PHP stands for partial hospitalization program, and it’s an intensive outpatient treatment program that can be beneficial for those struggling with substance abuse disorders or mental health diagnoses. Partial hospitalization is a step down from full inpatient treatment, which involves you living full-time at the treatment facility. Most PHP programs run during the day, often during traditional working hours, and you return home in the afternoon or evening each day.
What is the Purpose of PHP?
As with any of our treatment programs, the primary purpose of a PHP is to support you in recovering from substance abuse and any related diagnoses. How partial hospitalization fits into your treatment plan depends on a variety of factors. In many cases, PHP is used as a step-down from inpatient treatment. Someone who might be ready to start integrating back into normal life might also need continued intense intervention and therapy to remain sober and continue working on coping mechanisms. PHP can provide that intensity and support.
Sometimes, PHP might be the first step in a treatment plan. Individuals working with admissions counselors and other professionals might decide on a treatment plan that doesn’t call for residential detox or recovery. In such cases, the purpose of PHP is still to provide the therapy, education, and support needed to help someone stop using drugs or alcohol or deal with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
Things to Expect in a PHP
PHP programs differ slightly depending on the facility, but they tend to feature certain common treatment tools and structures. At The Outpatient Treatment Center, our PHP program requires attendance six days a week for five hours per day. Regular attendance ensures participants are well-supported in recovery efforts but also provides plenty of time for personal matters, family and social visiting, and slow integration back into daily life.
Time spent in the PHP includes individual and group therapy, psychiatric consultations, family therapy, recreational activities, and life skills training. Each activity or treatment offered during partial hospitalization helps individuals continue to work through root causes for substance abuse, get better at identifying and dealing with triggers for future use, and build confidence in their ability to live a sober life.
Is a PHP Program the Right Choice for You?
While PHP offers a number of benefits, it’s not always the right choice for someone dealing with addiction or substance abuse disorder. Working with experienced therapists and providers to create a personalized treatment plan is one way that you can boost your chances of successful long-term recovery; admissions counselors can help you understand if partial hospitalization is the right option for you at this time.
One of the draws of PHP is that you get to return home and sleep in your own bed each night. This can be important if you deal with anxiety about sleeping in an unfamiliar setting or if you feel unable to leave your family, pets or other obligations to attend an inpatient treatment center. Not seeking inpatient treatment if you require medically assisted detox or more intensive rehab can set you up for failure, though, which is why it’s important to work with caring, compassionate counselors who can help you deal with any anxieties and fears as you enter whatever level of treatment is right for you.
What Happens After Partial Hospitalization?
Treatment for addiction is a lot like climbing down a ladder. At the top, you have inpatient treatment; the next rung might be partial hospitalization. Some people start treatment on different levels of the ladder, and many do skip a rung or two on the way down. How you climb and descend the ladder is very personal and a matter to be discussed by you and your treatment team.
For those stepping down from partial hospitalization, options can include less intensive outpatient treatment, which might only occur a few hours a day or a couple of times each week. Weekly or bi-weekly individual counseling sessions, participation in group and family therapy, or working through 12-step programs are all other possibilities after treatment in a PHP.
One of the most important aspects of recovery is continually following your treatment plan and not hopping off the ladder when you aren’t quite ready. If you’re struggling to understand what treatment options might be best for you, call our counselors today at (844) 211-7944 for more information about PHP and other treatments.