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What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

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When looking at the outpatient recovery treatment options available to you, there are three that cover a full range of levels of care: an outpatient program (OP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and a partial hospitalization program (PHP). The highest level of care you can receive and still live at home is a PHP. It has numerous benefits and can be an excellent first rehab experience, after which you can step down if you want into a lower level of care once your recovery is underway.

To learn what to expect in PHP, how it works, and its benefits, reach out today to Ashwood Recovery. Evidence-based therapies, compassionate professionals, addiction education, and more await you at Ashwood Recovery. Call 888.341.3607 or use our online form to get started today.

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A PHP is an outpatient addiction treatment program for people requiring a higher level of care than that provided in other outpatient rehab programs. Essentially, PHPs offer thorough treatment services and medical oversight during the day for people who go home at night to sleep.

In a partial hospitalization program, your daily time commitment can be up to six hours, five days a week. An IOP may require three to four hours a day, two to three days per week, while an OP may only need as few as six hours per week for regular outpatient rehab. One way to look at the time commitment for an IOP is similar to a part-time job. Enrollment in a PHP may require taking some time off from work or school. However, many people find they can keep up with a reduced workload.

Why Choose a Partial Hospitalization Program?

In a partial hospitalization program, you will have an intake session with staff who have already gathered your medical and mental health histories and need more information. Factors considered in a PHP include:

  • Severity of the addiction
  • Duration of the addiction
  • Stability of home situation
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Previous history of relapse

Sometimes people who qualify for inpatient treatment choose PHP instead because of certain life factors such as responsibilities at home and expenses.

What to Expect in PHP

Once you have completed your intake, the clinical staff will create a personalized treatment plan that best meets your individual needs.

In a PHP, you can expect some, if not all, of the following:

  • One-on-one therapy – There is a lot to deal with during recovery. Individual therapy offers a safe environment to feel and process emotions, practice communication skills, and learn as much as you can about your addiction.
  • Group therapy – In a group setting, under the guidance of a therapist, you can share experiences, learn from others, support one another, and hold yourself and others accountable. You will have the opportunity to engage in interactions with others and test the skills you learn in individual therapy.
  • Family counseling – Addiction is a family disease since it has a profound impact on the person with the substance use disorder and those closest to that person. In family therapy, you and your family will be able to begin the healing process by working on empathy, interpersonal communication, and making amends.
  • Medical oversight – If you are receiving dual diagnosis treatment or if you have a prescription for medication that supports recovery or mental health symptoms, you are in good hands in a PHP, just as you would be in a residential setting.
  • Life skills – In a PHP, you’ll have the ability to learn practical skills to navigate sober living, from job skills to how to avoid triggers and relapse.

Find Out How a PHP at Ashwood Recovery Can Help

Our partial hospitalization program may perfectly suit your recovery plan and personal requirements. Find out by calling us today at 888.341.3607 or completing our online form. Our evidence-based therapies and caring staff can gently and safely help you on the road to recovery.