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Day Treatment for Addiction

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Day treatment at GAADS is recommended when a person needs a high degree of structure and accountability but still has a home environment that is supportive for recovery.

Many people are admitted directly to day treatment when they have had difficulty getting off of drugs or alcohol. This level of care is ideal for those who lack routine or support in their daily life, often due to the loss of job, school or family. GAADS delivers this service in three models, from three to six to 13 hours per day.

Because they often meet criterion for disability and need support against relapse and impulsivity, the most used path is 13 hours per day. People admitted to day treatment undergo extensive assessment by a physician, a nurse and counselor or therapist. Twelve-step recovery participation is required. Following is a typical full day of day treatment at GAADS:

Time

Activity

Participants

8:45 AM

Arrive at the Treatment Program

Patient

9:00 - 9:45 AM

Individual Reading Assignments

Patient

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Relapse Prevention, Yoga,
Spirituality or Diet

Patient and group

11:30 AM -1:00 PM

Lunch Break and Writing Time

Patient

1:00 - 2:30 PM

First Step Group (Presenting
Written First Step Guide)

Patient and group
(typically about 20
written pages)

2:45 - 4:15 PM

Process Group (Presenting
Written Treatment Objectives)

Patient and group

4:15 - 6:30 PM

Dinner Break and Writing Time

Patient

6:30 - 8:15 PM

Process Group or
Multi-Family Therapy

Patient, group, family
members (presenting
written treatment
objectives with
family members)

8:30 - 10:00 PM

AA Meeting

Patient, group and
outside recovery
community members

10:00 PM

Depart for Home/
Recovery Home

Patient

Successful completion of Phase I of day treatment usually happens following three to four weeks of this schedule, or can be coupled with a transition to intensive outpatient. Discharge from these levels of care occurs upon completion of a written first step and treatment plans, education, 12-step recovery goals, family involvement and discharge planning. Learn more about continuing care...

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