Treating a mental disorder or substance abuse problem is often a multilayered process. As you progress from the depths of addiction into a newer and healthier lifestyle, you can enjoy the freedom of living at home while still being connected to your support groups and treatment networks. This is known as partial hospitalization addiction treatment, where you still receive high-quality, vital care – often seven days a week – to break your dependence on drugs and alcohol and to address the underlying causes thereof, without the need for constant supervision and monitoring.

How Does Partial Hospitalization Addiction Treatment Work?

Partial hospitalization addiction treatment still requires you to attend treatment sessions five to seven days a week, often up to eight hours a day; however, once the sessions are completed, you are free to leave the treatment facility. While patients with severe addictions or disorders, or those just starting on their journey of healing and recovery, need the fulltime care provided by residential treatment, patients undergoing partial hospitalization have often shown enough improvement and trust that the facility staff feel confident that they are ready to take some steps on their own. Partial hospitalization is also sometimes used in cases where individuals have familial commitments – such as caring for children or elderly family members – that they can’t leave to partake in residential care.

Nonetheless, partial hospitalization treatment is still very structured and concentrated. If a patient does not show expected signs of improvement, if attendance at partial hospitalization treatment sessions is negligent, or if a relapse occurs, the patient may be asked (or required) to live at the facility again until their condition progresses.

Remain on Course

The treatment facility may actively pursue the patient to re-engage in the partial hospitalization treatment program, perhaps even visiting one’s place of residence to check in and see why sessions are being missed. A therapist may impress that this is a very sensitive time in the patient’s treatment; while they are enjoying newfound freedom, it is equally important to remain on course with the treatment plan put out by the facility.

In the event that a patient drops out of partial hospitalization treatment and is successfully reintegrated, the reasons for their dropout will become part of the treatment plan. Their therapists will examine the reasoning behind their non-attendance, and use those reasons to see if there is a treatment plan that will produce a better retention rate for that patient. Once the new treatment plan is devised and implemented, and if it shows signs of success, the patient will be moved back to partial hospitalization status, to see if they are now in a better position to live on their own while still receiving treatment.

Partial hospitalization is usually not as intensive as residential care but is more involved than outpatient treatment.

What Happens in Treatment

Even though partial hospitalization offers more flexibility and freedom, the patient will still have the same in-person level and layers of care. That means that support groups, as well as individual, group or family therapy sessions, will still be a part of the treatment regimen. Patients will also have the additional step of learning to live on their own again, ideally in a clean and safe environment.

Like any good freedom, this is also a responsibility, because patients will have to apply and adapt what they learned in treatment sessions to real-world environments, such as:

  • Resuming academic/professional life
  • Interacting with friends and family members
  • Resisting the temptation to use drugs or alcohol when they are on their own

The treatment and support received in partial hospitalization will keep these challenges in mind. Therapists and support groups will give practical advice and guidance on the new life ahead of those in care.

The length of partial hospitalization addiction treatment depends on the opinion of the therapists, as well as the patient’s own improvement and self-reporting but usually tops out after a matter of a few weeks or months.

Does Partial Hospitalization Work?

A 1999 study by the National Institute of health strongly suggested that partial hospitalization was effective in alleviating symptoms of depression, reducing suicidal feelings and behavior in patients, and improving social and interpersonal relationships among patients. In the study, only three patients (12 percent of the participants) dropped out, which the authors said was less than the dropout rate among residential and outpatient treatment systems.

Partial hospitalization is a popular program. The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems Reported that 35 percent of their members offered partial hospitalization services, calling the practice a “critical” component of the restoration of mental health.

Black Bear Lodge is committed to giving you all the tools and resources you need to start your new, clean and healthy life. Call us today to see how we can work with you on beginning this journey together.