Finding the right type of treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction can be confusing. Every addiction, like every person, is unique. A treatment option that works for someone else may not work for you. Additionally, the treatment options and levels of care available can easily become overwhelming. However, you have likely discovered two primary treatment settings – inpatient and outpatient. So where does a partial hospitalization program (PHP) fit in and what is it?
What is Partial Hospitalization?
Partial hospitalization is most commonly a form of intensive outpatient treatment. The program is transitional in nature and aims to return the patient back to their community with continued support through ambulatory treatment services. The PHP follows an outpatient treatment structure, with patients participating in structured group therapy sessions, individual therapy, and psychiatric services while being able to return to their home or a sober living facility in the evenings. Our PHP can also serve as a boarding program based on the need of a patient, allowing the individual to have some additional support from the structured treatment setting before returning to his/her community.
Partial hospitalization programs can also help to prevent the need for residential services by provided the needed support to keep a substance use disorder from progressing in severity or spotting a relapse before it occurs. Landmark Recovery’s PHP can help stabilize and improve the functionality of a patient who has successfully completed detox from drugs or alcohol.
What can you expect to gain from a partial hospitalization program? Let’s look at the benefits.
Benefits of a PHP
When exploring your treatment options, you may be concerned about the cost of treatment, whether you have insurance or not. Without the cost of food and accommodations to consider, these PHP’s may be a more affordable option, if it is clinically appropriate. As with all care levels at Landmark Recovery, a healthcare provider must assess an individual to determine if PHP is the right level of care to address the presenting problems
Many people find that transitioning from residential services for alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder to a PHP to be beneficial as PHPs provide a great option that is between the high intensity of an inpatient program and lower intensity of an intensive outpatient program. Transitioning to a partial hospitalization program may help you more successfully navigate the transition between residential to outpatient treatment.
Day treatment programs work especially well for consolidating the progress made during a shorter-term residential programs. While residential programs can be an immersive way to begin the recovery journey, they are often short-term in nature, with treatment lasting between 14-30 days. With a PHP, you can build on what you learned in a residential program while still benefiting from the structure and support that a day program provides. Partial hospitalization programs provide close medical monitoring and accountability without the cost or the rigidity of residential rehab. We’ll look next at what you can expect if you are admitted into a PHP.
What Does a Partial Hospitalization Program Involve?
One of the chief advantages of a PHP is the close medical monitoring that is offered throughout the program. Patients receive a physical and psychiatric examination before being admitted into Landmark’s partial hospitalization program. This helps us create a unique treatment plan for each patient. Every PHP participant will be assigned a primary addiction counselor.
MAT and Psychotherapies
Our partial hospitalization program may include medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which involves the use of FDA-approved medications to treat both alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. These medications can help soothe withdrawal symptoms while also alleviating cravings to drink or use drugs. Partial hospitalization programs typically offer a range of psychotherapies like dialectic behavior therapy (DBT) or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as well as enjoying access to MAT if available and appropriate. Currently, Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis is our only facility that offers a full MAT program.
CBT sessions can help you identify the negative patterns of thinking that trigger poor behaviors like abusing drugs or alcohol. You’ll also learn healthy coping strategies that can help you navigate life’s stressors and avoid relapsing. DBT is a specific form of CBT that may help you regulate your emotions more effectively and sharpen your coping skills. In the event of any co-occurring mental health condition, focused dual-diagnosis treatment will address both issues head-on.
Individual Counseling Sessions
One-on-one sessions provide the opportunity to dive deep into the issues surrounding your abuse of alcohol or drugs. In an individual session, you’ll benefit from confidential input from your counselor. You’ll work closely together setting and tracking goals to keep you motivated during the vital early stages of recovery.
Group Counseling Sessions
Although group sessions don’t give you the same personalized attention as individual counseling, you’ll be surrounded by peers going through the same broad experience of recovery. This can be a valuable source of insight and inspiration. Beyond this, you can expect access to a variety of holistic therapies and education services when you engage with a PHP.
What Comes Next?
If you feel ready to commit to a partial hospitalization program for addiction to drink or drugs, we can help you here at Landmark Recovery. For anyone with a strong support system in place, our outpatient treatment will provide a structured and evidence-based approach to recovery. You’ll enjoy robust support as you transition back into regular daily living substance-free.
Get things started by calling the friendly team at 888-448-0302.