Partial hospitalization is intense short term treatment that is less restrictive than inpatient treatment. With this level of treatment, you will go to the treatment program up to 5 days a week for several hours and return home at night. Partial hospitalization is beneficial for people that need intense treatment, but are unable to enter inpatient treatment due to other obligations or because they want to be home at night.
You may think that partial hospitalization will restrict you from your life and other people. This is not the case! While in a partial hospitalization program, you will be involved in group therapy and individual therapy. You will hear other people’s stories and you may even make a lifelong friend.
Partial hospitalization is intended for people who are experiencing an increase of mental health or substance dependency symptoms. Partial hospitalization programs are most common for people living with mental health issues, but some substance abuse treatment centers offer this level of care. Depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, PTSD and substance use are common reasons why some people choose to enter a partial hospitalization program.
Now that you understand a little bit about partial hospitalization, what is it like?
Partial hospitalization programs are comprehensive. Comprehensive treatment means that there are several people involved in your care. You will see a therapist or counselor, meet with a doctor or advanced practice nurse if you need adjustments or to start a medication regimen.
You will commit to 2-4 weeks of going to the treatment center during the day and being able to leave at night. Some programs have half day and evening hours. The purpose is not to restrict you, but instead to give you structured, intense care so that you can return to stability. The goal of this type of treatment is to avoid a full relapse to symptoms and to get you back on your feet.
While in treatment, you will receive education about medication management, relapse prevention, and the importance of maintaining a support system. During treatment, your counselor will work with you on developing an aftercare plan. An aftercare plan is a written plan identifying actions that you should take to encourage your stability. For example, attending support groups, seeing your therapist regularly and taking your medication are all examples of goals for aftercare planning.
Some treatment programs also offer alternative therapy options. Yoga, acupuncture and nutrition are examples of alternative therapy methods. You would need to ask the program what type of services they offer to be sure.
Partial hospitalization is beneficial if you are looking to return to positive functioning. You may have been advised to enter this type of program by your doctor, psychiatrist or therapist. Engaging in this level of treatment is only a few weeks long, but you will feel better after making such a positive commitment to yourself.
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