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What to Expect from Addiction Treatment

Some of the steps in the recovery process can seem intimidating, particularly if you are looking at a treatment plant that is part of a partial hospitalization program. We’re going to look at what you can expect during these particular steps in your recovery journey. This will help remove some of the mystery and potential fear can be taken out of a partial program.

What to Expect From Addiction Treatment

What to expect from addiction treatment will depend on what kind of program is being joined. The most common treatment plans are outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient rehab programs. Inpatient programs are highly inflexible programs that require the individual to put their whole life on hold for the duration of their treatment. Inpatient programs are often called residential treatment programs since they require the individual to reside in the treatment facility for up to 90 days in some cases. 

One of the most popular alternatives is a partial hospitalization program or PHP, sometimes simply called a “partial” program. They combine the intensity and commitment of an inpatient program, while still allowing the individual to maintain their own life. While they will still sleep in their own bed, they will commit to checking in for a full day of treatment programs and counseling sessions at the treatment facility, several times each week. Outpatient programs are similar but less intensive than partial hospitalization.

When to Consider Rehab

If you or someone you know is suffering from a substance use disorder or is abusing alcohol but is unsure of when it’s right to seek help, the answer is generally simple. You should consider rehab if you begin to experience any withdrawal symptoms when not using your substance of choice. Spending a majority of time getting, using, or recovering from using is also an incredibly significant indication that there is an addiction present.

First Steps

Checking in

Each day at a partial program, the individual is required to check in to the facility, as a patient. They are often required to be there from at least 9 am-10 am until 3 pm-4 pm, several days each week. 

Detox

Undergoing detox and remaining clean is essential for recovery success. This is particularly important for those with co-occurring disorders since diagnosis otherwise is generally so difficult. Mental health is a big factor in successful detox and recovery. 

A Typical Day in a Partial Care Program

A partial care program will often be Monday through Friday, with a full day of counseling and therapy sessions. The individual will arrive in the morning, and check in to the facility. They may or may not have an individual therapy or counseling session before the day begins. Once the day program has started, there will be a series of therapy and counseling activities that the individual will attend. In most cases, lunch will be served as part of the program. The program will end in the mid-afternoon or early evening. At this point, the individual goes home or to a sober living after checking out.

What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?

Intensive outpatient treatment is a version of standard outpatient treatment that commits more time to the recovery journey. They will often require several visits to the facility each week, with each visit being several hours.

How Does Outpatient Differ from Intensive Outpatient?

Outpatient and intensive outpatient programs often differ only in the level of commitment and time that is required to participate. Where an outpatient program may only need 4-8 hours per week of facility programs and counseling, an intensive outpatient program may require 15+ hours each week, depending on the individual. 

FAQ 

Am I Cured?

The short answer is that there really is no “cure” for addiction. Those on a recovery journey from alcoholism or drug use may feel temptations from time to time. An effective recovery center, however, will be able to teach successful coping mechanisms for those triggering times. 

What Happens After Treatment?

After treatment with a treatment center like Absolute Awakenings, many people in recovery will create their continuation of care by attending support groups as well as individual counseling sessions or similar therapy.

How Long Are Partial Programs?

While each treatment plan is tailored to the individual, a partial hospitalization program will often last two to four weeks. Following a partial care program, many patients choose to “step down” to an intensive outpatient program.

Transitioning Out of Treatment into Recovery

If you have completed detox treatment and want to continue some level of treatment while you transition out of a residential program, working with a partial hospitalization program or even an intensive outpatient program might be ideal. The admissions specialists at Absolute Awakenings can help get that transition started.