Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)


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    PHP: Partial hospitalization programs

    Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), also called day programs, provide intensive treatment for behavioral health issues without requiring an overnight stay.  These programs have been found to be effective in treating substance use disorders, among many other mental illnesses.  An individual in a partial hospitalization program is medically monitored during their time in treatment and participates in a variety of evidence-based therapies. PHPs aim to provide comprehensive care for mental disorders (like addiction) while still allowing a person the freedom to live their life outside of treatment.

    Partial hospitalization programs are a step up from intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) and a step down from inpatient or residential treatment. PHPs can be used as a transition back to normal life after an inpatient program, eventually tapering into outpatient treatment.

    Partial hospitalization programs may be especially effective as a step down from a 30-day program. Short-term residential programs lay the foundation for recovery, but often do not provide enough time for complete healing. Partial hospitalization programs build on what was learned in residential treatment and continue the recovery process.

    On the other end of the spectrum, some people in outpatient addiction treatment find that they need more care and structure than is offered in an IOP. They may be advised by a medical professional to advance to a partial hospitalization program that monitors them more closely. PHPs allow more time to explore and resolve issues related to addiction.

    Someone may enter a partial hospitalization program to avoid hospitalization if their addiction is too severe for the treatment level of an IOP. Since partial hospitalization allows people to live at home, it is more flexible than inpatient treatment. Some people do not want to enroll in an inpatient program because of the time commitment and being away from their job or family.

    Before treatment services begin, the staff will conduct an intake evaluation, which they will use to develop an individualized treatment plan based on the person’s addiction and mental health condition.

    People in a PHP participate in a comprehensive recovery program in which they work closely with many different treatment professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists, and psychiatrists. Below are the typical services offered in day treatment:

    Further, many partial hospitalization programs are equipped to treat people with a dual diagnosis or the presence of substance addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.   If you or someone you love has a psychiatric condition and a drug or alcohol abuse problem, a day treatment program may be beneficial.

    The duration of participation varies by individual and is based upon factors such as attendance and compliance of the PHP program, the ability to remain abstinent, and progress toward individualized treatment goals.  However, most participants participate in the PHP level of care for 4-8 weeks on average.   After successfully completing the PHP level of care, individuals are transitioned to our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) level of care.

    Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Services

    Alcohol or Drug Detox

    Not every facility will offer medically supervised detox.  But some partial hospitalization programs have physicians available to provide people with medication while they safely detox from drugs or alcohol.  PHPs that offer detox generally only treat those with mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms.  Individuals with severe or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms may require the supervision and pharmaceutical support offered by a professional detox facility prior to enrolling in a PHP for ongoing treatment.

    Medical services

    Nurses and doctors are on staff to administer medication and treat physical complications from substance abuse.  Many individuals who have abused alcohol or drugs have neglected self-care and enter treatment with many medical needs to be addressed.






    Medication management

    When used in conjunction with behavioral therapy or psychotherapies, medication such as Suboxone or Vivitrol can help to promote abstinent behaviors by decreasing cravings, blocking the rewarding effects of alcohol or certain drugs, and managing protracted withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, dysphoria, and insomnia.




    Individual therapy

    The person meets with a therapist or addictions counselor one-on-one to work on unhealthy behaviors and maintain abstinence.







    Group Counseling

    Group counseling sessions tend to focus on one specific topic or skill and are facilitated by a certified mental health professional. Topics include educational groups, relapse prevention, stress management, coping skills, life skills, recreational activities and team building, and family education and therapy.  Within the PHP program at PUSH for Recovery, we offer group counseling five days per week.

    Aftercare Planning

    Treatment teams prepare a person for discharge by creating an aftercare plan, which consists of relapse prevention tactics, such as support groups, 12-step programs, sober living homes, or group or individual counseling.







    Holistic Treatment

    Depending on the recovery facility, some PHPs may offer holistic treatment options, such as yoga, meditation, nutrition, music therapy, and art and music therapy.





    Urine Drug Screenings

    One important aspect of PHP programs is standard drug screenings. Administered as part of the treatment program, screenings are a low-cost way to provide a high level of accountability and to boost the confidence of those who are progressing well in treatment. Those in PHP treatment may be required to undergo drug screenings as often as three times a week.

    Case Management

    Individuals who have abused alcohol or drugs may face several stressors or barriers to treatment.  Case managers assist the clients to overcome many of these items by linking them with various community services.  These may include medical services, supportive housing, dental services, etc.




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