Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at San Juan Capestrano Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at San Juan Capestrano Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Clinic

San Juan Capestrano Hospital offers a comprehensive, leading treatment program for alcohol addiction in San Juan and other locations throughout Puerto Rico. We provide a full continuum of care including detox, inpatient, and outpatient services for adolescents, adults and seniors.

Learn More About Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Learn more about alcohol addiction treatment at San Juan Capestrano Hospital in Puerto Rico

When your drinking has begun causing problems in your life, it is usually an indication that you have developed an alcohol abuse problem and treatment should be sought in order to avoid additional problems and serious consequences. Alcohol abuse, which is defined as the recurrent use of alcohol despite negative consequences, affects people in different ways, yet it often leads to relationship problems, legal ramifications, and a failure to meet obligations. At San Juan Capestrano Hospital, we recognize that recovery from alcohol abuse or addiction is a difficult process, but we are here to help you every step of the way. With the treatment services offered at our hospital, we can help you break free from the hold that alcohol has on you and allow you to lead a more successful life. When it comes to alcohol abuse treatment, let San Juan Capestrano Hospital be your provider of choice.

Since its inception in 1988, San Juan Capestrano Hospital has been the primary provider of mental health treatment on the main island of Puerto Rico. Our 172-bed, short-stay hospital has a variety of services available for the care of several mental health conditions and chemical dependency concerns for adolescents, adults, and senior adults. Our caring and compassionate staff, comprised of numerous qualified mental health professionals, addiction specialists, and experienced medical personnel, facilitates services within each program with the understanding that each patient has unique needs and strengths. We pride ourselves in being able to offer the highest quality of individualized care that allows each patient to return to his or her respective community with an improved sense of emotional and physical wellbeing. If you, a friend, or loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction, San Juan Capestrano Hospital is here to help. Our comprehensive and invaluable treatment is the solution to even the most troubling of mental health or substance abuse concerns.

How to Help a Loved One

Helping a loved one get treatment for alcohol addiction

When someone you love has a drinking problem, in addition to all of the difficulties your loved one is going through, it can take a toll on your emotional and physical wellbeing. Watching your loved one succumb to the disease of addiction may leave you feeling consumed with worry and anxiety as you never know what ill effects await him or her. While it may be difficult, instead of ignoring the problem or hoping that it will go away, you need to talk to your loved one about his or her problematic use of alcohol so that he or she is able to get the treatment he or she needs. Here are some suggestions to help you get started with seeking help for your loved one:

  • Learn all there is to know about alcoholism
  • Talk to your loved one about your concerns and offer your help and support
  • Shown your loved one that you love and are concerned about him or her
  • Recognize that recovery is an ongoing process and continue to show your support
  • Do not lecture, threaten, preach, or bribe
  • Do not make excuses for your loved one or for his or her behavior
Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for alcohol addiction at San Juan Capestrano Hospital in Puerto Rico

Serious medical complications, job loss, expulsion from school, financial strain, and broken interpersonal relationships are all consequences that tend to accompany long-term alcohol abuse and addiction. Simply stated, alcohol has the potential to affect all aspects of a person’s life. Long-term alcohol abuse can negatively impact every organ in the body, including the brain, leading to things such as liver disease and some forms of cancer. Emotional instability and an inability to build and sustain meaningful relationships are also unpleasant effects commonly associated with alcohol abuse. Additional negative consequences that warrant the need for alcohol treatment include being at a higher risk for becoming involved in accidents, problems with domestic violence, and problems with the legal system.

Initially, many individuals do not recognize that their drinking has gotten out of hand and are also most likely not able to stop drinking without help. When it comes to substance abuse and addiction, an inpatient treatment program is usually the most beneficial choice, especially for those patients needing detoxification services, because it can allow an individual to achieve the stabilization he or she needs to really work on the recovery process. An inpatient program provides patients with around-the-clock support and on-going medical supervision. Furthermore, this type of treatment provides a safe environment, away from potential triggers, where patients can engage in several therapeutic interventions that will focus on helping them understand their underlying problems and how to maintain their recovery.

Types of Treatment

Types of alcohol adddiction treatment offered at San Juan Capestrano Hospital in Puerto Rico

At San Juan Capestrano Hospital, we wholeheartedly believe that each patient should receive individualized treatment that meets his or her every need. Because of this belief, we provide each patient who entrusts us with his or her care with treatment plans that are tailored to meet the distinct needs of each adolescent, adult, and senior adult who come to San Juan Capestrano Hospital for mental health and chemical dependency services. These plans detail the specific courses of treatment that patients will engage in, including aftercare recommendations, ensuring that every patient experiences a full continuum of care.

In order to meet the varying needs of people suffering from mental health disorders and/or substance use concerns, San Juan Capestrano Hospital is proud to provide different levels of care and specialized programming options. Our hospital features separate adult and adolescent inpatient programs that treat a myriad of mental health conditions and chemical dependency concerns, such as alcohol abuse and addiction. The level of care most appropriate for a patient is decided upon during the initial psychiatric evaluation.

Once admitted to one of our programs, patients have the ability to partake in a number of treatment methods. These methods are rooted in evidence-based principles and techniques, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and the 12-step model for recovery. The following methods for care are the ones primarily used at San Juan Capestrano Hospital and are implemented so that patients can find relief from the detrimental effects that alcohol use has caused in their lives:

Addiction & Substance Abuse: These services are monitored by medical professionals who have experience in making withdrawal comfortable so that patients can partake in therapeutic interventions with addiction specialists who can help launch them towards lasting healing and recovery from addiction.

Medication management: For some individuals, psychotropic medications can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of many mental illnesses, which may co-occur with their alcohol abuse problem. When this is the case, our qualified psychiatrists determine each patient’s need for medication, can prescribe medication(s), and will monitor any pharmaceutical interventions that become part of a patient’s treatment plan. These services are in place so that every patient has the ability to receive medication if it is deemed necessary for his or her care.

Individual therapy: All patients who take part in our inpatient programming engage in individual therapy sessions four times per week. Individual therapy is provided so that a patient can process emotions and thoughts on a one-to-one basis with a member of our staff. This may include delving deep into the underlying reasons for why an individual may have started drinking in the first place.

Group therapy: San Juan Capestrano Hospital offers a number of group therapy opportunities that allow patients to find support in one another and enhance skills that have been learned. These session can be extremely beneficial for those struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction as it allows them to realize that they are not alone; that others struggle with substance abuse issues as well. Some of the topics covered in these groups include techniques for managing stress, improving communication, learning and adapting healthy coping methods, bettering self-esteem, dealing with grief and loss, and persevering through trauma. These groups are offered several times per week to maximize the benefits of treatment offered in a group setting.    

Family therapy: Family therapy is offered as a method of treatment during inpatient programming so that our patients can receive ample support from the people who care for them most. During family therapy sessions, patients and their loved ones can work through conflicts and improve communication so as to heal and better familial relationships through the implementation of skills that can service a family unit well for a lifetime.

We also include a number of other therapeutic interventions as a way to wholly treat the individuals who come to our hospital for care. The following interventions and group topics are part of our treatment process:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Recreational therapy
  • Medical issues management
  • Crisis management
  • Anger management
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Occupational therapy
Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for alcohol addiction

At San Juan Capestrano Hospital, we are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive services that embody the highest quality of care possible. To fulfill this goal, we begin discharge planning at the time of admissions and feature a number of continuing care options at varying levels of treatment so that each and every one of our patient’s needs can be treated once a higher level of care is no longer required.

San Juan Capestrano Hospital offers partial hospitalization programs for both adolescents and adults. The adolescent program is catered to youth between the ages of 13 and 17 years old who are struggling with mental health concerns. While in this program, young people partake in a number of therapies and are able to return home at the end of the day to be with their loved ones. The adult program is similarly structured and also treats a myriad of mental health conditions and chemical dependency concerns, with group therapy being the primary method for care.

Our hospital also features an adult substance abuse intensive outpatient program for those aged 18 and older. This program is designed to continue the recovery process and help patients maintain sobriety after completing inpatient services. The groups available in this program are facilitated in stages so that patients can then practice the tools and skills learned in this program while living in their respective communities.

Lastly, San Juan Capestrano Hospital provides outpatient services at eleven different locations on the island, including San Juan, Hatillo, Mayagüez, Caguas, Humanao, Manatí, Condado, Carolina, Ponce, Bayamón, and Guaynabo. Outpatient care allows patients to process feelings and thoughts with a mental health professional on a weekly basis.

Whatever your mental healthcare needs, the staff at San Juan Capestrano Hospital is devoted to helping you or a loved one overcome mental health issues and/or substance abuse concerns, such as alcohol abuse or addiction.

San Juan Capestrano Hospital taught me techniques that I needed to be able to live a healthy life, without addiction.

– Carlos D.