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Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) for Drug Rehab

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

In the world of psychiatric treatment, partial hospitalization programs (PHP, for short) are a great option for those who suffer from severe mental illnesses such as substance use disorders.

It can be a good choice for those who typically do not respond well to traditional outpatient therapy or choose PHP as their preferred method of drug rehab treatment.

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There are PHP options available to treat a range of disorders, including co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In general, these types of programs provide more intensive care than regular outpatient therapy.

PHP is typically more expensive, but it does have its own set of benefits that some may see as more beneficial than those offered by regular outpatient therapy.

Why Should I Choose PHP Treatment?

In some cases, people seek PHP as an alternative to traditional outpatient therapy because they find normal treatment boring or less than helpful.

PHP does require greater involvement of the individual than what is required in traditional therapy. PHP provides patients with attention and care that may not be available in regular outpatient treatment.

partial hospitalization programs provide day treatment for those who no longer need 24 hour medical support

What is Drug Rehab Partial Hospitalization Like?

Partial hospitalization programs at our drug rehab center follow Residential Rehab . After inpatient rehab and medical detox, PHP provides day treatment for those who no longer need 24-hour medical support. Residential programs offer more flexibility than inpatient rehab programs while still offering structure, support, and security.

Our inpatient drug and alcohol programs offer PHP as a continuum of care. The ability to continue treatment in a more flexible manner, while maintaining the same therapists, doctors, and specialists, proves beneficial to most patients. 

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Medical monitoring, medication management, and therapy continue. Individuals also expand their treatment through an array of evidence-based treatments at treatment facilities like The Recovery Team. The goal of our treatment center and partial hospitalization program is to provide personal care for substance use disorders. It prepares clients to return to work and life. 

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Typical PHP Day Treatment Example

​​People typically stay at our PHP facilities for three or four hours each day (usually five days per week). They spend most of their time meeting with a therapist, attending educational groups, and other activities related to their overall therapeutic goals. 

When PHP first began its widespread use, patients stayed there for 10 to 12 hours each day (three or four days per week) which enabled them to take part in activities like cooking classes and exercise groups. PHP has since evolved to meet the needs of its various patient populations more flexibly.

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The PHP experience is very much like that of an outpatient program. PHP participants will wake up each day and attend their programs before returning home each night. Here is a list of what individuals can expect on a daily basis:

  • Diagnostic and problem assessment
  • Medical evaluation
  • Treatment planning meetings
  • Groups related to therapeutic goals (individual or family)
  • Behavioral management training (when necessary)
  • Exercise and physical activities
  • Recreational or leisure time
  • Family or marital therapy sessions (when appropriate)

Partial hospitalization offers a unique experience for those who participate in PHP. While it may not be the right fit for everyone, many find that partial hospitalization is a more effective form of mental health care that will keep them on track with their overall treatment goals.

How PHP Helps Drug Rehab Treatment

Partial hospitalization programs are also called day treatment programs. Day treatment options offer a continuation of residential rehab. Substance abuse treatment includes behavioral therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).  

Through individual therapy, group therapy, and support groups—clients forge positive relationships and support systems. These minimize the risk of relapse and advance their behavioral health, especially with a dual diagnosis. 

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The combination of mental health and medical treatment of health concerns is powerful. Partial hospitalization programs provide structure and accountability, forming a clear path toward wellness and advanced recovery.

PHP and Substance Abuse Disorders

Day treatment programs give a scaled adjustment back to normal life. Those who were unable to maintain stability in their lives without drugs benefit most from a partial hospitalization program. They can receive structured support on a daily or weekly basis.

Clients value this transitional mode of care in maintaining their sobriety, and partial hospitalization programs usually last up to 30 days. The flexibility of treatment length allows our trained staff to determine the best course of action for long-term recovery. 

Often, people in an intensive outpatient program struggle to stay sober. Many relapse, but some simply need more structure for a longer period before having the freedom of outpatient care. Partial hospitalization programs from The Recovery Team bridge this gap in care. 

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Using day treatment as a step up in care from intensive outpatient program is a therapeutic and useful option. When we see an individual struggling with daily life without drugs, continuing with a PHP level of care can make the difference. 

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Explore Partial Hospitalization at The Recovery Team

Our experienced medical staff and therapists have treated thousands of people. Their experience and knowledge identify when clients are ready for the next level of care. PHP often means readiness for more flexibility and a return to normal home life.

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Our staff is certified and specializes in the treatment of drug abuse, substance use disorders, and dual diagnoses. On a beautiful, tight-knit campus, The Recovery Team offers evidence-based treatments to hundreds for all their unique recovery needs.

If you or a loved one is considering a partial hospitalization drug rehab program, or you want more information, we are here to help. Call The Recovery Team’s confidential counselors to learn more.