Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) administer comprehensive behavioral health care for people battling with drugs or alcohol abuse. Often individuals also suffer from co-occurring medical or mental health problems that do not require them to live at a behavioral health care facility.

PHPs, also commonly referred to as “day programs”, provide the same type of care as a comprehensive inpatient treatment plan. One of the many benefits of this type of day program, allows the person to not stay overnight which isn’t possible for those that seek treatment; especially for some who have families or other responsibilities like work or education that would prevent them from seeking inpatient treatment. 

Typically though, partial hospitalization programs do require more time spent in facility care than the common outpatient program. Partial hospitalization programs are very effective in treating drugs and/or alcohol abuse as well as co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems. 

A person admitted into a partial hospitalization program is professionally and medically monitored during their time in treatment and engages in a vast array of different techniques and therapies. Partial hospitalization programs are designed to provide intensive care for all afflictions of addiction and other mental disorders whilst still allowing a person to enjoy their everyday lives outside of their behavioral treatment.

Behavioral Health Centers proudly offer partial hospitalization programs included within the three options for what is considered to be outpatient treatment and in lieu of a standard inpatient treatment program for drug and/or alcohol abuse and co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems. 

Drug And/Or Addiction Treatment In Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs)

At Behavioral Health Centers, our partial hospitalization programs are operated by professional and highly trained medical staff and/or certified addiction treatment counselors and behavioral therapists. Our PHP program uses a vast array of addiction treatment and behavioral health therapies. 

Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol or co-occurring medical and/or mental health problems are not fixed by a “one plan” method; all people are unique which requires different addiction or mental health treatment options to be the most effective.

Some addiction and behavioral treatment methods used in partial hospitalization programs include but are not limited to:

Behavioral Therapy 

Behavioral therapy is the basis of treatment methods for addiction or co-occurring mental health therapies. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) assists the patient in determining negative thought patterns that cause unhealthy behavior. For example drug or alcohol abuse. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT and is used to teach patients how to control their emotions. DBT also teaches them how to utilize positive coping skills in their everyday lives.

Individual Counseling Sessions 

Individualized therapy offers the patient the opportunity in “opening up” about the often deep-rooted issues that commonly surround drug or alcohol abuse. It also supports the patient in setting goals and discussing their progress with a trained professional. Therapists get to really understand them personally and the problems they face outside of treatment settings.

Group Therapy Sessions

Group therapy is designed to afford the patient the chance to connect with others who struggle with similar issues that are caused by or lead to addiction problems. Groups are typically held with one or more behavioral therapists or addiction counselors and offer the opportunity for patients to develop healthy relationships and offer insight while working towards their individual therapeutic goals.

Art Therapy Sessions 

Art therapy is used to assist patients in how to express their feelings and emotions in healthier ways. It is often easier for some patients to use art to express their feelings because often, patients will not feel comfortable “talking”. This type of therapy gives them an alternative therapeutic method for the patient to express their emotions and helps provide real insight into their behavioral therapist or addiction counselor into their unspoken issues.

Nutrition and Fitness Plans

Behavioral Health Centers provides nutritional programs and education as well as various recreational activities as part of the PHP program. When a patient feels better physically, it increases their self-esteem and there is typically an increased desire to live a happier life through health and wellness which assists with preventing continued drug or alcohol addiction or abuse. 

Support Group Therapy Sessions 

Support groups are typically in a less formal setting for patients who suffer from drug addiction or alcohol abuse. It affords the patient a safer environment for them to open up about their personal problems and issues. It gives the patients the opportunity to discuss how addiction truly affects their lives. Therapy also helps to build a real support system to utilize during and after treatment. 

Partial hospitalization programs offered at Behavioral Health Centers include dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring mental disorders. It is a known fact that most people that suffer from drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse battle problems with mental health and often are undiagnosed.

It is often expressed that substance abuse or addiction is merely a side effect of poor mental health. Dual diagnosis treatment programs are designed to work with the patient to heal both addiction and mental health problems. This helps the patient achieve long term sobriety and better mental health.

What Is The Difference Between Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, And Outpatient Programs?

The major difference between inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient treatment programs is the amount of time required at the behavioral health center. 

Inpatient Program 

Inpatient treatment programs require a patient to live in our facility while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol abuse or co-occurring behavioral disorders. This form of treatment offer around the clock behavioral health care and addiction treatment support. The day consists of multiple and varying treatment sessions that implement extensive behavioral health care.

Partial Hospital Program (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) offer comprehensive treatment for behavioral health problems. PHP’s allow the patient to live in the comfort of their own homes while receiving treatment. Typically in our partial hospitalization program, the patient will spend four to six hours each day for an average of three to five days each week. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP’s offer similar treatment as the PHP however, it does not require as much time at the treatment center as a partial hospitalization program. IOP’s have fewer hours required per week for treatment which affords the patient the opportunity to still continue to focus on their family or work responsibilities. Typically in our intensive outpatient program, the patient will spend two to four hours each day for an average of three to four days each week.

Our medical professionals at Behavioral Health Centers will assess how much time the patient will need to remain in treatment due to certain factors including the severity of abuse and/or addiction as well as other mental health concerns. 

Is A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) The Right Choice For You?

Partial hospitalization programs are best used as a transition into the patient’s normal routines at home and work typically after an inpatient program. 

Partial hospitalization programs tend to be most effective once the patient completes a typical stay in our inpatient treatment program. Our inpatient treatment program helps build the strong groundwork needed for lasting sobriety and mental health rehabilitation but commonly, it does not afford enough time for the patient to receive the full benefits of treatment needed for true healing. 

PHPs are used as an additional tool to help the patient build on what was learned while receiving inpatient treatment and allows them to progress in their recovery process.

Partial hospitalization treatment may also be chosen in an attempt to avoid an inpatient treatment if their addiction and/or mental health problems are not deemed as severe as one who may require inpatient treatment, the patient requires more flexibility in their treatment schedule or they may not be able to afford the costs associated with inpatient treatment. 

The cost of addiction and co-occurring treatment is usually a major concern and typically prevents someone from getting help. Partial hospitalization programs tend to be far less expensive than inpatient treatment programs since they do not require 24-hour care.

Some people simply can not afford inpatient treatment so partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment gives them another option. However, they need to have a favorable home environment and a strong support system. 

If their support system is lacking it is almost impossible for a person to remain at home while receiving treatment. If they are surrounded by people at home who assist with alcohol or drug abuse, this will only hinder progress. People who suffer from these types of circumstances will far more benefit from an inpatient treatment program.

Common signs that inpatient treatment may be needed include but are not limited to:

  • A previous relapse from drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Close family members that are abuse drugs and/or alcohol
  • Lacking a healthy support system 
  • A history of trauma and/or abuse
  • A history of mental health problems

Partial hospitalization programs offer very similar types of therapies as inpatient treatment programs. However, the level of monitored care is definitely reduced. This is why it is important that anyone seeking a PHP must be extremely motivated towards treatment. Some people struggle with a far more complicated addiction or mental health issue. In this instance, a partial hospitalization program is not a good fit for successful treatment. 

Does A Partial Hospitalization Program Sound Right For You?

If partial hospitalization program treatment sounds like it may be right for you and the problems you face, contact Behavioral Health Centers today for a FREE consultation. 

Our facility is nestled in the heart of Florida’s famed Treasure Coast in Martin County. Our patients’ treatment experiences are cutting-edge, evidence-based therapies, and programs that we employ in individualized treatment plans.