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Partial Hospitalization


Partial hospitalization programs in Utah are designed to provide intensive treatment for people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Partial hospitalization programs are available at least five days each week, although some facilities may also be open during some evenings and weekends. The objective is to provide the recovering person with a level of support and accountability during the times of the day that are most commonly identified as being the most difficult for the patient.

What Happens in Partial Hospitalization?

Patients receiving treatment for addiction are required to check in to treatment facilities to attend pre-arranged appointments and therapy sessions that may be part of an intensively structured treatment program.

In most partial hospitalization facilities, patients may have appointments with doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists, and other addiction specialist staff. The type of treatments a patient will receive are dependent on the type of drug being taken, along with any other mental health conditions that are being treated simultaneously.

Treatments can include individual counseling sessions, behavioral therapy, group support sessions, relapse prevention planning, and medication management. Many facilities in Utah may also provide access to a range of alternative or holistic therapies that are intended to be integrated into a traditional treatment program.

Addiction specialists use therapy to help correct the self-destructive attitudes and behaviors that triggered the addictive substance abuse. Further therapy then works to replace dysfunctional behaviors with positive new habits and coping skills for living life without the need to return back to a pattern of drug abuse.

In the event that the patient has a co-existing mental health disorder that needs to be treated concurrently, specialized therapy is integrated into the treatment plan to address both disorders.

Partial Hospitalization vs Outpatient vs Inpatient

Inpatient rehab facilities require that the person lives at the center full-time throughout the course of treatment. The residential treatment center provides medically-supervised and monitored detox procedures, intensive therapy sessions, addiction education, and group support sessions.

Partial hospitalization is also commonly known as day treatment. While the level of treatment and support offered is still intensive, it’s a step down from the level of care provided in an inpatient facility. Structured treatment programs and sessions are available throughout the day, but the patient is able to return home or to a sober living community when treatments are complete.

Partial hospitalization treatments are best suited to those people who need the strong support of a structured drug treatment program, but who don’t require around-the-clock monitoring and supervision.

Outpatient rehab treatments still offer structures treatment programs, counseling, therapy, and support for people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. The patient needs to check in with addiction specialists several times each week to attend counseling sessions, group support sessions, and for nurses to monitor any medication that has been prescribed.  The person has the freedom to return home after the treatment session has ended, which is ideal for those with work commitments or family obligations to uphold.

Who is a Good Candidate for Partial Hospitalization?

Partial hospitalization is best suited for people in Utah who require a rigidly structured treatment program and a high level of support through the recovery process. People who have already completed an inpatient rehab program can choose to step down to a partial hospitalization program, as it can be a beneficial way to transition back to independent living.

What Happens after Partial Hospitalization Treatment is Complete?

Completing a partial hospitalization rehab program is a significant achievement, but it is just a part of the overall journey to recovery. The majority of facilities offer rehab graduates access to a range of aftercare programs to continue providing the support and treatment the person needs to continue the recovery process.

The facility may also offer referrals to other treatment specialists who can provide the level of support and treatment the person needs. Access to a range of group support meetings is also made available, including traditional 12-step meetings such as Addictions Anonymous, and non-traditional meetings, such as SMART Recovery.

Only you can make the decision to change. Don’t hesitate to call an addiction specialist today if you are in need of treatment.