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Partial Hospitalization


What is Partial Hospitalization?

A partial hospitalization program is an alternative to a full-time drug treatment program and outpatient counseling. It serves as a transition between the two services. For the right person, partial hospitalization in Massachusetts can help a person overcome addiction while continuing other aspects of their lifestylPageses, such as holding a job and living at home. Most partial hospitalization programs take place during the day and a person returns to his or her home overnight. Another name for partial hospitalization is day hospitalization. A person may attend such a program on a daily basis from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., for example.

While timeframes for partial hospitalization can vary, they typically consist of one to four weeks of services, then having access to an addiction aftercare group or other needed services. Examples of these aftercare services include 12-step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. Referral services are also available that help a person identify job-training programs, family assistance, medication assistance or other needed services.

Examples of services associated with partial hospitalization include:

  • Classes on coping skills
  • Daily group therapies
  • Education regarding substance abuse and treatment therapies
  • Group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Physician consultations
  • Stress management classes

A number of medical professionals work at a partial hospitalization program. These include psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, medical doctors, registered nurses, registered dietitians, and recreational staff.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Partial Hospitalization?

Partial hospitalization isn’t for every person who struggles with addiction. A person should have a supportive family or friends at home to create an atmosphere of stability. A person must also wish to enact real change in his or her life while retaining independence. Those in a partial hospitalization program are allowed to maintain a degree of autonomy while still undergoing treatment.

For some people, partial hospitalization is a service he or she takes advantage of following an inpatient medical detox stay. Partial hospitalization can serve as a transition time from inpatient care to the “real world” outside of a treatment facility.

Also, those who may have not responded to outpatient treatments, but are not yet ready to pursue full-time inpatient therapy.

What Should Be Expected From a Partial Hospitalization Program?

There are several goals most partial hospitalization programs in Massachusetts have. These include:

  • Helping a person maintain abstinence from drugs and/or alcohol
  • Help patients who experience both a substance abuse disorder and mental illness
  • Assist patients in developing a supportive home environment to help them achieve sobriety
  • Help people learn how to manage stressors that could cause a person to turn to drugs and/or alcohol

Why Choose Partial Hospitalization?

For some people, partial hospitalization can serve as an alternative to emergent medical treatment and/or inpatient hospitalization. Also, partial hospitalization often extends by one or two weeks. This service is longer than inpatient therapy, which can often be short and intended only for stabilization.

The goal for partial hospitalization is to help a person become and stay sober while also living his or her life. Also, if a person struggles with mental illness and substance abuse and is experiencing new symptoms, partial hospitalization can help to address these concerns.

In some instances, partial hospitalization can qualify for short-term disability status from an insurance perspective. This allows you to get the help you need while still earning an income, even if it is slightly less than your typical pay.

If you want to learn more about partial hospitalization, and potential benefits it may offer you, contact an addiction specialist today and learn more about your local options.