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Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial hospitalization programs are intensive treatment programs where patients attend scheduled therapy and activities throughout the day and return home at night.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs, or PHP, are a step down from inpatient treatment. However, if a user does not need inpatient treatment, PHP is an available first step to a journey to recovery at Arista Recovery.

When a client is admitted into a partial hospitalization program, they attend treatment at a drug rehab facility for the majority of the day, yet are able to go home in the evening. The following morning they return to the center.

Partial hospitalization program requirements vary based on each client. During initial assessments—before the medical detoxing process—the team works to decide if the severity of the patient’s substance use is enough to refer them to an inpatient program.

If a patient needs more addiction services than an outpatient program will lend, and inpatient is too restrictive for their circumstances, PHP may be the best option.

The length of a PHP program depends on a patient’s progress. The program itself is intended to be a short-term treatment option, therefore those in PHP are not typically in the program for more than several months. Some PHPs offer a variety of days patients can attend.

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The Importance of a Strong PHP

There are advantages to attending a partial hospitalization program in a facility such as Arista Recovery. It is highly important that clients choose a strong PHP to be the most successful. If clients enjoyed success at an inpatient program, that center will most likely have an exceptional PHP.

Some clients travel outside of their residence to receive inpatient addiction services. In these cases, they may want to return closer to their home base for partial hospitalization. If there are no reputable PHP centers near a client, staying where they were for an inpatient program and discussing housing opportunities such as a sober living environment is a viable option.

These are some of the major advantages of choosing a strong PHP:

  • Patients in a PHP have much more freedom and flexibility to get back to family and home life and even work part time.
  • Patients in PHP can find a sober living environment during this time and can begin to attend groups such as AA and NA in the community.
  • Some insurance companies are more likely to fully cover a partial hospitalization program over an inpatient program due to the cost. In a PHP, clients get a comprehensive and intense level of treatment for a fraction of the cost of inpatient treatment.
  • Attending a partial hospitalization program makes the transition to intensive outpatient (IOP) and outpatient treatment smoother.
  • Clients continue to get a high level of support from a treatment team of skilled professionals. They help along the journey to sobriety.

Clients should not purposefully skip PHP and return home after inpatient treatment. This is never recommended, as PHP will continue to help clients be more successful during the recovery process.

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Treatment Components of PHP

The day-to-day components of a partial hospitalization program are quite similar to inpatient treatment. Licensed professionals operate treatment groups and individual therapy throughout the day and medical professionals, such as a physician or psychiatrist, are at the center weekly to update evaluations and if needed, provide medication refills.

Clients can expect these components out of a PHP:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Medication management
  • Real-world practice with coping skills
  • Life skills and career training
  • Socialization

Again—what clients experience in inpatient is similar to treatment at a PHP. The difference? PHPs are not residential facilities, and clients are able to return home or travel to a sober living facility at the end of the treatment day.

Is PHP for Me?

The decision to step up or down to a partial hospitalization program is dependent upon a client’s treatment team or professional recommendation, as well as the client’s willingness and motivation to attend the program.

According to addiction experts, partial hospitalization may be a good fit for people who:

  • Need a high level of care but can remain clean outside of a rehab center
  • Have already completed a hospital or residential treatment program, but feel at imminent risk of relapse
  • Have a hard time motivating themselves to continue treatment
  • Have a co-occurring disorder (e.g., anxiety or depression in addition to a substance use disorder)
  • Live in environments where they are at risk for using drugs and have little support
  • Are not making optimal recovery progress in an IOP

PHP is also ideal for those who have relapsed, but do not need to go back to inpatient treatment. For clients that fall under any or most of those descriptions, PHP is most likely a better choice.

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Cost of PHP

As stated previously, the cost of a partial hospitalization program is much less than residential, which causes insurance companies to be more willing to pay for an extended period of time in PHP rather than inpatient.

The cost of a PHP is determined by:

  • Location: Programs set in desirable areas, such as near the beach, will usually cost more than programs in other areas.
  • Amenities: PHPs that feature more amenities such as private rooms, spa services, and chef-prepared meals will also likely cost more than programs with fewer amenities.
  • Length of stay: Cost increases as the duration of stay continues.
  • Insurance coverage: The amount insurance covers affects how much clients pay.

If clients are wondering about the specific costs, they can reach out to Arista Recovery and we will inquire with insurance companies at no cost.

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