Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization Program

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) involves intensive treatment for addiction and mental health disorders. Individuals in partial hospitalization programs receive therapy during the day while they live at home or a sober living facility. PHP’s offer extra support to those building a sober life in a world of triggers. 

What Is A Partial Hospitalization Program?

Partial hospitalization programs are the most intense form of outpatient treatment. PHP’s are for individuals suffering from substance used disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders. Individuals attend treatment a minimum of 5 hours a day 5 to 7 days a week. 

Partial hospitalization programs utilize multi-disciplinary professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, and counselors. The risk of relapse is high as a person transitions back into their life after inpatient treatment. The professionals at a PHP understand that some people need more support and guidance to continue a successful recovery. 

Partial hospitalization programs provide:

  • Structure and discipline
  • Individual therapy
  • Peer support in group sessions
  • Family therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Communication skills   

Components of Partial Hospitalization Programs

PHP’s take a customized approach to treat addiction and co-occurring mental disorders. PHP’s primary focus is to help an individual continue down the path of sobriety while treating any underlying disorders. Addiction and mental health disorders are personal to each individual, so treatment plans must also be customized. Customized treatment plans empower individuals to reach goals and the skills to beat triggers and cravings.

Treatments used in partial hospitalization programs can include:

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is the core treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps individuals discover negative thought patterns that lead to substance abuse.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT that helps individuals control their emotions with positive coping skills. An individual in recovery learns to recognize the people, places, and things that trigger cravings and builds the skills needed to prevent relapse

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is one-on-one sessions between a counselor and an individual. The privacy of these sessions allows a person to be completely open about addiction and mental health issues. With guidance from the counselor, deep-seated issues will be discovered, and healthy coping skills built. 

Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions allow individuals with a substance use disorder to learn from and support others in the same situation. Group therapy sessions are guided by at least one counselor who will make sure the advice given is positive, healthy information. 

Family Therapy

Family therapy is vital to healing the person suffering from addiction and their family. The emotional rollercoaster families ride leave them feeling helpless and hurt. Family therapy educates the family on why their loved one acts the way they do.

Families also learn how to support their loved one and to recognize any signs of relapse. The individual in treatment gets a chance to make amends with family and create healthy relationships. 

Contingency Management

Contingency Management is based on the principle that if good behavior is rewarded, then it will continue. As well as rewarding good behavior, negative behavior results in negative consequences. The focus of contingency management is to modify behaviors in a supportive and positive way. 

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) 

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is a counseling and intervention approach that creates an internal motivation to change. Individuals learn empathy for the way their actions affected others.

MET therapists will not argue with a person about their perception of their addiction but will encourage them to see how deep addiction runs. MET focuses on building a person up. Building self-confidence and positive behaviors increase the chances of life long sobriety.

Benefits Of A Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial hospitalization programs are a step-down from inpatient treatment and a step-up from outpatient treatment. A person transitioning out of inpatient treatment may not be ready to step back fully into life, PHP’s give continued support to help a person to stay sober. Likewise, a person in outpatient treatment that is struggling to stay sober may step up to a partial hospitalization program. 

A person may choose a PHP over inpatient treatment if life’s responsibilities do not allow them to be away from home. Some people have children or family members they are responsible for, and some have jobs they can not leave. PHP’s allow a person to receive treatment during the day while allowing them to still care for their responsibilities. 

The cost of treatment is a concern for many people and prevents many from seeking help. PHP’s are more cost-effective than inpatient programs since there is no charge for room and board. PHP’s can be an affordable and successful option for substance use and mental health disorders if an individual has a reliable support system and a healthy home environment. 

Other benefits of PHP’s include:

  •  Program timing: PHP hours are much like work hours. A person goes to treatment during the day and integrates themselves back into life in the evenings. 
  •  Organized treatment schedule: PHP schedules instill the importance of making time for sobriety. Addiction is a lifelong battle that needs daily attention to defeat. 
  •  Increased chances of lifelong sobriety: Continuing addiction treatment with a PHP after completing inpatient treatment, gives an extra level of security as a person returns to life. 

Why PHP’s May Not Be The Right Treatment

A person’s home life is a significant factor in whether partial hospitalization programs will be successful. If the home is not a positive and safe environment, it can make recovery difficult. A person can not fight addiction alone. It requires a strong and supportive family. A person without a support system will do better in an inpatient program than in a partial hospitalization program due to round the clock care in inpatient treatment. 

Partial hospitalization programs use the same methods and therapies as inpatient treatment programs though the level of supervision is much less. Some individuals require more guidance and motivation during their addiction recovery, so a PHP will not give them the best chance of lifelong sobriety. 

Partial hospitalization programs may not be beneficial for:

  • Someone who continues to relapse
  • A victim of abuse or trauma
  • Someone without a healthy support system
  • Family members also battle addiction
  • Unhealthy home life

The Importance of Partial Hospitalization Programs

There are many important aspects of addiction and mental health disorder treatments, especially when choosing a PHP. When an individual enters a program with Unity Behavioral Health, they are showing they are ready and committed to living a sober life. Asking for help is the hardest part of the journey. 

Seeking treatment through a partial hospitalization program requires hard work and dedication. Beating addiction is not easy, but the rewards of achieving a sober life are plentiful. Substance use disorder and mental health disorders steal your joy while sobriety is like opening your eyes to a bright new world. 

It is not easy to see the pot at the end of the rainbow when drugs and alcohol blur your vision, but it is there. Our staff is waiting to help you clear your mind, body, and spirit so you can see a positive life has to offer. Admitting you need help and making the call to get it is the first big step toward sobriety.

Emotional and Physical Benefits

Treatment for substance use disorder not only helps a person overcome addiction but also the emotional pain that addiction brings. Detox is physically uncomfortable, but the mental battle is just as hard. Fighting the urges to quit treatment and go “use” can be harder than the physical effects of withdrawal. 

While in treatment, an individual will learn healthy coping skills to aid in recovery. Therapists help the person build self-esteem and self-confidence, which increases the chance of continued sobriety. Treatment plans are personalized for each person to set goals and heal the whole person. 

Recovery is a journey to finding a person’s true self. During active addiction, a person is consumed by cravings and feeding the needs to avoid withdrawal. In treatment, individuals learn how to cope with issues without turning to substances. They learn to look within themselves and heal the deep-seated issues that were once covered up by addiction. 

Life After a Partial Hospitalization Program

When an individual enters a PHP, life revolves around drugs and alcohol. The goal of treatment is to remove the physical and emotional dependency on drugs and alcohol. After detoxing the substances out of your body, there is still a mental dependency to overcome. 

PHP’s help you build the skills and tools to transition back into life while staying sober. Daily life is full of temptations and triggers, but treatment gives an individual the self-confidence to keep on the right path. After-care plans remind a person of their life goals, and the only way to achieve the goals is to stay sober and take one step at a time.

This is the time for a person to reinvent themselves. The person on drugs and alcohol is not who you really are. Now is time to discover what kind of person you are, what career would you like to have, and what makes you truly happy? 

Maybe you are a helper and would like to volunteer. Did you love to draw when you were young? Take an art class. Explore your surroundings. Addiction has robbed you of enjoying the world around you, even if you were born and raised in your town. Get out, enjoy the new coffee shop, and make new sober friends.

The most important thing to do after completing rehab is – Spend Time With Family! Substance use disorder robs your family of you and visa versa. The greatest thing you can do for yourself and your sobriety is to love and be loved. Family can be your most reliable support system and your most significant reason for staying sober. 

Begin The Journey To Recovery Today

Unity Behavioral Health is here to help if you or someone you love is battling addiction and mental health disorders. No one has to fight the battle alone. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we can help you see it. 

The caring and experienced staff at Unity Behavioral Health are waiting to answer all your questions. With a variety of treatment options, we have a treatment to help each individual find and live a life of sobriety. Contact us today to heal your mind, body, and spirit. 

References:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/treatment-approaches-drug-addiction

https://www.recovery.org/drug-treatment/partial-hospitalization/