A partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers a high level of care for behavioral health issues. It is more intensive than outpatient rehab but allows for more freedom than inpatient rehab. PHPs have helped many people struggling with addiction to find long-term recovery.

Partial hospitalization programs may stand alone or be part of a continuum of care at a residential addiction treatment center like Vertava Health Texas.

What To Expect In A Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial hospitalization programs are usually staffed by medical professionals or certified addiction counselors. They often provide medical monitoring and a range of evidence-based and experiential therapies.

Also called “day programs,” partial hospitalization programs allow individuals to live at home and attend therapy sessions during the day.

These programs may require almost as much time in treatment as an inpatient rehab program, though they vary in length. On average, someone in a PHP spends four to six hours per day in treatment three to five days per week.

This time commitment allows the individual to address underlying issues that contribute to addiction, as well as how substance abuse affects their life and health.

Addiction treatment in a partial hospitalization program consists of similar programming to residential care, and may include:

Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) help recovering individuals change their thought patterns to produce healthier behaviors.

Directed by a therapist, CBT and DBT also teach coping skills, emotion regulation, and self-acceptance.

Counseling: Counseling addresses the causes of substance abuse and encourages people to set recovery goals.

It also fosters a relationship between the individual and their alcohol and drug counselor, who can offer personal guidance. Counseling may take place one-on-one or in a group setting.

Recovery Support Groups: Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Refuge Recovery bring people together to discuss how addiction has affected them. This allows individuals to share perspectives, give advice, and encourage others in recovery.

Addiction Education: Education on the effects of substance abuse and how addiction changes the brain helps people understand addiction as a disease and how they can heal.

Art Therapy: Art allows individuals to explore creativity and express their emotions in a way that may be easier than talking. It offers an outlet for frustration or a distraction from stress that may otherwise lead to substance abuse.

Wellness Programs: A wellness program includes relaxation, exercise, and nutrition. These are vital aspects of recovery that promote physical healing and mental wellbeing. Yoga, hiking, and sports may be part of a PHP wellness program.

Many partial hospitalization programs are tailored to the individual, blending the most effective therapies for their situation.

For example, a person who has experienced trauma could benefit from trauma therapy, while another person may not need this aspect of care.

A therapist may determine how long someone should remain in a PHP based on their unique needs and progress in recovery.

Who Can Benefit From A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

When someone completes an inpatient rehab program, the transition back to “normal” life can be jolting.

They return home and have to adjust to a completely different environment (in which they used to abuse drugs or alcohol). Their family may not be able to provide 24-hour support.

Partial hospitalization programs offer a more gradual transition. They allow someone to reconnect with the outside community while continuing addiction treatment.

This teaches them to integrate the tools they learned at the rehab center into everyday life.

Some individuals choose not to enroll in an inpatient rehab program because of cost or outside obligations, such as work, school, or family. Still, they may need a higher level of care than what is offered by a standard outpatient program.

Partial hospitalization programs provide comprehensive addiction treatment that may help someone avoid full hospitalization or residential care.

PHPs can be effective for highly motivated people who have a strong support system at home. However, if someone does not have a stable home environment, inpatient addiction treatment may be the best option.

This may also be the case for people who suffer from chronic relapse, severe addictions, or co-occurring disorders.

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) At Vertava Health Texas

Many people at Vertava Health Texas begin in residential addiction treatment and step down to the partial hospitalization program (PHP). They remain connected with the people who played a significant role in their recovery.

The partial hospitalization program at Vertava Health Texas offers core therapies as well as experiential methods like equine therapy, music lessons, and a zipline course.

To provide extra support for someone who is healing from addiction, some treatment facilities offer sober living homes for people in their partial hospitalization programs.

At Vertava Health Texas, we allow recovering individuals to remain in residence at the treatment center if they choose.

After completing the PHP, Treehouse clients have the option of transitioning to an intensive outpatient program (IOP), which offers a lower level of care.

For more information on the partial hospitalization program at Vertava Health Texas, please speak with one of our treatment specialists today.