Day Treatment

Day treatment is also known as Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

It is less structured than a residential treatment program. Day treatment can be a step down from 24-hour, inpatient rehab care, or it can be the first step on someone’s journey to sobriety. It’s a less structured form of treatment, and while some programs refer to it as intensive outpatient therapy, others differentiate between the two.

Treatment for drug or alcohol addiction is often the most successful when it works with the patient, as they’re more likely to stick with it. For some people, inpatient rehabilitation is the only option, but for others, Day Treatment or Intensive Outpatient Treatment is a better fit. Day Treatment gives clients the option to begin creating new habits in their daily lives while still receiving intensive treatment to stay sober and gain a stronger support system.

“Baystate took me in when I didn’t want to stay sober and didn’t think I could. I suffered from anger issues and the program turned me into a hopeful, positive, and productive member of society. I truly don’t think any other program could have done it.”

– Corey B.

What Is Day Treatment, Exactly?

Day treatment is just what it sounds like – treatment for addiction during the day. It's different from complete residential treatment, in that there are no overnight accommodations, but many of the same program, support groups, and requirements are similar to those in in-patient rehabilitation. Day Treatment often requires a substantial time commitment from the client, however, and engagement in the sobriety process.

Where Will I Live When I'm in Day Treatment?

Where day treatment clients live largely depends on ther current living situation. For minors, or those with a strong live-in support system, they may stay at home. Other people, such as those with an unreliable home situation or those who have transitioned into a sober living community after an inpatient stay, may live in a sober living house, instead. Generally, day treatment is for those with a fairly stable living arrangement and those who don't need 24 hour medical supervision.

Will Day Treatment Help Me Get Sober?

The success of any drug or alcohol treatment program is contingent on the individual following the program, being open and honest during therapy sessions, and their willingness to do the hard work of personal introspection that goes along with ``untwisting`` addict behavior. That being said, a treatment program that includes education and support along with abstinence from drugs or alcohol tends to be more successful than simple cold turkey. Plus, relationships formed during treatment can help those in early sobriety with support from people in similar situations and with similar goals.

Who Is a Good Candidate For Day Treatment?

Day treatment may also be a good transition period between 24-hour inpatient and return to “real life.” Although many inpatient clients have some form of aftercare, those who have relapsed in the past or those who had severe addictions for a prolonged period of time may benefit from gradually acclimating to sober living. Day treatment may also be less expensive than other options, making it more accessible for those who are paying out of pocket or those with limited health insurance plans.

The Next Steps After Completing Day Treatment

Cleints who have successfully completed a day treatment program typically move to an intensive outpatient program, which may include 3-6 hours of therapy per week or a plan with less therapy, typically an hour of group sessions and an hour of individual counseling. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a popular option for many addicts, as it allows them to explore the circular pattern of addictive thinking and redirect their thoughts, and therefore their behavior, to healthier options.

Many people may also choose to join AA or NA programs, or other recovery systems like SMART Recovery or Celebrate Recovery, while in Inpatient or Day Treatment. Continuing with their group, sponsor, and the selected program is often part of the aftercare from Day Treatment.

More About Day Treatment at Baystate Recovery Center

Just as the names Partial Hospitalization or Day Treatment implies, clients engaged at this level of care are in programming at the Baystate Recovery Center outpatient office during the day on Monday-Friday, typically five (5) times per week, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Program duration is based on individual needs.

While engaged in Day Treatment, clients see the psychiatrist or physician’s assistant weekly for comprehensive psychiatric assessment and medication management. All clients at the Day Treatment level of care are required to be drug and alcohol tested in order to monitor their continued sobriety. Compliance with the regulations of the Baystate Recovery Program is mandatory for continued treatment.

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