Partial hospitalization (PHP) is a series of face-to-face medically supervised programs that involve intensive therapeutic treatment and clinical services. In PHP, you will live in on-campus apartments with the goal of easing into a home living environment. You will also go through a series clinical and therapeutic treatments five or more times a week for six to eight hours.
Partial hospitalization is a key component of a long-term recovery program that starts with intensive care and then goes through a process of deinstitutionalization. Through this process, you learn to re-adapt to real-world situations and apply the things you have learned in therapy to avoid and manage triggers.
Who is Partial Hospitalization For?
Partial hospitalization is not for every addicted person seeking recovery, at least not right away. Someone who is addicted to opioids shouldn’t be admitted to PHP as a first step. They may experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms that require 24/7 medical care. Moreover, they may be deep in the throes of chemical and psychological addiction and a lack of structure and supervision can result in relapse.
Instead, partial hospitalization is ideal for people who have completed fully-supervised detox and therapy programs. You may first require medical inpatient care with high levels of structure and supervisions. Then, as you progress in your recovery, you will be ready for the next level of the process. PHP allows these patients to gain a little more independence while still having access to intensive treatment and therapy.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), partial hospitalization has also been used to treat people, particularly adolescents, with severe substance use disorders but don’t require 24/7 medical supervision. In these cases, teens learn healthy lifestyle choices and coping skills in a safe and supervised environment. However, when chemically addictive substances are abused, it’s generally best to first go through medically supervised detox.
Partial hospitalization may also be an option for addiction disorders that don’t require detox. Some substances may not be chemically addictive but they are still psychologically addictive. For instance, inhalants, most hallucinogens, and marijuana have a very low rate of physical dependency, but they can cause psychological dependence.
Because of this, they can have a negative impact on your life, even without a chemical addiction. Plus, other behavioral disorders like gambling addiction can have very powerful holds over their victims. In these cases, you don’t necessarily need detox but you can benefit from the high level of care PHP can provide.
What Happens in Partial Hospitalization Treatment?
In partial hospitalization programs, you will attend treatment and therapy programs with a similar frequency to a full-time job. The minimum time requirement for PHP is 5 days per week and 6 hours per day. Each individual is different and programs are tailored to your specific needs. Because of that, their weekly treatment schedule may vary.
When treatment is completed each day, you can retreat to your own living space for the evening or for days off. Some facilities allow you to live off-campus in your own home, but this can be risky. You may still be learning about your triggers and coping techniques in PHP, and some of those triggers may be present in your home environment and neighborhood.
At Ocean Breeze Recovery, we offer on-campus apartments to anyone in PHP. This allows for added independence in a home environment that has fewer potential triggers and temptations. You can continue treatment until you are ready to take on the next phase of recovery.
In partial hospitalization, you’ll participate in a number of treatment programs for several hours each day, including:
- Individual therapy. You are able to sit down with a trained therapist for a safe, confidential conversation. They can help you through psychoanalysis and through cognitive behavioral therapy.
- Group therapy. Group meetings involve one or more therapists and several people in recovery. In groups, you will be able to share your personal experiences and triumphs while making healthy connections with other people.
- Family therapy. It is often said that addiction is a family disease as it often affects the people around the person suffering from the disease as well. Family therapy allows families to heal wounds and learn ways to improve communication.
- Other therapy options. Again, the best addiction therapy is personalized to your history, personality, needs, and spirituality.
How Our Florida Partial Hospitalization Program Can Help You
PHP is an important stop on the road to recovery. The most successful addiction treatment starts with intensive medical inpatient treatment, scales down to partial hospitalization, and leads to outpatient programs. For those in recovery who have already completed inpatient programs, partial hospitalization is an excellent way to ease back into daily life.
This process of deinstitutionalization is essential to fostering real-world coping techniques for lifelong freedom from addiction. The goal is not just to help you become free of addiction in a treatment facility. Instead, it’s to help you learn how to live a healthy lifestyle so you can pursue positive life goals.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and would like to learn more about Ocean Breeze Recovery, give us a call at 855-960-5341 to begin your road to recovery.