6 Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program


6 Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program


Although attending a medically-supervised detox is a crucial component to the start of one’s recovery, detox alone is not enough to fully heal from years of substance abuse.  For many, going home after detox and staying clean and sober is very difficult due to the amount of triggers that could lead to relapse. Being under the care of physicians and in intensive therapy is beneficial to those integrating back into a healthy, sober lifestyle.

Making the transition to this lifestyle is easier with a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which typically follows an inpatient medical detox. In PHP, you are able to delve into the core of what caused your addiction under the care of therapists, psychiatrists and various other substance abuse and mental health professionals. The medical staff is able to guide you towards a productive sober life and help you cope with trauma, stress and other issues you may struggle with.

Here are some of the benefits of a PHP:

  1. 24-hour medical care: The period after physical detox often involves setbacks which, if left unattended, can lead to physical and mental health issues. While attending a PHP, you have constant access to medical and psychiatric care with doctors who specialize in addictions and can properly treat them. Seeing a regular physician who is untrained in addiction can be dangerous, as they may prescribe a medication that could be abused and potentially lead to relapse.
  2. Full-time residential care: Trained staff is available 24 hours a day to help with any issues that may arise. If a problem occurs, trained patient care specialists whose expertise is in substance abuse addiction are on hand to help at any time. Many newly sober individuals are tempted to relapse and return to old ways, but in a PHP, staff is always there to intervene.
  3. A well-structured environment: After years of abusing drugs and alcohol, it can be difficult for those in recovery to have a healthy daily routine. A PHP helps by creating a structure and schedule for you while allowing for some freedom. Learning to have a daily routine is essential toward starting a healthy and sober life.
  4. Continued individual and group therapy: In a PHP, you attend daily group and individual sessions with licensed addiction therapists where you are able to process and learn coping skills that are integral to maintaining sobriety. These sessions are individually tailored to your needs and give you the opportunity to learn a positive skillset for staying sober.
  5. Building a sober support network: While living at a PHP residence, you are able to connect with other people in recovery and make new friends who are facing the same struggles as you and can help prevent a relapse. You are also encouraged to have a sponsor.
  6. Nightly support and 12-step groups: Those newly in recovery often don’t have a personal transportation. Nightly transportation to AA/NA meetings and support groups are provided by PHP residences.

After a period of using drugs and alcohol, you need time to heal mentally, physically and spiritually. Those who participate in a PHP are given that opportunity. Drug addictions form over time and behind the addiction are underlying issues which must be resolved in order to stay sober. By extending the length of treatment, you are giving yourself the chance to learn and comprehend healthy coping mechanisms, relapse prevention, healthy responses and more. When you return home, you will be equipped with the necessary tools to take on life sober.

Choosing a Sober Living Home: Things to Consider

Choosing a Sober Living Home

Starting on the path of early recovery can be an exciting, but sometimes an overwhelming experience. Figuring out where to go after receiving inpatient drug and alcohol treatment can be a difficult decision to make. You might be contemplating whether you should go home or stay in the community in which you received treatment. If returning to your previous home is not a safe choice or in your best interest, you may want to consider choosing a sober living home.

The term sober living home is often used interchangeably with the terms recovery residences, halfway houses and sober homes. The purpose of these homes is to provide a safe and healthy environment in which residents can sustain their recovery. However, you should be aware that not all sober living homes are created equal. Choosing the wrong sober living home can put your recovery in jeopardy. Here are four factors that you should consider before picking a sober living home:

1.  House Rules 

When you begin the recovery process, it’s important that you start developing a healthy routine. Many sober living homes realize the importance of structure in early recovery, and they require their residents to follow specific house rules. They typically have rules regarding drug and alcohol possession, drug testing, violence and curfews. It is not uncommon for these homes to require residents to either receive intensive outpatient treatment, obtain employment, volunteer or attend school.

If the sober living home has few or no rules, this should be a warning sign.

2. Reputation

Currently, there is no federal law that requires sober living homes to be licensed. Many states and cities do require that these buildings to follow local regulations. Before choosing a sober living home, check to make sure it is compliant with local regulations.

There is also a number of organizations that represent sober living homes; these organizations provide best practices and standards in regards to operating a residence.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask the staff members at your rehab center for a recommendation on a sober living home. Some treatment facilities have designated employees that help patients find a safe place to live after inpatient treatment.

Now, if you are unable to ask an employee for a recommendation, talk to your sponsor or member of your home group. The people at your 12-step meetings will be able to tell you which sober living homes have a good reputation and which ones don’t.

3. Management

Before you agree to move into a sober living home, find out who manages the home. If the individual is in recovery, find out how long they have been in recovery. It should immediately raise a red flag if the manager has been in recovery for less than six months. Typically, reputable sober living homes only hire managers that have been clean for a minimum of six months, while some sober living homes prefer that the mangers have one year clean.

You should also inquire whether the sober living home has medical staff on the premises. If not, ask if they have protocols for medical emergencies.

4. Transportation

When you research sober living homes, you should ask the manager about transportation. Oftentimes, when people leave treatment they don’t have reliable transportation. If you don’t have a car, ask the sober living home if they provide transportation. Some sober living homes provide residents transportation to approved 12-step meetings and the grocery store. If transportation is not provided, consider whether you can easily get to meetings and work by bus, bike or on foot. While transportation is not a factor in whether or not a sober living home is reputable, you should consider this because it does play a part in your day-to-day routine.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

Studies have shown that having sober supports can decrease an individual’s chances of relapsing. However, living in a bad environment can cause an obstacle in your recovery and prevent you from reaching your goals. Before you pack your bags and move into a sober living home, make sure to consider these four factors.