Partial hospitalization (PHP) is a mix of inpatient and outpatient care. Those partaking in PHP will usually attend about six to eight hours of compulsory therapy at a facility each day and then live off campus or at home. Despite not living in the facility, PHPs are one of the most effective means of treatment following complete inpatient treatment.
PHP vs. Residential Experience
PHPs offer full-time treatment without the commitment of having to live in the same facility. Rather than eating, sleeping and receiving treatment all in one place, those in PHPs will attend all of the treatment they need in the facility with the freedom to be able to return home at the end of the day. PHPs are best for those who have a solid community and safe home to return to but are not stable enough to fully return to their daily lives.
Besides the living aspect, patients in partial hospitalization programs still have access to the same therapeutic resources as those in residential treatment. In fact, those who tend to benefit most from PHPs are those who have completed a medical detox and some form of residential treatment. PHPs are often used as a means to slowly discharge people from inpatient care by easing them back into their daily life. That being said, there are also many people who use PHPs as their primary form of treatment—usually, these candidates have a stable home and family life with minimal to no relapse triggers.
In terms of cost, PHPs are less expensive than residential programs, simply put, because patients do not live there and therefore do not need the same amenities. But, because PHP treatments still maintain the relative intensity of inpatient programs, such as medical treatment and various therapies, the cost is higher than simply receiving treatment a few times a week on your own schedule. Despite this, because PHP is a recommended, effective method of discharge and it is relatively cheap compared to a longer stay in a residential program, PHPs are becoming more popular and in turn, more accessible.
Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
PHPs offer a variety of services including basic evaluations and treatments for addiction and mental health disorders, individual, group and alternative therapy methods, access to medication, diet counseling and access to programs that will continue recovery once the individual has finished their PHP.
Again, PHPs are commonly utilized as bridges between inpatient and outpatient treatment by combining elements of both. In actually attending treatment at a facility, patients still receive a structured schedule that encourages their participation in continuing rehabilitation. That being said, the schedule usually takes place at the facility in the duration of a normal work day. This allows patients to rekindle relationships at home and begin to manage their addiction symptoms much more independently.
Successful transition from an inpatient program to a PHP is a sign of steady improvement. And, those who slowly discharge from inpatient treatment through PHP are more likely to retain sobriety than those who go straight home from inpatient treatment.
PHPs are also known to treat co-occurring mental disorders in addition to addiction. For those who need treatment for both, it is especially important that after residential care they are eased into daily life, and PHPs do so. With the wide availability of medical and therapeutic professionals in PHPs, one can receive the same dual treatment that was available inpatient for both disorders in the same facility rather than having to separate the two once released. Of course, after intensive care programs it is the individual’s choice to continue addiction or mental health treatment, but the continued access to both while in recovery is especially important.
While residential programs are focused heavily on detoxification and focusing on the individual’s unique needs, many PHPs offer addiction education classes for patients and family. These classes inform the individual and whoever else needs access about the science of their addiction disorder as a whole and not just their individual triggers.
While some triggers are already known and thought processes have been developed from residential programs to help the individual steer clear of substances, it is still important to remain educated on the entirety of the disease so to be even more prepared should different signs of relapse arise down the road. These classes are generally taught by the doctors, psychologists and other professionals within the PHP, all of whom should be qualified to educate the patient and their family on these topics.
Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) offer a unique solution for addiction recovery treatment. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and would like to learn more, Desert Rose Recovery is here for you.