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Partial Hospitalization for Addiction

Drug abuse rates are high across the country, and according to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Ohio, the availability of some drugs, especially heroin, is increasing in several regions, possibly because hospitals are now limiting the prescription of opioids. As a result, treatment for addiction is in high demand.

Addiction treatment is difficult and complex, much like the condition of addiction itself, and it must be tailored to each individual case. Sometimes, a lengthy stay as an inpatient in a rehab center is the best option, but for others, partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment is more appropriate. A recovering addict can also transition from one mode of treatment to another as their recovery progresses and they start to reintegrate back into their normal environment. A typical transition is inpatient treatment for medical detox and stabilization, followed by a lengthy stay in rehab for serious addiction or partial hospitalization for moderate addiction, and then outpatient treatment as a follow-up.


Partial Hospitalization Programs


The dozens of partial hospitalization programs (sometimes referred to as day treatment programs) offered in Ohio are all goal-oriented and aim to help people in addiction recovery to remain abstinent and manage any mental health disorders or illnesses associated with their addiction. The therapies and facilities provided are designed to help the recovering addicts to stabilize and learn the skills they need to move toward a less restrictive level of care and an improved quality of life without returning to the addiction.


Partial hospitalization programs offer intensive, therapeutic treatment for recovering addicts who do not need the security of 24 hour care, but who do need more than a visit to a counselor a couple of times a week as an outpatient. The programs also provide flexibility for those who cannot afford to take time away from their work, school, or regular commitments, and for those who are making the transition back into the community.


Typically, a partial hospitalization program provides therapy for recovering addicts five days or more per week. The length of time at the treatment center varies from one facility to another, but the patient will spend a minimum of two hours, and up to seven hours, each day at the center. During this time, patients take part in structured group or individual therapy sessions, education classes about addiction and relapse, and recreation or alternative therapies such as art therapy, music therapy, meditation, or restorative yoga. They also take part in skills training to help them learn new strategies for coping with urges and cravings, as well as dealing with the triggers that have led them to addictive behaviors in the past. The level of care and the mix of therapies is tailored to each individual patient.


Psychotherapies offered in Ohio addiction treatment centers usually include a mix of therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivation enhancement therapy, and/or dialectical behavioral therapy. Management of medications for the addiction and any associated mental health issues is also an important part of treatment. Face-to-face counseling with a trained psychotherapist is required to ensure that the recovering addict is successfully dealing with the issues involved with the addiction and the mental health disorders often associated with it, such as depression and anxiety. Family therapy may also be included, since addiction tends to affect everyone close to the addicted person. Patients completing a partial hospitalization program are also expected to attend 12-step meetings or other recovery support programs, such as SMART Recovery.


Inpatient rehab is not always possible or desirable, and entering a partial hospitalization program can be an excellent way for a recovering addict to make the transition from medical detox or inpatient rehab to normal life outside of addiction treatment centers. For more information about the benefits of partial hospitalization, dial an addiction specialist today.