Partial Hospitalization Program
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Partial Hospitalization Program

There is no all-encompassing treatment program that works for everyone. Each individual is different. So, as a result, there are different treatment programs that work for different people suffering from addiction. One of those programs is partial hospitalization.

Partial hospitalization is considered a step down from inpatient or residential treatment. This is because the patient is not required to remain at the facility for the entire time during treatment. Here is everything you need to know about partial hospitalization programs and how they can help you.

What Is A Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a treatment program that works to help those recovering from addiction and do not need 24-hour, around-the-clock care. A person who is participating in a PHP can come to the facility for treatment and then leave and go about their daily activities. Treatment and therapy sessions take place 3 to 5 days a week for several hours each time.

Partial hospitalization is ideal for patients who don’t have an addiction severe enough to require residential treatment. It may also work best for those who, for whatever reason, can’t leave their daily responsibilities behind in order to enter residential treatment. Additionally, a partial hospitalization program might be recommended for those who:

  • Require close medical attention during treatment
  • Need a support system that is not offered in outpatient treatment
  • Are looking for something to bridge the gap between inpatient and outpatient treatment

For most people contemplating partial hospitalization, their doctor of therapist might recommend it over other treatment options.

How Do I Know If I Need Partial Hospitalization?

Chances are, your doctor or therapist will recommend partial hospitalization depending on your needs. For those seeking treatment for addiction, a partial hospitalization program is ideal for someone who:

  • Is medically stable
  • Suffers from co-occurring disorders
  • Is motivated to participate in treatment
  • Has a stable and positive support system at home
  • Is not at risk of causing harm to themselves or others
  • Has difficulty functioning during daily tasks (school, work, etc)

Partial hospitalization can also be beneficial for someone that has completed residential treatment but feels that they still need more treatment than what can be offered in outpatient treatment. Partial hospitalization programs build on what was learned in residential treatment and continue the recovery process. 

This can also be the case for someone who has already been through residential treatment and has started their outpatient treatment program. Sometimes, after starting outpatient treatment, you might realize that you need more structure and care than what is provided. In that case, partial hospitalization might be the best option.

Finally, the cost associated with residential, inpatient treatment can be quite high. Not everyone has insurance or has insurance that will cover the full cost of inpatient treatment. For people who simply cannot afford the cost that comes with inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization can be a cost-effective alternative.


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What Does a Partial Hospitalization Program Consist Of?

Most partial hospitalization programs are run by a combination of licensed medical staff and certified addiction counselors or therapists. The bulk of partial hospitalization centers around various therapies that focus on addiction treatment. 

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral therapy is the therapy that all other therapies revolve around. The most popular behavioral therapy used is cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT. CBT is used to determine negative thought patterns that lead to unhealthy behavior, like drugs or alcohol abuse. This therapy method works to correct those negative patterns. Another method used is dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which helps people regulate their emotions and learn positive coping skills.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is a great way to work through any issues that you may have with a therapist. It allows you to create that one-on-one relationship with your therapist so that you can work with them on a treatment plan that is custom-made for you and your needs.

In addition, while group therapy is an interracial part of the recovery process, there are some things that you simply might not feel comfortable sharing or address in a group setting. Individual therapy is the perfect place to talk about those things in a safe environment.

Group Therapy

Another great way to work through any addiction-related issues that you may have is through group therapy. Held in a larger setting, group therapy usually consists of one therapist or counselor and multiple patients.

Group therapy is a great way to get the support necessary for overcoming your addiction. Being in a room with other people that are going through similar issues that you are can be a great way to build a positive support system. Also, others in the group might have also gone through similar things as you and can offer some insight as far as what worked and didn’t work for them.

Support Groups

Building a solid support system is one of the biggest keys to remaining sober once formal treatment has been completed. 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, or other support groups, can help you to work through some of the issues that have come up since you left treatment in a less formal environment. Support groups offer a safe environment for the discussion of personal issues related to substance use and how addiction affects people’s lives.

Alternative Therapy Options

In addition to the more traditional therapy options, some treatment facilities also offer other, less traditional treatment options. These can include things like art therapy, aquatic therapy, or even equestrian therapy. At Daylight Recovery Services, we offer engaging therapy options for our patients to enjoy along with their individual and group therapy sessions.

Who Should Not Enroll in a Partial Hospitalization Program?

Just like all other treatment methods, partial hospitalization isn’t for everyone. Some people don’t have a stable home life. Others may not have a home at all for the time being. Many individuals who suffer from substance abuse need 24-hour supervision in order to avoid the risk of a relapse. For people in these situations, partial hospitalization might not be the best treatment method for them. 

Others that should consider other treatment methods than partial hospitalization include:

Though partial hospitalization programs utilize many of the same therapies as inpatient drug and alcohol rehab programs, the level of care is significantly lower. It takes a highly motivated individual to be successful in a partial hospitalization program.

If you aren’t sure if partial hospitalization is right for you, it’s important to meet with either your doctor or therapist to discuss treatment options. You can also contact us at Daylight Recovery Services for an evaluation.

How Long Does a Partial Hospitalization Program Last?

Partial hospitalization is designed to be a short-term treatment plan. The ultimate goal of partial hospitalization is to get you to a point where you can be moved to a lower level of care, such as outpatient or intensive outpatient treatment.

Like all other treatment methods, the exact length of care for partial hospitalization is different for everyone and depends on how quickly the person progresses through treatment. Treatment duration can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. When it comes to treatment, it is important not to focus on how long it is taking. The goal is to get clean and sober, no matter how long that may take.

Partial Hospitalization vs. Outpatient Treatment

Both partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs offer in-depth treatment for behavioral health issues. Additionally, they both allow the patients to live at home during treatment. Where they differ is primarily in the amount of time the patient spends in treatment. 

Outpatient treatment programs are not traditionally as time-consuming as partial hospitalization programs. Outpatient treatment can require as little as just a few hours a week as far as a time commitment for treatment.

Typically, outpatient treatment is conducted in 2-4 hour treatment sessions, three to four days a week. This allows the patient to easily schedule treatment around their normal schedule, causing as little change to their daily schedule as possible. 

On the other end, partial hospitalization requires a more significant time commitment, making it more challenging when it comes to scheduling it around your daily activities. A partial hospitalization program may require up to 4 to 6 hours per day of therapy for anywhere from three to five days a week.

Are You Looking For A Partial Hospitalization Program?

We know that the road to recovery can be a difficult and often confusing time. There are many different treatment options out there and picking the right one can be crucial to the success of your treatment. At Daylight Recovery Services, we know this which is why our number one priority is to get you the help you need so you can live a clean and sober life. Contact us today for more information on our treatment programs, including partial hospitalization.