A partial day program is treatment for substance use or psychiatric disorders that provides structure and intensive treatment. Partial day programs use the same evidence-based treatments as an inpatient or outpatient program, such as counseling, psychotherapy, group sessions and alternative therapies.
Individuals in partial day programs will travel to their treatment center up to five days per week, for up to five or six hours of treatment each day. Typically, the programs run from Monday through Friday and provide transportation. The duration of treatment and types of therapies and services utilized are customized to a person’s unique needs.
Partial day programs are ideal for people who need a more intensive level of treatment than most outpatient programs can provide. Partial day programs can function as a good transition for people leaving an inpatient program.
What Are the Benefits of a Partial Day Program?
1. High-Quality Treatment
The therapies provided in a partial day program are the same used in inpatient treatment. The primary difference between inpatient and partial day programs is that during inpatient treatment, the individual lives at the facility. Partial day programs allow participants access to the same quality treatment, but patients return to their residences at the end of the day.
2. Accessible, Flexible Schedules
A day program offers flexible schedules that allow individuals with commitments to fit treatment into their existing schedules. Because partial day programs are more flexible, they’re more accessible. If people seeking addiction treatment feel that a residential program is too much of a commitment, partial day treatment will feel easier to commit to and participate in because it’s not a 24/7 program.
3. Affordable Care
If an intensive level of care is needed but finances prevent someone from attending a costly residential rehab, a partial day program is a good alternative. Partial day programs also allow participants to stay in treatment longer since it’s more affordable, compared to inpatient treatment.
4. Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Partial day programs offer effective treatment and substantial support for sobriety, so they are highly beneficial to those who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, which is also known as a dual diagnosis. Since individuals attend treatment on most days of the week, they can have their symptoms regularly monitored by professionals. Any necessary treatment adjustments are then easily made in order to provide effective dual diagnosis support.1
5. Environmental Support
The environmental support provided by partial day programs assists people in recovery for the times they are not at the treatment center.2 The staff at a partial day program can help to identify and address issues such as housing and employment, and how clients solve problems and cope with life outside the program are monitored.
Partial day programs work with clients to ensure they are participating in community-based support systems like 12-step meetings. Clients are encouraged to develop positive support networks. All of these environmental supports strengthen recovery, which better equips participants for success in long-term sobriety.