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Some people struggling to recover from drug or alcohol addiction may require partial hospitalization treatment. Partial hospitalization programs are available at least five days per week, but may also be available during some evenings and weekends in some instances. Most programs in Oregon are tailored to suit each patient’s individual treatment and recovery needs.

What Happens in Partial Hospitalization?

People recovering from addiction are required to check in to day treatment facilities according to pre-arranged appointments and sessions booked with doctors, counselors, and other addiction specialist staff.

Treatments include structured counseling sessions, behavioral therapy treatments, group therapy sessions, education about the nature of addiction as a chronic disease, learning strong relapse prevention strategies, and integration of alternative or holistic therapies to suit each patient’s individual needs.

Addiction specialists work to address dysfunctional or self-destructive attitudes and behaviors that triggered the addictive substance abuse. Further therapy then works to replace those patterns with positive new habits and skills for living a healthy and productive life after treatment ends.

Some people who enter into addiction treatment may also require specific treatment for a coexisting mental illness. Day treatment designed to treat both the addiction and the underlying mental health disorder at the same time can also be arranged in many instances.

Treatment services also incorporate support, monitoring, and accountability during those hours of the day usually identified as being the most difficult for recovering patients.

Partial Hospitalization vs. Outpatient vs. Inpatient

Inpatient rehab treatment requires that the patient live at the facility full-time for the duration of treatment. The facility provides intensive therapy, addiction education, and medical monitoring and supervision during the period of admission.

Partial hospitalization is also sometimes called day treatment, and is a step down in intensity from inpatient treatment. Structured programs are conducted during the day, but patients are allowed to return home or to a sober living environment in the evening. This level of care is ideal for people who need structured treatment programs, but who no longer need 24-hour supervision. Patients participate in therapeutic support group sessions, structured activities, and relapse prevention planning strategies.

Outpatient treatments require recovering people to check in with addiction specialists several times each week for ongoing counseling, therapy and support.  Outpatient centers offer the opportunity for people to maintain family and work responsibilities and obligations around their treatment needs.

Who is a Good Candidate for Partial Hospitalization?

Partial hospitalization is ideal for people in Oregon who still require structured treatment programs, including ongoing therapy with addiction specialists, access to psychiatrists for counseling, nurses and doctors for medication management, and group therapy sessions for ongoing support.

People who have already completed an intensive inpatient rehab program can benefit from stepping down to a partial hospitalization program, as it still provides an intensive level of therapy. Likewise, those people who struggled to maintain motivation in a less intensive outpatient treatment program can step up to this level of care for additional support and structure.

The goal of most programs is to help recovering people develop skills that help them better manage their symptoms, but also to learn new ways of living a healthy and productive life without drugs or alcohol.

What Happens after Partial Hospitalization Treatment is Complete?

Completing a partial hospitalization program in Oregon is a huge achievement. However, recovery is an ongoing process. Most facilities offer a range of aftercare programs and will offer referrals to other treatment specialists who can continue to provide support and treatment after the person is discharged from day treatment programs.

The objective of day treatment plans is to provide a recovering person with the tools and skills needed to achieve long-term sobriety.

Contacting an addiction specialist today can turn your life around. You can get on the road to a happier, healthier life without drugs.