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Drug and Alcohol Abuse Day Programs
Drug And Alcohol Abuse Day Programs
If you have a family that you need to take care of even as you continue seeking treatment for your substance use disorder, then you might find that drug and alcohol abuse day programs are the best for you. This is because such programs are scheduled in such a way that you can easily go back home and get the time to be part of your family both before and after you undergo treatment.
About Drug And Alcohol Abuse Day Programs
Drug and alcohol abuse day programs are also known as partial hospitalization addiction treatment. They are designed for people making the transition out of inpatient or residential treatment but who still require support and structure to manage their substance use disorder and ensure that they do not relapse. The programs provide a full day of treatment, after which you get to go home (in case the environment there is stable) or to a transitional living facility (where your home is not conducive for your recovery).
Most of these programs also heavily emphasize the importance of practical and emotional support - both at home and within the community, school, or work environment. Additionally, they might require the involvement of the addict's family in the treatments and therapies provided.
The programs may also provide a wide variety of services and treatments, including but not limited to:
- 12 step education
- Educational groups
- Family education and counseling
- Individual counseling
- Recovery planning to prevent relapse
- Recreational activities
- Team building
Otherwise known as PHPs (partial hospitalization programs), drug and alcohol abuse day programs are a particular type of outpatient addiction treatment that will cater to you when you need care that is on a higher level than most standard outpatient facilities can provide. As such, these programs will provide you with more comprehensive medical monitoring and treatment services during the day but you won't get to stay at the facility overnight.
In most cases, you might be required to attend the program 3 to 5 days every week for close to 4 to 6 hours every day - although this might vary from patient to patient - while still staying at home.
These programs are mostly used to help patients step down after completing inpatient rehabilitation. As such, they are ideal if you don't require round the clock supervision but you could still benefit from the higher level of support provided.
How Drug And Alcohol Abuse Day Programs Work
Even before you undergo treatment, the staff will perform an intake evaluation to help them develop a personalized and individualized treatment and rehabilitation plan depending on your mental health condition (if any) and addiction.
As a patient, you will also get to participate in an intensive recovery program where you will work with different treatment professionals, such as psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, nurses, and doctors.
Some of the services typically provided in day programs include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Aftercare planning for sober living homes, 12-step programs, and support groups
- Dual diagnosis or co-occurring treatment
- Group counseling
- Holistic treatments, including music and art therapy, fitness classes, equine therapy, nutrition planning, meditation, and yoga
- Individual therapy
- Medical services
- Medication management
Duration Of Treatment
For most drug and alcohol abuse day programs, the length of treatment will vary greatly based on the patient's particular needs and requirements. Similarly, all PHPs have different approaches and patients tend to come with unique cases.
When you enroll in such a program, however, you will generally be required to go for treatment every day of the week for around 4 to 6 hours before you return home. After you've completed rehabilitation, you might be transitioned to a standardized outpatient program where you only have to attend therapy and treatment 1 to 2 times every week to help maintain your stability, sobriety, and recovery.
Who Needs Drug And Alcohol Abuse Day Programs?
Some patients are more highly likely to benefit from drug and alcohol abuse day programs than others. In particular, partial hospitalization works best for anyone who:
- Has a strong support base back at home
- Has experienced problems with work or school performance
- Has transportation and a stable and safe housing situation
- Needs close medical supervision
- Requires more support that they would get from a traditional outpatient rehab program
Paying For Drug And Alcohol Abuse Day Programs
The cost of these program varies greatly depending on how long you undergo treatment and how much your insurer can cover you. However, the treatment will typically cost less than an inpatient or residential program because you won't have to pay for board and room.
All insurers work different. However, you should check to ensure that your company provides some coverage for drug and alcohol abuse day programs especially now that addiction and substance abuse treatment is an essential component of health care. This means that Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance companies are legally required to cover treatment for addiction in the same way they cover other mental health and medical conditions.
However, some facilities might not accept Medicaid or Medicare, so you might want to do some research while looking for the right drug and alcohol abuse day programs for you.
If this is the case, or if you don't have insurance, consider the following options to finance your treatment and rehabilitation:
- Getting a payment plan or paying via sliding scale
- Health care credit card
- Home equity loans
- Personal savings
- Specialized loans
Overall, if you are addicted and/or battling with a substance use disorder or co-occurring mental health issue, then you might find that drug and alcohol abuse day programs are effective for you. In most cases, however, these programs are best suited for patients who have obligations at home, school, and/or work that they have to take care of even as they undergo treatment. The programs work well because they allow such patients to continue meeting their responsibilities while still getting the rehabilitation services they require to overcome their problems with drugs/alcohol.
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