New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers

Alternative to Psychiatric Hospital

Jul 31, 2022 | Blog, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Outpatient Treatment, Self Esteem, Trauma


While everyone’s situation is unique, we have listed below a few general guidelines that can help you determine where to start your search for counseling services.

Psychiatric Hospital

There are times when admission into a psychiatric hospital can be life-saving. Inpatient hospitalization requires a person to stay overnight in a psychiatric facility and allows for staff to monitor their conditions 24 hours per day. Unfortunately, because the criteria for admission into an inpatient psychiatric hospital are often very narrow, the length of stay is frequently less than 5 days. Inpatient hospitalization is often appropriate if a person is experiencing any of the issues listed below:

  • Imminent danger to yourself
  • Imminent danger to others
  • Unable to function in an outpatient setting
  • Actively psychotic
  • Severe episode of bipolar disorder (mania or depression)
  • Unable to get medications regulated in an outpatient setting
  • Need for medical supervision while detoxing
  • Unable to stay sober in an outpatient setting
What happens after being discharged from an inpatient psychiatric hospital?

Many people benefit from additional treatment after being discharged from an inpatient hospital. They may still be experiencing many of the symptoms that led to their hospitalization and may need additional help in getting their medications stabilized. Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) allow people to continue to receive intensive treatment and support as they return home. PHPs and IOPs can help people develop the coping skills they need which can decrease the likelihood of future hospitalizations.

New Dimensions Provides Alternative to Hospitalization

New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers offers treatment programs that are often an effective alternative to inpatient psychiatric hospitals or residential treatment programs. Our programs are designed to allow individuals to receive intensive counseling without having to stay overnight in a psychiatric hospital. While not everyone is appropriate for PHP or IOP services, many people are able to work through significant emotional distress without having to attend an inpatient psychiatric hospital. PHP and IOP are often appropriate if a person is experiencing any of the issues below:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Severe depression
  • Severe anxiety
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar issues
  • Behavioral problems
  • Inability to get medications regulated
  • Severe low self-esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Addictions
  • Inability to make significant improvements in outpatient therapy

If weekly individual therapy is not enough and inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is not appropriate, New Dimensions can help.

New Dimensions Can Help!

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or problems, New Dimensions can help. Our team of experienced therapists and psychiatrists can help you overcome these challenges and help you develop the skills you need to thrive. To schedule a complementary assessment or to find out more about our programs, contact us at 1-800-685-9796.

New Dimensions services:

Our affiliate, MHThrive, provides Individual Therapy, Couples and Marriage Counseling, and Family Therapy at our locations in Katy, The Woodlands, and the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. We also provide telehealth therapy for anyone who resides within the State of Texas. To schedule an appointment with one of the MHThrive therapists, contact us at 713-477-0333 or visit to learn more.