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How Does Partial Hospitalization Work in Addiction Treatment?

Written By: Harris House

Category: Addiction, Blog

Puzzle piece labeled Bridge the gap.

For many recovering addicts, PHPs can be a bridge between addiction and recovery.

Just as addiction is multi-faceted, so is its treatment. Substance abuse treatments are anything but one-size-fits-all. Not only are a number of programs available, but they can and should be personalized to the patient. After all, what works for one person may not work for another. One treatment option offering promising outcomes for people struggling with addiction? Partial hospitalization. Here’s a closer look at this effective type of outpatient treatment program.

What Are Partial Hospitalization Programs?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are a mid-point on the continuum of addiction treatment care between inpatient treatment and standard outpatient care. They comprise a combination of comprehensive treatment services and medical monitoring.

Also referred to as Day Treatment, PHPs take place during the day without overnight stays. They are a common option for addicts who may require a higher level of care than they’d receive in a conventional outpatient setting. Because of this, they’re often incorporated into the treatment plan as a follow-up service upon completion of an inpatient program.

What Does PHP Treatment Provide?

PHPs include many of the same services offered in both inpatient and outpatient treatment. These include individual counseling, group therapy, and medical care, if necessary. These services are usually delivered for a set number of days a week for a set number of hours a day.

For example, PHP sessions at Harris House are offered five days a week for six hours a day, but the number of days a patient attends depends on his/her progress toward their individual treatment plan goals.

Upon successful completion of a PHP, a patient may transition to standard outpatient care toward continued stability and sobriety.

PHP Treatment at Harris House

While all PHPs share a common theme, they differ from program to program and facility to facility. Day Treatment at Harris House includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) groups focused on both education and process.

Educational groups cover topics such as the physical impact of addiction, the disease concept of chemical dependency, trigger identification, craving management, relapse prevention, and aftercare planning, an introduction to 12-step recovery, depression and anxiety management, and biofeedback.

Group therapy session

Individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy sessions delivered during PHP treatment can all serve invaluable purposes on the road to addiction recovery.

Process groups address subjects such as coping with feelings in a healthy way, family dynamics, trauma-informed care, stress reduction, mindfulness, self-care and wellness, and recognizing distorted thinking.

Harris House Day Treatment patients also attend weekly, client-centered individual counseling sessions. During these sessions, services are delivered by MSW, LCSW, and LPC level, Missouri State Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors who work directly with patients to develop a treatment and recovery plan. Additionally, these meetings address another critical element of addiction treatment and recovery: the strengthening of support systems. 

And because addiction impacts the whole family, PHP treatment at Harris House also includes two weekly educational groups for family and friends.

Lastly, while Harris House PHP is outpatient by design, the program acknowledges the importance of positive living environments. Unfortunately, not all people in recovery have home environments that are conducive to maintaining their sobriety goals. As such, arrangements are available for sober housing for participants.

Addiction is a life-changing disease both for addicts and the people who love them, but there is hope. Addiction treatment can help patients overcome the challenges of addiction and regain control of their lives. St. Louis drug rehab Harris House has been providing a breadth and depth of addiction treatment programming for more than 50 years. For a free and confidential assessment or to learn about admissions, contact us today.

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