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    What is a Partial Day Program?

    A partial day program is a substance abuse addiction treatment program that is more intensive than outpatient but less intensive than residential program care. It is also known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or “day rehab”. When it comes to our partial hospitalization program in California, this level of care contains many of the same elements as a residential 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, mental health, and healing tools developed in substance abuse residential treatment. Our partial hospitalization programs don’t require individuals to have completed residential care. But, in some cases, it helps to have some residential program experience before transitioning into any form of outpatient care. Patients can also benefit from a supportive family situation at home without the presence of drugs or alcohol.

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    Who Can Benefit From A Partial Hospitalization Program Level Of Care?

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

    While past attendance at a residential program is not a prerequisite for our partial hospitalization program level of care, it can certainly be helpful for patients. Many women who have prior residential program 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, especially for their mental health. 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 and overall mental health. 

    While everyone has a different financial and childcare situation, the intensity level of this substance abuse 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. New Directions also offers detoxification programs and intensive therapy, which can help to ensure that our clients who transition into our PHP are ready for a less intensive treatment program.

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

    How Does Our California Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) 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 partial hospitalization programs 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 a successful recovery. The most important aspect of substance abuse treatment is the willingness to change. New Directions for Women promotes accountability and this is followed diligently.

    If you are struggling with substance abuse addiction, our partial day programs 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 (PHP)

    Women in our partial day programs 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 programs. 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 addiction treatment. 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

    The main difference between a residential program 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 in California, individuals may either live at home or in another sober living environment.

    Residential Treatment

    A residential treatment program refers to a rehabilitation program where the patient lives on campus at a treatment center for some 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. The duration of an individual’s stay depends entirely on her 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 on to the next stage of treatment. Detox is the process of expelling harmful toxins and addictive substances like alcohol and drugs from the body. Since withdrawal symptoms can be severe, it’s best to take on the detox process in a residential treatment setting.

    After detox, treatment will move into more traditional mental health methods such as:

    All of this occurs while patients are living on campus, establishing healthy lives and relational habits under the care of our professional staff members. 

    More About Our Partial Day Program


    Partial Day Treatment 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. Our partial day program 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 partial hospitalization program in California is the middle ground between full-time inpatient treatment 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 for Women, 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 partial hospitalization program, your symptoms may be more appropriately treated in a residential setting. So, it is important to rely on the guidance of our addiction treatment professionals.

    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, mental health, 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 a substance abuse 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:

    • Drug testing
    • Addiction therapy
    • Medication management
    • Life-skills and social skills training
    • 12-step program with sponsor/mentor
    • Yoga, meditation, and exercise activities

    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.

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    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 for Women 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, mental health, 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 inpatient treatment programs and our facilities are second to none. Are you ready to begin or continue your inpatient treatment journey? If you believe our partial hospitalization program here in California might be for you, contact us today!

    Clinically Reviewed By:

    Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

    Heather Black-Coyne, LMFT, CADC II, Chief Clinical Officer

    Heather most recently served as the Clinical Director of a gender-specific treatment center in Huntington Beach. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which serve the needs of our patients, many of whom have experienced both complex trauma and substance use disorder.

    Medically Reviewed By:

    Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Consulting Medical Director

    Dr. Alejandro Alva, M.D., Consulting Medical Director

    Alejandro Alva, MD, has a focus on substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment and general psychiatric disorders. Dr. Alva earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and completed medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He then returned to California, where he completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Irvine.

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