Partial Day Treatment

What is a Partial Day Program?

A partial day program (PDP) is an addiction treatment program that is more intensive than outpatient but less than residential care. It is also known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or “day rehab.” The PHP level of care contains many of the same elements as a residential addiction treatment program. It can be just as effective for women who are working to recover from addiction.

Partial day programming works to further develop the life skills and healing tools developed in residential treatment. Our PHP doesn’t require individuals to have completed residential care, but it helps to have some residential treatment experience. Patients can also benefit from a supportive family situation at home without the presence of drugs or alcohol.    

Who Can Benefit From a PHP Level of Care?

Women from all walks of life and with varying levels of addiction can benefit from our partial hospitalization program. However, there are some factors that may contribute to more consistent success. 

While past attendance at a residential treatment program is not a prerequisite for our PHP level of care, it can certainly benefit a patient. Many women who have prior residential treatment experience will have gained valuable skills and lessons that will ease the transition to a partial day program. 

It’s also important for women to have a stable, supportive, and substance-free home to return to at the end of the day. Family support through the rehab process is statistically one of the most important success markers and this program is no exception. The ability to avoid substance use in a comfortable home environment is a necessity for recovery. 

While everyone has a different financial and childcare situation, the intensity level of this program is best for women whose children are school-aged. This removes the need for paid childcare. The hours are flexible but they often coincide with a normal school day, making it an ideal solution for our women with children. 

The level of addiction is an important factor to consider when contemplating what type of rehabilitation program to commit to. While New Directions also offers detoxification programs and intensive therapy, our partial hospitalization program is designed for women who have already begun their recovery journey or whose addictions are not at the level that would require detox or residential care. 

As a women’s-only addiction treatment program, we provide gender-separate, culturally relevant, and holistic addiction treatment services that meet women’s needs. We also treat women with children and pregnant women who are suffering from the disease of addiction.

How Does Our California Partial Hospitalization Program Work?

The structured schedule begins at 9 a.m. and completes at 3 p.m., with a 30-minute lunch break. Sessions are held Monday through Friday. A Saturday Family Group component is also offered from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. The length of time a woman participates in our PHP level of care depends on her clinical needs. The right amount of time depends on the progress each woman makes.

All participants in our partial day program are monitored via face-to-face check-ins and random drug screens to ensure successful recovery. The most important aspect of treatment is the willingness to change. New Directions for Women promotes accountability and this is followed diligently.

If you are struggling with addiction, our partial day program can be the spark to set your recovery journey in motion. You will get professional and peer support and break old habits by learning new skills to create a toolkit for lasting recovery.

Therapy Options at New Directions Partial Hospitalization Program

Women in our partial day program will have an individual therapist that they will work with for the duration of the program. The therapist will develop an individual treatment plan based on the strengths, needs, abilities, and preferences of the woman in treatment. 

Both individual and group therapy are part of our partial day program. The group will address abstinence from substance use and the development of life skills. It will also offer an introduction to 12-step groups and encourage patients to become part of the community. Group therapy also helps people to relearn how to interact with friends and family. 

One other type of group that is beneficial is the process group that patients participate in three times per week. During this time, patients can share current struggles and triumphs and also receive support and feedback from their peers. Group therapy is one of the most beneficial and significant aspects of treatment for addiction. After all, being accountable to and getting support from other women with similar stories can make a huge impact.

Residential Treatment vs. Partial Day Program

treatment-motherThe main difference between residential treatment and a partial day program is their intensity levels. Residential programs typically require patients to live at their rehab center as they begin the journey to recovery. While in a partial hospitalization program, individuals may either live at home or another sober living environment.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment refers to a rehabilitation program where the patient lives on campus at a treatment center for a period of time. In a residential program, patients live in a home-like facility where food, a room, and other amenities are available.

This program often lasts between 30 and 90 days depending on the severity of the addiction and the need for detoxification. Duration of stay depends entirely on a person’s progress during treatment. The presence of co-occurring disorders such as depression can also affect how long treatment lasts.

In most residential treatment situations, a patient will start with a detox process before moving onto the next stage of treatment. Detox is the expelling process of the body from harmful toxins and addictive substances like alcohol and/or drugs. Since withdrawal symptoms can be severe, it’s best to take the detox process on in a residential treatment setting.

After detox, treatment will move into more traditional methods such as individual and group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention education. All of this occurs while patients are living on campus, establishing healthy lives and relational habits under the care of our professional staff members. 

Partial Day Program/Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial day programs allow patients the flexibility of returning home at the end of the day while still receiving thorough, world-class care at our beautiful campus. In fact, our PHP will involve many of the same programs, just without the need to stay on campus overnight. This gives patients the ability to continue to work, find a routine, and improve relationships with friends and family. 

A PHP is the middle ground between full-time inpatient care and an outpatient program. The patient will spend several hours a day, five to seven days a week, going over standard treatments and programs to jumpstart their detox process and recovery. The program typically provides lunch and may also be able to offer transportation services.

Choosing Which Plan is Right for You


Choosing the right recovery path is one of the most important decisions you or your loved one can ever make. If there is uncertainty, it’s important to meet with friends, family, and trained professionals to seek opinions about the right path for you.

At New Directions, we can provide a customized assessment that shows a clearer picture of what plan may be best for your needs. While it may sound great to have the flexibility of a PHP treatment, your symptoms may be more appropriately treated in a residential setting.

Signs of Addiction

If you or your loved one is demonstrating one or more of the following, you may be at risk of addiction:

  • Failing in your attempts to stop using the drug
  • Drug or alcohol use every day or multiple times a day
  • Thoughts controlled by thoughts of drug or alcohol use
  • Taking/using more of a substance than you intended
  • Spending money on the drug, even though you can’t afford it
  • Inability to maintain relationships or complete work-related tasks
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug
  • Developed tolerance, or the need to use more of a substance to achieve the same effect

It can be difficult to know the difference between someone who uses drugs or alcohol recreationally and someone who has developed an addiction. But if any of these signs are present, it’s important to reach out to a professional treatment center like ours here at New Directions.

What Can Clients Expect at New Directions for Women?

Some of the most common treatments and activities you might experience at New Directions are:

At New Directions for Women, we utilize our incredible facilities and a wide range of treatments to offer patients a customized experience that can truly open doors to a better life.

We are committed to providing cutting-edge, holistic care in a safe and confidential environment. Our team of trained professionals has spearheaded drug and alcohol recovery for thousands of women, and we know you or your loved one can benefit from our expertise.

About Our Facility

Our program is held at one of our two serene and private outpatient offices, just off the 405 or 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa. The New Directions facility features beautiful landscaping along with spacious and peaceful meeting rooms. We have play areas for children as well as pool and exercise facilities and so much more.

You will have the opportunity to relax in our beautiful gardens or watch tropical fish swim in one of our aquariums. Feel free to take a dip in our pool or break a sweat in our gym with a friend. See for yourself how our amazing facilities set us apart! 

Begin Your Recovery Journey Today at New Directions for Women

At New Directions for Women, our mission is “Saving the lives of women of all ages, women with children and pregnant women affected by alcoholism, other addictions, and related issues.” Our track record of success is unparalleled in the SoCal treatment world. Our incredible staff has tens of thousands of hours of successful treatment and our facilities are second to none. Are you ready to begin or continue your treatment journey? If you believe a partial hospitalization program might be for you, contact us today!

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