If you are looking for addiction treatment options for yourself or a loved one, you may think that you are limited to residential treatment or intensive outpatient services.
There is another option that fits squarely in the middle. Partial Hospitalization is an effective choice for rehab treatment, and it offers a number of advantages to clients and their families.
Residential Addiction Treatment vs. Intensive Outpatient Program
Residential addiction treatment is the same as an inpatient program. Clients check in to the treatment center and stay on the premises for their course of treatment. This option provides an intensive level of treatment in a secure environment. Transportation is provided to and from 12-step meetings or religious services, depending on a client’s needs and personal preferences.
Some rehab treatment centers will arrange for outings in the local community. When residents participate in these types of sober activities, they are accompanied by staff from the center.
An Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) gives clients more freedom than a residential treatment program. Instead of staying at a facility, clients are able to go home at the end of each day. The schedule may also allow clients to go to school or work while participating in the treatment program.
This option is made up of group therapy and attendance at a 12-step program like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Clients who do best in this treatment model are those who are able to count on family support.
What is Partial Hospitalization?
A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is form of treatment where a patient stays in the hospital or treatment center for a specified number of hours each week. They are not required to be admitted on a full-time basis, nor do they simply come in for one appointment and go home. Instead, patients go to the facility to attend sessions for several hours each day.
Who Can Benefit from Partial Hospitalization Treatment
Since PHP is a form of treatment that is in-between a residential treatment program and an IOP, it can benefit clients in the following situations:
- Those who have completed a program at an inpatient rehab facility but do not feel they are ready to move to an outpatient program.
- People who have previously relapsed and are looking for a structured program to help them get back on track.
Advantages of Partial Hospitalization for Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Why consider PHP for someone who needs drug or alcohol addiction treatment? There are a number of advantages to this option.
- A PHP can provide a combination of medical services and outpatient addiction therapy in a single location.
Clients who are admitted to a PHP can access services from doctors, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, etc., as deemed necessary and part of their treatment plan. They also receive individual and group counseling during weekly hours spent at the hospital.
- A PHP can be used as a way for clients to move from a residential program to an IOP. Clients who want to have an additional level of support before moving to an IOP program can opt to spend some time in a PHP program first. It gives them more freedom than a residential program since patients are not required to spend the night at the hospital, but it still has a regular structure that they must follow on a daily basis.
- This type of program doesn’t require participants to completely stop their life to focus on treatment. When a client checks into a residential treatment program for substance abuse, they are putting everything on hold in order to focus their full attention on recovery. Each person who needs addiction treatment is unique, and not everyone wants or is able to step away from all of the demands of their everyday life for a month or more. PHP is still highly structured, but it allows clients to have more freedom of movement than a residential program. For those who have a high level of family and community support, it can be a good choice.
- The PHP is a rich environment for experts to conduct addiction education classes. This type of program will often include some type of classes on the subject of addiction. A doctor, psychologist, nurse, pharmacist, social worker and a chaplain can all discuss the topic of addiction; each one will have a different approach when presenting information on the topic. When clients are informed about the chronic disease they are living with, they may make better choices about whether to drink or use after leaving treatment.
Partial Hospitalization at Summit BHC
Summit BHC offers a number of treatment options for clients, including a Partial Hospitalization Program for clients who don’t require 24-hour monitoring. We focus on providing high-quality programs focusing on each client as an individual with specific needs and treatment goals.
We can start you on the road to recovery.
Differences Between Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Programs.
Partial Hospitalization. Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Definition of partial hospitalization. The National Association of Private Psychiatric Hospitals and the American Association for Partial Hospitalization.