There are several different forms of addiction treatment, and each is meant to address a very specific set of recovery needs. While we tend to focus on inpatient or residential-style forms of treatment, there are outpatient types of treatment that are extremely versatile, appealing to the widest variety of recovery needs. At Rise Health Systems, our partial hospitalization program has been specially designed to offer individuals in need of psychotherapy, trauma resolution therapy, and a selection of holistic and supplemental therapies.
What is Partial Hospitalization Treatment?
Many of us are familiar with the concepts of inpatient and outpatient care, but it would be misleading to say that inpatient and outpatient are the only types of care that exist. In reality, there are actually several types of treatment that exist in-between inpatient and outpatient care. It’s helpful to think of addiction treatment as existing on a spectrum with inpatient treatment on one end and outpatient care on the other. As you may know, inpatient care is a residential-style program wherein patients are provided with temporary residential accommodations in which to stay for the duration of the program. By comparison, outpatient treatment is a style of care wherein patients continue to live at home while commuting to treatment on predetermined days. Beyond the two sides of the spectrum, there are actually several effective forms of treatment that exist in-between.
While addiction treatment may have historically been inflexible, many individuals today require a level of flexibility. In fact, not everyone who suffers from a substance abuse problem is able to complete inpatient treatment; however, those who are unable to complete inpatient treatment don’t usually want to have to sacrifice the quality of their addiction treatment. In such instances, something like a partial hospitalization program would be an ideal solution.
Partial hospitalization treatment is the most intensive form of outpatient care. Although there’s some variation from patient to patient, most individuals in partial hospitalization programs will participate in treatment five days per week, which shows just how similar the intensity of a partial hospitalization program can be to a traditional inpatient program.
Why a Partial Hospitalization Program is Effective
Much as every person develops an addiction through a unique set of circumstances, the path from addiction to recovery is likewise unique. Thus, no two people who require addiction treatment have the same treatment needs. However, there are many people who would benefit from a partial hospitalization program for addiction and substance abuse. For one thing, it’s important to remember that partial hospitalization is a form of outpatient treatment. This means that patients will benefit from the flexibility that outpatient forms of care provide, allowing them to continue to meet their familial and professional responsibilities. As well, inpatient forms of care are sometimes prohibitive to recovery; whether it’s due to resistance to inpatient care or for financial reasons, a number of those who need help for addiction would prefer an outpatient form of treatment as it’s more accessible.
Even though partial hospitalization treatment is an outpatient program, it’s important to remember that it’s not simply a standard outpatient program. In fact, partial hospitalization programs offer a level of treatment intensity that’s much more similar to inpatient care. In other words, rather than sacrificing treatment intensity for flexibility, partial hospitalization treatment offers the best of both worlds in many ways. Individuals who enroll in our partial hospitalization program will benefit from a core of psychotherapy as well as trauma resolution therapy and a selection of relevant holistic therapies.
Trauma Resolution Treatment
One of the most common causes of addiction is the use of alcohol or drugs as a means of self-medicating, oftentimes due to the experience of some type of trauma in one’s past. In such instances, it’s often the case that the people who self-medicate with alcohol or drugs are individuals who have suffered from physical, emotional, or perhaps even sexual abuse in the past, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder being a driving force behind their substance abuse.
With the term “trauma,” there’s the implication that someone suffered from some type of experience that resulted in significant and lasting mental, emotional, and/or physical distress with “lasting” being an important qualifier. If the inciting event is something that does not leave a lasting impression on the individual, it’s likely that the effects of that event wouldn’t be considered trauma; instead, people who are traumatized tend to experience lingering effects from the inciting event. Oftentimes the trauma results in reoccurring distress as the victims of trauma re-experience their suffering — an experience that can either be provoked or seemingly random — intermittently over extended periods of time, which is why trauma victims often become desperate for relief.
Holistic Therapies for Substance Abuse
There’s a tendency to associate holism with medicine. By definition, holistic medicine is a branch of medical practice that utilizes a multitude of different resources rather than resorting solely to clinical treatment. In short, holism tends to offer patients solutions to their physical, psychological, and even their spiritual health needs, making holistic medicine a much more comprehensive form of care than traditional clinical care. However, holism isn’t just applied to the area of medicine; in fact, holism has also been applied to the area of addiction treatment.
At Rise Health Systems, we offer patients in our partial hospitalization program a selection of curated holistic therapies with which to personalize their recovery journeys. Contrary to the common misconception that holistic therapies for substance abuse equate to spiritualism, Rise Health Systems offers a variety of holistic therapies including massage therapy, biofeedback, experiential therapies like art therapy and adventure therapy, and a multitude of others. The idea is that, rather than forcing patients to conform to a limited set of treatments and therapeutic modalities, each patient can pick and choose from our selection of holistic therapies, allowing them to tailor our partial hospitalization program in such a way that it can address their unique recovery needs. As such, those who enroll in our partial hospitalization program will have optimal chances of achieving lasting sobriety and enjoying a long-lasting recovery.