Partial Hospitalization

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Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization, also known as PHP program, at AKUA is geared towards clients who have successfully completed in-patient drug detoxification and are now ready for an addiction treatment program that is very structured and focused. Some clients will undergo substance abuse treatment at a residential treatment program before they enter into partial hospitalization however this is not a required prerequisite and solely depends on the seriousness of the client’s addiction. Partial hospitalization for substance abuse falls on the continuum between a residential treatment program ( I would backlink to the RT page) and an intensive outpatient program ( I would backlink to the IOP page) for individuals seeking recovery for drug abuse.

How much time is required for partial hospitalization addiction treatment?

Partial hospitalization treatment does not require 24-hour monitoring but instead is an intensive program requiring four to six hours of substance abuse therapy per day for four to five days per week.

Unlike residential treatment, clients in partial hospitalization have shown enough improvement that they are strong enough to leave treatment at night and return to the comfort of their beds. In a sense this is like a full-time job without a paycheck, as it requires long hours of commitment, honesty and hard work.

Who can enter partial hospitalization addiction treatment?

Individuals who have successfully completed a drug detoxification program and who reside locally in a stable environment such as a sober living, or at home with supportive loved ones are eligible to enter partial hospitalization for substance abuse treatment. Individuals must not be intoxicated, at risk of self-harm or threatening harm to others in order to be enrolled in partial hospitalization. Individuals must also have a reliable means of transportation. Individuals who have a co-occurring (link to co-occurring disorder treatment page) mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or bipolar can enter this level of care while undergoing simultaneous treatment for their mental health disorder(s) and substance abuse disorder(s).

What if I relapse while undergoing partial hospitalization addiction treatment?

Many mental health and addiction treatment professionals state, “relapse is part of recovery and should not be viewed as failure”. If a client does not show expected signs of improvement, if attendance at partial hospitalization treatment sessions is negligent, or if a relapse occurs, the client will be asked to enter into a higher level of care such as residential treatment for their substance abuse. They can then re-enter their partial hospitalization program after the treatment team decides that they are healthy enough to step down to this lower level of care.

What type of therapy is offered in partial hospitalization addiction treatment?

Therapy is always tailored to the individual and not the substance abuse disorder and therefore treatment may look different for each individual. Group therapy and individual therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectal behavioral therapy, yoga, trauma informed care, diet and nutrition education, coping mechanisms, relapse prevention skills and general life skills are all part of this structured intense program and clients are randomly drug tested in order to ensure their sobriety.

What is the average length of stay for partial hospitalization addiction treatment?

Most partial hospitalization programs have an average length of treatment however addiction treatment is not “one-size-fits-all”. Both the client and the treatment team should work together to determine the best length of treatment.

Partial hospitalization treatment is time-limited, meaning that the program is not intended to go on indefinitely. The PHP program will often last for an average period of time between three and five weeks. This general range will be affected by insurance coverage, available space in the program, and various other factors such as severity of the addiction, the presence of co-occurring disorders, availability of community and family support and the need to return to other responsibilities such as caring for a dependent child or an elderly family member.

How effective is partial hospitalization for addiction treatment?

Although there is little current research on success rates for partial hospitalization for substance abuse, many clients who wish to overcome their addiction can greatly benefit from these programs. It is important to discuss this with a medical professional to make sure all the criteria for entry into this type of rehabilitation program are met.

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