A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a form of an outpatient treatment program that works with the patients who require a higher level of care than standard outpatient services can provide. PHPs provide intensive care for patients who are struggling with substance abuse without requiring them to reside in a treatment facility. 

PHPs will offer more time in treatment than standard outpatient programs. These programs are most effective in treating substance abuse, among many other mental illnesses.

Patients will attend a recovery center 3 to 5 days a week, 4 to 6 hours a day, while still residing at home. PHPs are more intensive programs than typical outpatient programs, which only meet once or twice a week.

A PHP is often used as a step-down service once the patient has completed an inpatient program. PHP is best for individuals who don’t require 24-hour supervision but would still benefit from a high level of support.

Individuals in a PHP will be medically monitored during their time and treatment and will participate in a variety of evidence-based therapies. The mission of a PHP is to provide comprehensive care for mental disorders while still allowing the individual freedom to live life outside of treatment.

Partial Hospitalization Services

Before treatment begins, the medical staff will conduct an intake evaluation, which is used to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the patient’s addiction and mental health condition. 

Individuals in a PHP will participate in comprehensive recovery programs where they work closely with many different treatment specialists, including nurses, social workers, doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists. 

Listed below are some of the typical services offered in day treatment which include:

  • Detox: Most Partial hospitalization programs will have physicians that are always available to provide patients with medication while they detox from alcohol or drugs. PHP’s that offer detox will generally only treat patients experiencing mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms. The patients with severe or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms will require supervision and pharmaceutical support provided by the detox facility before enrolling in a PHP for further treatment.
  • Medical services: Doctors and nurses are also in house to administer medications and treat any physical complications from substance abuse.
  • Medication management: When combined with behavioral therapy, medication helps to promote abstinent behaviors by decreasing the cravings, blocking the reward effects of drugs and alcohol, and managing the withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia.
  • Individual therapy: Patients will meet with her therapist or addiction counselor one-on-one while they work out unhealthy behaviors and maintain abstinence.
  • Group counseling: The group counseling sessions will focus on one specific topic and are facilitated by certified mental health professionals. Topics will include religious ration, educational groups, coping skills, life skills, stress management, recreational activities and team building, therapy, and family education.
  • Aftercare planning: The treatment team will prepare the patient for discharge by customizing an aftercare plan, which consists of relapse prevention tactics like support groups, 12-step programs, group or individual counseling, and sober living home arrangements.
  • Holistic treatments: Depending on the rehab facility, some PHP’s will offer holistic treatment options, such as meditation, yoga, equine therapy, fitness classes, nutrition, and art and music therapy.

Furthermore, most partial hospitalization programs will be equipped to treat patients with a dual diagnosis for the presence of substance addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. 

If you or somebody you love has been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition along with a drug or alcohol abuse problem, our treatment specialist here at Harmony Ridge can offer treatment programs that may be beneficial for the one suffering. 

Programs Promote Whole Healing

The successful recovery from any drug or alcohol addiction will require medical, psychosocial, and a holistic approach to treatment.

Patients who are most successful in becoming and staying sober will participate and engage in:

  • Group therapy five days a week
  • Individual treatment once a week
  • Family therapy sessions once a week

Our patients will also partake in recovery support activities in the community. These activities will promote the patient’s overall healing and long-term recovery success by demonstrating how recovery is possible in everyday life situations.

To treat individuals as a whole person will require encouraging emotional and mental wellness in addition to physical recovery. 

During the treatment process, the individual will expect program-specific clinical groups which include:

  • Hypnotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based relapse prevention training
  • Nutrition
  • Psychodrama
  • Yoga, meditation, and cranial sacral
  • Bio-feedback
  • Expressive arts therapy

When combined, these programs will promote a complete healing process. As our patients prepare to leave a rehab facility, the mission is still to ensure the recovery continues in their everyday life.

Group Therapy in a Partial Hospitalization Program

Sharing your thoughts with strangers can be daunting, but our group therapy sessions are entirely confidential and a judgment-free zone. Each group member will come with their fears and insecurities, but we noticed that most participants had shared similar and relatable struggles. Each group session will incorporate both process groups and educational presentations.

The mission of group therapy is to allow the participants to develop positive coping skills for their recovery and to encourage effective decision-making. This particular goal supports a lifelong recovery long after the program has been completed. Some topics of group therapy sessions will go over subjects including: 

  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Relapse prevention
  • Financial planning

Individual Sessions in a Partial Hospitalization Program

At Harmony Ridge, our mission is to provide each patient with the most individualized level of care possible. Outside of group therapy, individual therapy sessions will meet at least once a week. This time will allow the patient to confide in a trusted counselor about the discussions they’ve had with the group, what led them to their substance use disorder, and any negative thoughts weighing on her mind at the moment.

Individual counseling sessions are vital because they offer patients an opportunity to develop and amend personalize treatment goals. These therapy sessions with us provide time to discuss specific clinical and lifestyle issues that might have enhanced their addictive use.

Family Support Group in a Partial Hospitalization Program

Family support group sessions are much like group therapy but with multiple families involved. However, these group therapy sessions are for family members only, and they aim to educate families and how addiction works, how it impacts families, and how they can show support to their loved one with an addiction. Family therapy sessions are educational and process-oriented to help in assisting families with supporting each other. 

Difference Between PHP, Inpatient, and Intensive Outpatient Programs

Inpatient treatment for behavioral health issues will require the patient to live in a residential facility during the treatment program. Inpatient programs offer 24-hour support and care. A majority of the patient’s day will be spent in treatment sessions to provide them with the most comprehensive care.

Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs will both offer in-depth treatment for behavioral health issues, which will allow the patients to live at home during the treatment. These facilities will differ primarily in the amount of time the patient spends in treatment.

Intensive outpatient programs don’t consume as much time as a partial hospitalization program. This reason gives sessions a more valuable time frame, making it easier for the patient to schedule treatment around work, school, and other obligations. The time the patient spends in an intensive outpatient program will be 2 to 4 hours a day, 3 to 4 days a week. A partial hospitalization program will require 4 to 6 hours per day, 3 to 5 days per week.

Primarily, the medical professional will assess how long the patient needs to be in treatment based on several factors like the severity of the addiction and other mental issues (known as co-occurring disorders). Partial hospitalization program will last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Who Should Participate in a Partial Hospitalization Program?

Some patients are more likely than others to benefit from a partial hospitalization program. In general, PHP is best for individuals who:

  • Have stable housing and transportation
  • Have a strong support system at home
  • Require close medical supervision
  • Need more support than outpatient programs provide
  • Have continual problems with work or school performance

Who will Benefit From A Partial Hospitalization Program?

Partial hospitalization programs are a level up from intensive outpatient programs and a level down from inpatient or residential treatment program. PHPs are used as a transition back to a healthy lifestyle after the inpatient program, eventually tapering into outpatient treatment

Short term residential programs will lay the foundation for recovery but usually won’t provide enough time to heal completely. Partial hospitalization programs will build on what was learned in the residential treatment program and continue the recovery process.

Individuals may enter a partial hospitalization program to avoid hospitalization if their addiction is too severe for intensive outpatient treatment therapy. Because partial hospitalization allows the patient to live home, it is much more flexible than inpatient treatment. Depending on if the patient has a stable home environment and a supportive family, they should be successful in a partial hospitalization program.

Who won’t Benefit From A Partial Hospitalization Program?

A patient’s life at home can play a significant role in their treatment success. The patients with an unstable or harmful support system usually can benefit greatly from an inpatient treatment program.

Patients who need more personalized care will experience some of the following experiences:

  • They’ve been victims of trauma or abuse
  • There around family members who abuse substances
  • They experience co-occurring disorders
  • They’ve experienced a relapse
  • They lack a healthy support system beyond treatment

Although partial hospitalization programs will utilize most of the same therapies as inpatient alcohol and drug rehab programs, the amount of care will be much less. This is due to the program being for those who need a little less hands-on, round the clock care.

Find The Best Treatment For Addiction

Partial hospitalization programs become most successful when used as a step-down from residential treatment. This allows the patient recovering to return to everyday life slowly and still able to receive recovery support as an ongoing process.

A significant benefit of starting with an inpatient addiction treatment program is how these programs remove the addict from their comfortable and familiar settings and keep them in a more supportive sober setting. 

The most successful residential treatment plans will be customized to the patient and will be implemented in a long-term treatment program, which ensures there’s enough time to make a full recovery.

To learn more about addiction treatment options, contact one of our specialists here at Harmony Ridge today.