Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for Substance Abuse
What is a PHP Program for Substance Abuse?
A Partial Hospitalization Program, commonly referred to as PHP, is level 2.5 on the ASAM continuum of recovery-oriented addiction services. This type of addiction treatment program provides an intensive level of non-residential and non-inpatient care that is available by Pride Recovery Center. People suffering from substance abuse disorder that require more intensive care than Outpatient Treatment may benefit from this level of treatment service. This level of care is best suited for individuals who have completed inpatient, or residential treatment, for substance use disorder and would benefit from the structure provided within a PHP program. The structure allows a person to obtain the necessary support before transitioning to a more independent sober lifestyle. This is especially beneficial for those without a traditional support system they can integrate back into after treatment. Individuals whose behavioral, mental, or substance abuse care needs that do not meet the criteria for a more intensive program, such as traditional inpatient or residential treatment levels, are best suited for PHP. Our PHP program consists of multiple treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) (for those with Trauma and PTSD as an underlying cause of addiction), Neurofeedback Therapy, 12-Step Therapy, and other evidence-based treatment services. To participate in our PHP, a person must have achieved a degree of stability that will allow them to fully partake in all therapeutic interventions required by within the program. Individuals that require 24 hour, 7 days a week care are eligible for this program. Our PHP is paired with Community Housing for those in need. Participants in our PHP program have the option to live in a structured housing environment with their peers which is provided by the program. Transportation and behavioral oversight by Behavioral Health Technicians are included components of this therapy program. Transportation is not limited to those living in Community Housing. If the person is unable to transport themselves to our daily Group Therapy, transportation will be provided. All participants within our PHP are subject to random urinalysis drug screening by a licensed and qualified toxicology laboratory. Maintaining sobriety is a requirement of our PHP.
Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
- Intensive Structured Therapy for Addiction Therapists
- Consistent Positive Care for Addiction
- Consistent Mental Health Care
- Regular Individual and Group Therapy
- Reinforces Personal Responsibility
- Life Skills Training
- Reduces the Threat of Early Recovery Setbacks
- Treatment Length Determined by Need
How Does Partial Hospitalization Addiction Treatment Work?
Our PHP is a personalized experience that is designed to meet the specific needs, goals, strengths, and weaknesses of each client. During the admission process, individuals will be given a thorough psychosocial assessment to determine whether the program is right for them. Our assessment process also ensures that our doctor and therapists have the necessary information need to develop an Individualized Treatment Plan that will guide the client’s recovery progress throughout their time at Pride Recovery Center.
Our PHP consists of the following clinical therapies:
Individual Therapy consists of one-on-one counseling between the client and a therapist. The therapist will therapeutically address issues such as: emotionally focused therapy, grief counseling, past trauma therapy, coping with addiction, processing success and relapses in recovery, as well as family issues. Individual therapy is useful because it provides a safe space for clients to address issues that they may be unwilling to discuss in a group setting. In our PHP level of care, each client is required to participate in at least one Individual Therapy session per week.
Group Therapy is the foundation for our structured PHP. Our PHP provides five hours of Group Therapy every day. Our Group Therapy is led by our licensed and certified addiction therapists. These sessions provide each client the time to share their unique life experiences with their peers to understand the challenges and successes when dealing with a life affected by substance abuse disorder. Group therapy sessions provide safe and structured environments in which individuals can improve on productive interpersonal communication skills, as well as develop additional verbal and written skills that are beneficial to their recovery process.
Problems with substance abuse and addiction usually affect the loved one’s around them. The unique challenges families face when a member is addicted to drugs or alcohol cannot be understated. Family members and close friends are often affected by their loved one’s addiction, so they play an important role in the client’s recovery process. Family Therapy helps to mend wounds between family members caused by the actions of the client and their desire to abuse drugs or alcohol. The goal of this therapy is to help family members learn how to provide non-judgmental support to their loved one’s as they work towards maintaining a sober lifestyle.
Maintaining Early Recovery Through A Partial Hospitalization Program
Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) offers the same dedicated treatment and experienced staff that other Residential Treatment offers. Individual, Group, and Family Therapy sessions are all a part of our treatment process. Clients can live on their own or with their peers. If a client chooses to live within our Community Housing, they still begin to learn how to live independently despite being in a controlled environment. Our Community Housing is safe, clean, and contains amenities designed to make the time spent there relaxing and serene. Responsibility is learned by all clients implementing the tools they develop in treatment into their daily lives. This best prepares the client for the future, allowing them to re-enter the workforce, maintain healthy relationships, and avoid negative contracts. During early recovery, the client needs to only interact with friends and family that are considered healthy. They should avoid contact with those that supported, or “turned a blind eye” to their addiction. Time alone should be spent reflecting on the life skills learned within the recovery program and resisting temptations to abuse drugs or alcohol. The treatment and support processes that occur during PHP offer the client a safe place to plan, discuss setbacks, and heal from past trauma. Our therapists will give provide advice and guidance on maintaining a new healthy sober lifestyle.
Some PHPs have an average length of treatment – generally 45 days. However, at Pride Recovery Center, we understand that each person requires unique treatment that best fits their needs. The length of stay is determined by our team and the client in a thoughtful and carefully determined manner. During early recovery, the client is most at risk for relapse and setbacks. Our experienced team of licensed and experienced counselors understand this risk. The client needs to have the confidence and tools needed to maintain sobriety in a less structured environment. We encourage the client to stay as long as needed to ensure their progress has been sufficient and the risk of negative setbacks has been minimized as much as possible.
We are skilled at identifying when a client has properly dealt with underlying issue that contributed to their substance abuse and addiction. Our goal is always to provide our clients with the tools and skills needed to maintain long-term sobriety and healthy living. Once this goal has been satisfied, the client can safely continue through to another level of care best suited for their progress.
Does Partial Hospitalization Work?
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) are one of many levels of care available to people requiring treatment for substance abuse and addiction. This type of program can help to alleviate the risk of relapse after detoxification, residential, or inpatient treatment. Since the primary purpose of PHP is to help teach people how to manage their cravings, work through issues contributing to addiction, and learn important life skills, this type of treatment can be effective. Like other medical services, addiction treatment is not a “one size fits all” service. Different people will respond in different ways to this type of treatment program. It should be noted that PHP is a popular form of addiction treatment due to its success at helping people manage their new sober lifestyle. The National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems has called partial hospitalization practice “a critical component” of the restoration of mental health within the substance abuse community. To understand if this program is right for you, we encourage you to contact our treatment center to undergo a comprehensive assessment. Our assessment process will identify key indicators and help our team of addiction professionals understand if you will benefit from our PHP.
Is Our PHP Right for You?
Participation in Pride Recovery Center’s PHP is most beneficial for:
- Those that have a sincere desire and willingness to maintain their sobriety.
- Those that have successfully completed a medical detox, inpatient hospitalization, or more rigorous residential treatment program
- Those that require intensive therapy that do not meet the needs of inpatient therapy.
- Those that have a stable support system in place allowing them to focus on recovery.
- Those that have a mental health condition, history of traumatic life events, or co-occurring disorders.
Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders in PHP
Did You Know?
- 50% of individuals with severe mental disorders are also suffering with substance abuse disorder.
- 90% of people that abuse drugs and alcohol also have at least one serious mental illness.
Helping Those with Mental Health Concerns in PHP
Our PHP is specifically designed to handle the needs of clients who have mental health conditions in addition to substance abuse and addiction. Many times, individuals recovering from addiction have other mental health concerns that need to be addressed. Our doctor, therapists, and experienced team of mental health professionals are equipped with the skills and resources to best help those in this situation. Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, and Depression commonly co-occur with substance abuse disorder. Other mental health problems that we encounter include Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder
- Excessive tension and worry
- Feeling restless or jumpy
- Irritability or feeling “on edge”
- Racing heart or shortness of breath
- Nausea, trembling, or dizziness
- Muscle tension, headaches
- Trouble concentrating
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
- Feelings of euphoria orextreme irritability
- Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs
- Decreased need for sleep
- Increased energy
- Rapid speech and racing thoughts
- Impaired judgment and impulsivity
- Anger or rage
Symptoms of Depression
- Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Appetite or weight changes
- Sleep changes
- Loss of energy
- Strong feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Concentration problems
- Anger, physical pain, and reckless behavior (especially in men)
Physical Recovery in PHP
As you become less dependent on alcohol or drugs, new or pre-existing health issues may become identifiable. Medical supervision during the recovery process can prevent these conditions from going untreated. It is common for people who abuse drugs and alcohol to have a weakened immune system from the toxicity of chemicals that were abused. When your immune system is weakened by addiction, common germs, viruses, diseases, and genetic conditions could affect the person more than someone that had not abused drugs or alcohol. Regular evaluation by a doctor or nurse during treatment ensures these conditions are managed and your health is maintained. Health and fitness are an important part of recovery. Regular exercise, proper diet, and meditative treatments like Adventure Therapy ensure your body is kept in proper shape as we help to heal your mind. The body and mind have a symbiotic relationship. Both need to be in a state capable of sustaining proper health in order to bets protect the client from relapse. For example, if a chronic physical condition goes untreated and causes pain, the client would be more likely to take a pain medication. The use of the pain medication would then increase the likelihood of relapse.
Recovery After PHP
The goal PHP is to build a skill set within the client that allows them to smoothly transition back into society and live responsibly on their own, or within a support system. Once this level of understanding has been achieved by the client, they can move onto less intensive forms of addiction management and continue their path of recovery. This may include Intensive Outpatient Services, or Outpatient Services. Contact our team of addiction professionals to learn more about out PHP program.