Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

A very common mistake in the drug treatment process is when a recovering addict returns home prematurely.  It happens all the time.  The recovering addict begins feeling physically better, and soon they convince themselves that they can exit the treatment program early. He or she heads home with confidence and assurance.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t usually end well.  The problem lies in the fact that they never gave themselves a chance to go through the process of recovering from within.  He or she didn’t allow enough time to work on any of their contributing core emotional issues.  They never really developed the necessary life skills required for living sober.

In order to avoid this mistake, completing a thorough step down treatment program is highly recommended.

The most effective suggested step down treatment process works as follows, in this order:

  • Detox Treatment Program
  • Inpatient Addiction Treatment
  • Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
  • Halfway House
  • 12 Step Involvement
  • How does a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) work?

    After completing the inpatient portion of a treatment program, one may not be ready to face the reality of the outside world away from the safe confines of a drug rehab facility.  Challenges accompanied by people, places and things associated with using drugs and alcohol can be too overwhelming for a person in early recovery.  The most effective way to make this transition is by gradually decreasing levels of care.

    You may be asking yourself what exactly is a Partial Hospitalization Program, and what are some of the benefits associated with this kind of drug treatment plan?

    Partial care includes addiction therapy, a level below inpatient rehabilitation.  This is the step in between an Inpatient Program and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  Once a patient has completed the inpatient portion of the program, they are ready to move on to a Partial Hospitalization Program.

    Patients in a drug rehab program gain some freedom in this phase of treatment.  As they begin the transition into daily living in the “real world,” they will be monitored and offered support every step of the way.

    During the day they will attend groups and meet with counselors.  In the evening they have free time to prepare dinner, meet with a sponsor, and attend outside 12-step meetings.  In a sense, PHP maintains the structure of inpatient treatment with less clinical therapy.

    Services provided in a Partial Hospitalization Program include:

    • Group counseling
    • Individual therapy with a licensed counselor
    • Family groups
    • Alcohol and drug education groups
    • Personalized psychological groups (trauma, self-esteem, etc.)
    • Building life skills
    • Relapse prevention and triggers
    • 12 step meetings
    • Structure, rules and guidelines

    Level of care provided for recovering addicts in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) can vary depending upon clearance from a therapist.   Freedom will be earned by fulfilling responsibilities and active participation in the healing process.  This gives each individual something to strive for.

    Along with clinical therapy, addicts recovering in Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) learn basic life skills that have been stripped away by drug addiction or alcoholism.  They learn responsibility and accountability through accomplishing a list of daily household chores.  Peer support is there for guidance, but also as a method of holding the recovering addict liable.  The effectiveness of this approach is directly correlated to the fact that recovering addicts respond more positively to guidance from each other, as opposed to being told what to do by authority figures.

    As the journey continues, the recovering individual begins to experience a sense of camaraderie amongst their peers.  Peer involvement is not only limited to life skills in this phase of the addiction treatment process.  This same concept of holding each other accountable should be applied to emotional and spiritual growth.   One addict helping another by calling each other out on inappropriate actions and behaviors has proven to be a valuable tool in the recovery process.  The power of addicts helping each other is simply indescribable.

    A recovering addict in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) may be allowed to apply for a pass to leave the facility with a sponsor or a sober support.  This will be determined by the following actions:

    • Attendance and participation in all group sessions
    • Obtaining a sponsor
    • Completing daily chores and tasks
    • Active participation and demonstrating willingness in personal recovery plan

    In this stage of the treatment program, the real test begins.  Learning how to deal with life on life’s terms can be challenging.  The good news is that Partial Hospitalization Programs provide structure and support to get through this rewarding process and achieve sobriety.

    If you or someone you love needs help from a Partial Hospitalization Program, please call (877) 774-0385. All calls are confidential.

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