Levels of Care for Substance Abuse
When it comes to different levels of care for substance abuse, many people only consider inpatient and outpatient treatment programs. And while these are the two primary and most commonly chosen programs for mental health treatment and substance abuse disorder – they certainly aren’t the only ones.
In fact, the other programs that exist as a bridge between the two could even be considered a perfect blend of both that cater to a specific demographic of clients who require a specialized form of therapy. So what happens when a client needs inpatient or residential treatment but can’t commit to spending the night?
What happens when someone is strong enough to muscle through an intensive outpatient program but still requires additional hours and education? In these cases, it makes sense to consider the partial hospitalization program Orange County services at South Shores Recovery.
If you want a more comprehensive form of treatment separate from outpatient without the restraints of 30 consecutive nights of living outside of your home, partial hospitalization programs are likely a good match for you.
In this article, we’ll explain the process of the partial hospitalization program at South Shores, what it entails, and how it can help you achieve long-term recovery!
What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program?
A partial hospitalization program is a level of care used by residential treatment facilities for those seeking alternatives to the standard outpatient program or inpatient regimen. Partial hospitalization programs are the perfect option for those who want something more enriching than outpatient treatment but don’t necessarily have the means to enter a residential treatment program.
Technically partial hospitalization is a form of outpatient care – solely because clients do go home at the end of the day. The time spent at the addiction treatment facility is much longer than those in traditional outpatient or IOP programs.
The regular schedule for most PHP treatment programs is 5 days per week, for 6 hours per day. This is generally Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM, but we also offer other options.
Why Not Just Choose Inpatient Instead of Partial Hospitalization?
Some people are forced into partial hospitalization because of obligations to home and work. However, not everyone that chooses PHP treatment does so out of necessity.
When you attend a substance abuse treatment facility, attention is placed on two dynamics – healing from the addiction and reintegration into normal life. Unfortunately, the latter isn’t put to the test until after you finalize inpatient treatment, leaving a lot of room for error without the solace of your treatment team to report back to.
This is the reason why so much emphasis is placed on aftercare – these initial days/weeks back to the normal world are crucial in terms of success and long-term recovery. When you choose a partial hospitalization program, you get a one-of-a-kind opportunity to receive inpatient-level therapy while simultaneously exploring your programming work on life outside of treatment.
At some point, everybody who attends treatment, even the longest, most intensive form of inpatient therapy, must face entering the real world again, dealing with triggers and the things that potentially caused them to use in the past.
If you have real-time access and the ability to do this while you’re still undergoing an intensive form of care, it allows you to make the proper adjustments on the fly and correct issues as they actually arise instead of feeling the need to backtrack.
What Happens During a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
During partial hospitalization programs, clients receive a similar lineup of treatment options as they would in an inpatient facility. However, and this is always contingent on the personalized treatment plan, there seems to be a larger focus on group therapy during partial hospitalization programs than other forms of care for mental health and substance abuse.
The following types of treatment are offered in such forms of program for mental health disorders and substance abuse challenges:
- Various types of group therapy
- One-on-one therapy
- Family meetings
- Medication management
- Drug screens
- Additional groups/activities
- Educational and employment assistance
- Aftercare assembly
- and more
Ideal Candidates for a PHP Program
Just like with any other program, certain clients exist who are excellent candidates for a PHP program and certain clients who are better suited for alternative levels of care.
Who Should Attend a PHP Program
A PHP program might be suited for you if:
- You need intensive therapy but are confident in remaining in a normal environment
- Have completed any other level of care but feel you’re at high risk of relapse
- Having difficulties staying motivated during normal outpatient
- Are a candidate for dual diagnosis treatment
- Live in a house where there’s little support for recovery and high risk for drug use
- Not making the progress you’d like in outpatient or IOP.
Who Should Not Attend a PHP Program:
- If attending therapy four-to-five days per week for at least four hours per day isn’t possible
- If you have transportation restrictions
- If you have issues with spending the majority of your daytime hours in treatment
- If you haven’t gone through the detoxification process
What Should I Expect When Attending a PHP Program?
Every facility is different when it comes to an average day in a PHP program. However, as a general rule, you can expect the following from the average stay:
A PHP program usually begins by having a diagnostic interview with one of the licensed healthcare practitioners. A member of the team will then carry out a physical, which is usually a standard practice.
During this phase, you’ll almost always have to submit to a UA. The team will then use the collected information to create an individual treatment plan based on your condition, and the input received from you and anyone involved with your treatment team (family, spouse, etc.)
The plan outlines your objectives and relapse prevention goals. The meetings are usually conducted in groups and are usually held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm every day. In addition to regular group sessions, the program also has one-on-one sessions with a physician or therapist. The specific form of a talk or behavioral therapy you engage with your primary therapist or counselor also depends heavily on your personalized treatment plan.
Specific Types of Treatment Offered
A partial hospitalization program is a type of treatment that focuses on the individual and group aspects of a person’s recovery. It helps people develop a plan for their treatment and develop skills to prevent relapse. It also helps people improve their social and educational backgrounds.
Different types of therapy are used in partial hospitalization programs. These sessions are designed to help individuals develop a plan for their treatment, change their behavior and maladaptive thoughts, and build skills to prevent relapse. They also improve their social and educational backgrounds, among other things.
One of the most common types of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps individuals identify their own negative thinking patterns and prevent them from affecting their behavior. This type of therapy also teaches participants how to recognize the triggers that lead them to substance abuse.
Early in the recovery process, motivational interviewing or motivational enhancement is often used by counselors to help patients overcome their fears and get clean.
PHPs utilize 12-step facilitation therapy to introduce clients to programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and these meetings encourage long-term recovery efforts. The routine of attending these sessions in therapy is easily carried over outside of the treatment center after successful completion.
How Much Are PHP Treatment Services?
Costs vary depending on several specifics about the program. First, the location of where the alcohol and drug rehab is located will always play a role. Second, the amenities offered to clients during their time at the treatment facility are also a significant factor.
Finally, the amount of time you spend participating in active treatment is the most important dynamic. Any out-of-pocket expenses would be determined by your insurance company.
Attend Our Orange County PHP Program for Long-Term Recovery
If you’re thinking about attending treatment but are on the fence regarding inpatient, give our Orange County PHP program a shot at South Shores Recovery. Our clients are achieving a significant amount of success while in treatment, and we offer lower levels of care for those who would like to continue onward.
For more information on all of our programs, contact a member of our Admissions team today!