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What to Expect During a Partial Hospitalization Rehab Program

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Addiction treatment can be administered through different levels of care, and everyone requires their treatment plan. We all have different needs and goals, and this is especially true for those who require addiction treatment. If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may require treatment but do not know what exactly is in store for you, do not worry. Our Philadelphia drug treatment center is going over what to expect during a partial hospitalization rehab program so that you can feel prepared. 

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program? 

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is an intensive outpatient level of care that offers access to a secure, structured environment that offers mental health and/or addiction treatment. Unlike residential treatment programs, however, PHPs allow patients to undergo a certain number of session hours during the day and return home at night so they can develop a routine and maintain healthy relationships.  

What you can expect from a PHP can vary slightly depending on what addiction treatment center you choose, but our Philadelphia PHP for addiction is set to mimic a real-life setting and is a full-time commitment. 

During partial hospitalization treatment, patients can expect:  

  • Medically monitored detox 
  • Individual therapy sessions 
  • Group therapy sessions 
  • Dual diagnosis treatment (for patients with co-occurring addiction and mental illness) 
  • Education on addiction and mental illness  
  • Relapse prevention skills training  
  • Introduction to the 12-step method  
  • 24-hour support and supervision 
  • Daily programming, including therapies 
  • Comfortable living conditions with people in similar situations 
  • A focus on overcoming one’s addiction and creating new routines 

Patients will spend most of their day undergoing various treatment therapies, but they will also have 24-hour supervision in a sober living setting when they are not in therapy. During programming, patients can expect to engage in group and individual therapy sessions that focus on treating the addiction daily and developing the individual’s skills for living a sober lifestyle outside of rehab. Clients will also be able to share their experiences with others or focus on individual therapy as needed.  

The purpose of a partial hospitalization program is to transition patients back into a healthy routine once recovery is achieved. This program allows patients to attend outside 12-step meetings and to participate in recreational activities and exercise, which enables them to build a strong foundation in recovery and leads them to a successful outcome. 

Just like every phase of the recovery process, the goals associated with PHP treatment vary from person to person, though some do remain consistent. The goals of our partial hospitalization rehab program are: 

  • Identifying potential triggers and barriers that could compromise sobriety: As is the case with all levels of addiction treatment, the main goal is paving the road for long-term sobriety. In PHP, all remaining barriers are addressed, and our team helps clients come up with effective and healthy solutions.  
  • The development of relapse prevention skills: Relapse prevention training is one of many things patients can expect in our partial hospitalization program. Once these barriers and temptations are identified, these skills can be implemented. It’s crucial that before moving on from rehab, clients know how to process and cope with potential triggers.  
  • Identifying and managing stressors: We teach our PHP clients how to work through stressful situations that they’ll likely experience as they transition into a routine after rehab, such as overload and burnout at work.  
  • Progress with making amends in relationships: One of the benefits of returning home every night during PHP treatment is spending time with loved ones. Addiction takes away time from loved ones and breaks up relationships, which is why making amends is an integral part of our program.  

Partial Hospitalization vs. Day Treatment Programs 

Day treatment programs work similarly to partial hospitalization programs. They are considered outpatient programs, allowing patients to return home at night after completing their sessions for the day. The only notable differences are that the day program requires less time commitment than PHP, and day treatment is usually held in a residential setting or office setting rather than a hospital setting.  

This means that not only is PHP more thorough and medically led, but it’s also more beneficial for patients who may require medically monitored detox or aren’t medically stable. Medical detox is often the first step in the recovery process, especially for clients with severe substance use disorders.  

How Long Does Partial Hospitalization Last? 

As is the case with other phases of addiction recovery, the length of PHP is determined by the client’s needs and progress. In the vast majority of cases, a partial hospitalization program will last at least 30 days. The duration of the second phase of clinical care depends on what our team deems is needed for the individual to carry out their success in sobriety. Clients who show immense progress and continuously make healthy and positive choices after returning home may require less aftercare than others.  

Partial hospitalization programs are highly effective at addressing addiction recovery stressors and helping clients transition from rehab to their daily routines. However, these programs are best suited for individuals who have either undergone detox and inpatient care or don’t require inpatient care following medical treatment. Individuals who are medically stable and need help adjusting to a sober routine can also benefit from this program. 

Benefits of a PHP for Addiction 

Now that you know what to expect during partial hospitalization care, you may be wondering why you should enter into a PHP. There are many PHP benefits for recovering addicts. This type of program still gives the patient some flexibility but also provides an environment that is designed to promote their success. It also acts as a good transition period as the patient learns to become self-reliant once more.   

Patients also have the opportunity to go to outside meetings or engage in other healthy behaviors outside of addiction treatment. So don’t wait to get help! Finding a supportive environment is important, and you need a professional drug rehab center that offers the necessary resources to successfully treat and give you the tools for long-term sobriety. 

Successful recovery is possible, and we are here to make sure you achieve your goals! To learn more about our facility and our various Philadelphia substance abuse programs, call Banyan Treatment Centers today at 888-280-4763. 


Related Reading: 

What to Do After a Relapse 

How to Heal the Brain After Drug Use 

Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.