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Partial Hospitalization

Addiction is a mental and physical condition that is difficult to bring under control. Contrary to what many non-addicts may think, it is not easy for addicts to quit, even when they have a strong desire to do so. Most addicts will need expert help if they are to successfully quit. Fortunately, in Wyoming, there are plenty of places that can help addicts.

Some of the Wyoming help centers offer inpatient treatment. Addicts commit to remaining a resident for a predetermined period. People can also avail of outpatient treatment. A third option is partial hospitalization.

The provision of partial hospitalization came about due to a noticeable phenomenon in which people with mental health issues are more prone to addiction than the general populace. Coexisting addiction to drugs or alcohol and mental health problems complicates treatment of both conditions. Partial hospitalization treatment may be the best option for those with coexisting conditions, often referred to as dual diagnosis patients.

Whereas inpatients will spend their nights sleeping in their treatment facility, those who opt for partial hospitalization treatment do not. They return home after each treatment session. Treatment sessions usually take place from three to five days every week, and each session normally lasts several hours.

While this type of treatment is very similar to outpatient treatment in terms of how people attend, it is completely different in terms of treatment. Patients receive intense therapeutic care during their sessions. Additionally, treatment sessions tend to be much longer than those offered to outpatients.


Patients Who May Benefit Most from Partial Hospitalization

A good candidate for partial hospitalization is anyone who has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and who is also addicted to drugs or alcohol. Many people with mental health problems are at risk of becoming addicted to drugs that may have been prescribed to treat the mental disorder. For such people, standard addiction treatment will rarely be of benefit because it will not address the mental health issue. Most treatments involve addicts quitting completely at the outset or being weaned off gradually. These may not be an option when there are mental health problems.

Partial hospitalization may also be the best solution for people who have become addicted to drugs that were prescribed to treat a chronic condition. For example, many people suffer from chronic pain, and may rely on medication to bring relief. Simply stopping the medication is unlikely to work, because that ignores the issue of treating the pain. It requires expert medical intervention to come up with a treatment plan that will deal with both health issues.

Another type of person who may find partial hospitalization is one who either dislikes the idea of becoming an inpatient, or who cannot take part in an inpatient program because of other commitments.

How Many People are affected by Coexistent Conditions?

According to the National Institute on Mental Health, 4.2 percent of the adult population had a serious mental health disorder in 2014. That means there are likely to be around 24,500 people in Wyoming with mental health issues. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that up to half of these will also have a substance abuse disorder.


What the Treatment is designed to Achieve

The treatment has the twofold aim of helping addicts bring their addiction under control while simultaneously treating the mental health disorder. Patients will be given counseling and therapy to help them change their addictive behavior, and to avoid relapse.

After treatment, patients will need to work closely with their doctors to help them avoid relapse and monitor the progress they are making with regards to their mental health disorder.

Don’t let addiction take over your life. Contact a trained specialist to learn if partial hospitalization is right for you.