Lifehack logo

Partial Hospitalization Program


By RaviKrJhaPublished about a year ago 3 min read

Many people who need addiction treatment find it difficult to transition back into their lives after leaving a residential facility. This is where Partial Hospitalization Program comes in.

It’s an effective option for those who don’t need the level of care that an inpatient program provides. Here are some of the main benefits of PHP:.

Intensive Treatment

An intensive outpatient treatment program like PHP may help you overcome drug or alcohol misuse disorders if you do not require a full-time stay at a hospital. Running for several hours each day multiple days a week, PHP is an effective alternative to inpatient care.

In addition to psychiatric therapy, your PHP treatment plan may include psychopharmacological management, medication education and individual therapy. These services help you to stabilize your symptoms and build coping skills. You’ll work with your therapist to develop a relapse prevention plan and learn strategies for dealing with triggers and stressors in your life.

If you need a more structured program than traditional outpatient care, partial hospitalization could be the right fit for you. As a part of your recovery, you’ll make daily connections with peers in the same situation as you and receive clinical and medical oversight from experts. Attendance is strictly monitored to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your treatment, but exceptions can be made for excusable absences.

Medication Management

Partial hospitalization programs, also known as PHPs, are the highest level of care in a residential or outpatient setting. They require between 25 and 35 hours of weekly program participation. They offer psychotherapy, group sessions, and substance use education.

These intensive short-term programs offer a structure and intensity not available in weekly counseling. They help people reclaim their lives by stabilizing acute symptoms and addressing underlying mental health problems. They are designed to avert or shorten inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations.

They are often an effective transition from a psychiatric inpatient hospitalization and can serve as an entry point to long-term residential treatment. In addition to group and individual therapy, PHPs may include educational sessions and mindfulness techniques. Attendance is critical to a person’s success and to insurance coverage. However, occasional absences for excusable reasons (sickness, appointments) are permitted. People who progress through the program and meet insurance requirements can move on to a less intensive level of care.

Time at Home

For some, partial hospitalization programs provide the right level of care in between residential treatment and outpatient care. They can also be effective for those with a mental health condition and co-occurring substance use disorder who are struggling to live in their homes. These programs involve a few hours of treatment each day at the rehab facility, and participants will sleep at home or in a sober living community each night. They will attend group and individual therapy, as well as a variety of support groups and activities like music and art therapy to help them heal.

During these sessions, they’ll learn to recognize their addiction and mental health problems more clearly so they can make the necessary changes in their life. This makes it much easier for them to transition back into their family lives and work, which is often the most difficult part of recovery. The length of time in the program depends on each person’s specific needs and the progress they’re making.

Social Support

Many people with mental health issues aren’t able to attend inpatient programs because of work, school or family commitments. Partial hospitalization programs, also known as PHPs, can help these individuals manage their treatment needs without the commitment of staying in a facility overnight.

PHPs run for several hours a day, three to five days a week, and are designed as a step down from inpatient treatment or as a diversionary program for patients who need more structured care than traditional outpatient services can offer.

These psychiatric treatment programs can be found in hospitals and free-standing community mental health centers, and are available to adults, children and adolescents. Some programs are designed for specific conditions, such as anorexia and bulimia, trauma disorders or depression. The sessions are often more intensive than outpatient therapy. Each one includes daily connections with peers as well as clinical and medical oversight from professionals. The schedules are consistent so that attendees can plan their lives around the sessions.


About the Creator

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.