Addiction is a complicated complex and chronic disease, but it can be treated with sophisticated treatment options that are tailored to your needs. Each person is different and requires a unique treatment plan to address addiction effectively. Because of this, treatment is done at different levels of care through what the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) calls the continuum of care. Partial hospitalization is one part of that continuum, and it happens to fall in the middle, between more and less intensive programs.
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) allows people who are seeking addiction treatment to receive intensive addiction treatment during the day while they live at home. In PHP, you can receive treatment that includes medication management, substance abuse treatment, dual diagnosis, relapse prevention, and life skills.
A partial hospitalization program is a high level of intensive outpatient treatment that involves 20 hours or more of addiction treatment services weekly. PHP is designed to treat people with multidimensional needs including medical, psychological, and social issues. People who are going through PHP don’t need 24-hour medical or psychological care, but they may need more intensive treatment. They may need daily medical checkups or psychological evaluations, in addition to continued substance use and mental health therapies. PHP offers face-to-face therapeutic services with the time requirement of a part-time or even a full-time job. In most cases, PHP is 5 to 6 hours per day.
High-level outpatient care can help to prevent relapse and allow you to dive deep into your treatment plan. You may go through a variety of therapy options in PHP including individual, group, and family therapy. As you progress in PHP, you may attend fewer hours of treatment and spend more time in your everyday life. After detox or inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient services can help you to process new challenges to your recovery that you are being exposed to in your home life.
Not everyone who goes through the continuum of care in addiction treatment will need partial hospitalization. However, it’s an important level of care that does need that step between higher and lower levels of care. When it comes to the four major levels of care in addiction treatment, PHP is right in the middle. It’s not as intensive and time-consuming as inpatient treatment, but it’s not as relaxed as outpatient services. In many cases, the people who go through PHP have already completed higher levels of care such as detoxification or inpatient services.
When determining the level of care you might need, clinicians will use the ASAM criteria. This is a list of factors that determine the type of care a person who is seeking addiction treatment might need, and it’s been outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. The criteria cover factors like your physical and psychological health, your likelihood to go through withdrawal, your readiness to change, and your relapse potential, and your home environment.
If you have biological or psychological needs that require daily checkups and monitoring but don’t require 24-hour care, PHP can be your ideal level.
Addiction treatment involves an assortment of treatment options. Throughout your partial hospitalization program, you will work through a personalized treatment plan that will have some combination of therapies that are right for your needs. In PHP, you may be receiving treatment through medications for medical or psychological problems that can accompany substance use disorders. However, you’ll go through psychotherapies and other treatments that can address addiction and any related problems. Here are some of the most common.
Individual Therapy. One-on-one sessions with your therapist and other clinicians are one of the elements of addiction treatment that everyone will go through. When you first enter treatment, you will sit down with your therapist and create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs. Each week, you and your therapist will also reassess your plan to make sure you are making progress. You may also meet with your therapist after completing objectives to process your experience. Sitting down with a professional is essential in identifying and addressing issues that contribute to your substance use disorder.
Group Therapy. Though individual therapy is often your first experience in addiction treatment, group therapy is often a foundational part of learning to cope with cravings and addiction in the real world. Recent findings have shown that making meaningful human connections is vital to combating addition. Group therapy helps you to learn how to work with and connect with other people. It also helps you step outside of your head and problems to focus on something someone else is experiencing. Since treatment can be stressful, it can be good to shift your focus onto something else besides your own challenges. Group therapy also helps to build your support system, which is an important tool in long-term recovery.
Family Therapy. Not everyone in addiction treatment will go through family therapy, but for those who it can help, it can be a way to address serious underlying issues. Addiction is often called a family disease because of how it affects the people around you. Family therapy can start to heal resentments, it can show you how your addiction has affected others, and it can help strengthen your support system.
Behavioral Therapies. Behavioral therapy is a category of psychotherapy that’s designed to help facilitate behavioral changes through motivation, advancing your readiness to change, and preventing relapse. Behavioral therapies are one of the most common evidence-based therapies that are used in addiction treatment. In particular, cognitive behavioral therapy is used to identify potential triggers and improve your coping mechanisms to prevent relapse in long-term recovery.
Case Management. Case management doesn’t treat addiction or mental health disorders directly, but it’s a valuable part of addiction treatment. Case management refers to help you receive in managing legal issues, finding housing, job placement, and treatment referrals. Case managers advocate for you to get you the help you need throughout your addiction treatment. Essentially, case management allows you to have a single point of contact between treatment and social services. People who struggle with substance use disorders often have multiple areas of need like medical issues, psychological problems, social issues, financial instability, and legal issues. Case managers can help organize your life as you get help in all of these areas.
How Our Partial Hospitalization Program Can Help
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction or would like to learn more about treatment, help is available today. Addiction is a chronic disease, but it can be treated with personalized care and professional services. Learn more about addiction treatment and how it might be able to lead you into lasting recovery by calling an addiction treatment specialist at Desert View Recovery today.
Call at any time to start learning about treatment, PHP, and the therapy options that might be available to you. Lasting sobriety and freedom from active addiction may just be a phone call away.
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