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Partial Hospitalization Program


The partial hospitalization program (PHP) at AKUA is geared towards clients who have successfully completed inpatient drug detoxification and are now ready for a structured, focused addiction treatment.

Some clients will undergo substance abuse treatment at a residential treatment program before they enter into partial hospitalization, but this is not a requirement. It solely depends on the seriousness of the client’s addiction. Partial hospitalization provides a middle ground between around-the-clock care in a residential treatment program, and checking in several times a week with an intensive outpatient program.



How much time per day is required for Partial Hospitalization Addiction Treatment?


Partial hospitalization treatment does not require 24-hour monitoring. Instead, 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 homes. They return to therapy in the morning. Partial hospitalization requires the commitment, honesty, and hard work of a full-time job.


Who can enter PHP Addiction Treatment?


Those considering PHP must have successfully completed a drug detoxification program. They need to reside locally in a stable environment such as sober living, or at home with supportive loved ones. Individuals must not be intoxicated, at risk of self-harm, or threatening harm to others in order to be enrolled in partial hospitalization. They must also have a reliable means of transportation.



Individuals who have a co-occurring disorder such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder may enter PHP while undergoing simultaneous treatment for their mental health disorder and substance abuse disorder.



What if I relapse while in PHP?


Many mental health treatment professionals state, “relapse is part of recovery and should not be viewed as a failure.” If a client does not show expected signs of improvement, fails to attend treatment sessions, or relapses, the client will be asked to enter into a higher level of care such as residential treatment. They can then re-enter the partial hospitalization program after the treatment team decides that they are healthy enough to step down to a 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. Therefore, treatment may look different for each individual. PHP is a structured, intense program including:


  • Random drug testing
  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Yoga

What is the average length of stay for PHP 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 will work together to determine the best length of treatment.


Partial hospitalization treatment is time-limited, meaning the program is not intended to go on indefinitely. PHP often lasts for an average of three to five weeks. Factors such as severity of the addiction, co-occurring disorders, availability of community and family support, insurance coverage, available space in the program, and responsibilities outside of the program are considered.



How effective is Partial Hospitalization for Addiction Treatment?


Although there is little published data on success rates for partial hospitalization for substance abuse, many of our clients who wish to overcome their addiction find they greatly benefit from PHP. 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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