What you can expect from a PHP or day program:
Learning about the science behind the disease of addiction will help one come to terms with the illness of substance abuse. It is also helpful to do some therapeutically driven soul-searching to understand how substance abuse started. These are just a few of the components you can expect from partial hospitalization or day treatment.
Addiction treatment happens on a continuum of care. Because addiction is a complex disease, there are many different methods available to treat it. Addiction is also a dangerous disease, and professional advice is recommended in choosing a method of treatment.
If you or a loved one is in need of substance abuse treatment, it’s important to know about partial hospitalization (PHP) and day treatment. These programs represent a compromise between outpatient treatment and inpatient rehab. Many find that attending a PHP or day program is the ideal solution to the dilemma of how to proceed with addiction treatment. While these two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between the two.
While most partial hospitalization programs do take place in a hospital (hence the name), there is no actual inpatient hospitalization involved.
A PHP is actually an extra-intensive outpatient substance abuse program that allows participants to return home every night, or stay in a sober living environment, while receiving treatment. In other words, those who choose a partial hospitalization program do not live or stay at the facility. Instead, they attend treatment for up to six hours a day, five to seven days a week, and leave the hospital once the day is over. Partial hospitalization can last anywhere from a few weeks to three months.
PHP offers a higher level of care than the typical outpatient program or even IOP (intensive outpatient). Those in partial hospitalization treatment receive comprehensive services that include continuous medical monitoring by a team of physicians, nurses, and addiction experts to oversee medications and treat physical or mental complications resulting from prolonged substance abuse. Those whose mental, behavioral, or physical needs do not require inpatient treatment can attend partial hospitalization programs.
A PHP is for those who need extensive structure and support, but do not require 24/7 supervision or medical assistance. While many people start their recovery journey with partial hospitalization, others attend a PHP after they have completed a 30- to 90-day stay at a residential rehab or inpatient treatment facility.
Day programs work in much the same way as partial hospitalization. They are considered outpatient programs; again, those receiving treatment return home every night. The only notable differences are: a day program requires less of a time commitment than PHP, and day treatment is usually held in a residential or office setting rather than in a hospital. Someone in a day program might feel like they are at home.
Generally, day programs run less than six hours a day, three to five times a week. Like PHPs, they can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Day treatment programs are also run by qualified addiction experts and medical professionals.
Partial hospitalization and day programs offer very similar approaches to addiction treatment. Here’s what you can expect:
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