Mclean Hospital
Substance Use Disorders Division

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Partial Hospital Program

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Partial Hospital Program provides treatment for individuals with substance use disorders, including the misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, or opioids such as Oxycontin or Percocet. A partial hospital (day) program is an intensive, therapeutic environment for patients who do not require 24-hour care yet need more structure than is available in outpatient treatment. Our program is designed for patients whose substance abuse does not interfere with their ability to travel to the program each day and who are able to successfully manage their symptoms while at home or in a residential care setting.

For more information or to make a referral, please call 617.855.3505.

We offer expertise in treating individuals whose substance use disorder is complicated by other psychiatric illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Through educational and process-oriented group therapy sessions schedule Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2 pm, we assist patients through the early stages of addiction recovery. Each morning begins with meditation, followed by sessions that address early sobriety issues, relapse prevention skills, and other individual and group therapy depending on the individual’s treatment plan. By attending groups during the day and spending evenings in the community, the patients have the opportunity to test the strategies learned in treatment.

Located in Proctor House on McLean’s Belmont campus, the program combines personalized treatment and the opportunity for patients to utilize new skills through independent living. Traditionally treatment takes place over 10 to 14 days and is covered by most insurance providers. Many of our partial hospital patients have completed the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Inpatient Program before stepping down to this less intensive level of care.

Our team of psychiatrists, licensed psychologists, family therapists, and registered nurses specialize in alcohol and drug addiction and related mental health disorders, and are devoted to improving the quality of life of patients and their families. The emphasis of the day program, reinforced by evidence-based treatment and cutting-edge therapy models, is to provide a sufficient level of stability for the patient to be able to gradually leave treatment.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 17.6 million Americans, or 1 in every 12 adults, struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence.

Family involvement is encouraged and with the permission of the patient, family members are included in assessment, care, and aftercare planning. We also offer support and education, including a family support group in Proctor House every Monday evening for families of McLean Hospital patients.

We work in conjunction with a broad range of programs across the Substance Use Disorders Division in order to provide comprehensive substance use treatment for patients at every level of care, from intensive inpatient detoxification to individual and group outpatient therapy offered by McLean’s Adult Outpatient Services.

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