Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) are one type of addiction treatment available to people looking to enter recovery. It is the most intensive level of outpatient care available. PHPs are a great addiction treatment option for people with a life situation that makes full inpatient therapy untenable but who also have a dual diagnosis, have previously relapsed, and have a supportive network. No matter how good of a fit you are for PHP on paper, preparing for PHP is vital to making the most of this type of treatment.
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What Is PHP?
PHPs are sometimes referred to as day programs. That is because clients receive care during the day and are able to return home at night. Typically, these programs offer 25-30 hours of treatment per week spread across four to six days. The most common program length is 30 days. During PHP, clients access a range of support and treatment options, including:
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication management
- Life skills coaching
- Education and resources
As already indicated, PHPs are a type of outpatient care. While they are the most intensive variety of outpatient care, they naturally afford a level of independence and freedom that does not exist during an inpatient stay. For some people, that is key to a successful recovery. For others, less hand-holding can result in an early relapse that derails their recovery. PHP being offered as day programs make them a great fit for people who need to uphold work or family responsibilities. Full-time work may become more difficult for someone in a PHP, but it certainly does not stop them from working altogether.
One last thing to stress is the importance of a trigger-free environment for people attending a partial hospitalization program. Because PHP is designed for people to return home after each day of care, it is paramount that they go somewhere drug-free to reinforce and support what they receive during treatment. Attending PHP and then going to a home where drug use pervades is self-defeating.
Successfully Preparing For PHP
The first step in preparing for PHP is to make key people in your life aware that you are attending a PHP. Despite some flexibility, your life can’t look the same during PHPs as it did before entering treatment. Be sure to inform your family, friends, work, or school about this life transition. Certainly, you can and should retain a degree of privacy. But withholding your participation in a PHP from people who need to know could end up being a recovery setback later on.
Another aspect of getting ready for PHP builds on the first point. Go beyond informing people to solicit their support. The strength of your network will play a key role in your recovery journey. Let close family and friends know how they can support you while you receive care through a PHP. Ask for their help during recovery. A strong support network can make all the difference when addiction triggers, stress, and challenges otherwise threaten to disrupt progress.
Getting Ready For PHP at Rockland Recovery
Many people feel anxiety or nerves in advance of attending a PHP. Addiction treatment can feel daunting. You may be dealing with emotional turmoil over past mistakes or failures during treatment. Rockland Recovery is here to be your partner while you are getting ready for a PHP.
Understanding the full benefits of a partial hospitalization program can aid your transition when preparing for PHP. The first is financial. PHPs are simply less expensive than inpatient treatment while still offering a high level of care. Secondly, remember that you do not need to separate yourself from daily life and responsibilities. PHPs offer you flexibility during recovery.
Discover those benefits of PHP and more when you contact 855.732.4842 to start your recovery.