Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial Hospitalization Program in New Jersey

When substance use develops into substance abuse, seeking treatment is the first step on the road to recovery. Here at North Jersey Rehabs, we inform individuals of many different types of addiction treatment programs. From intensive inpatient programs to various types of outpatient care, the best recovery plan for each individual and their unique addiction-related needs exists.

While outpatient programs are an effective choice for recovery from addiction, they may not provide the level of care needed in certain cases. This is why we might suggest a partial hospitalization program for patients that would benefit most from a more intensive outpatient program.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a structured treatment program that requires patients to receive treatment in a facility during the day, yet allows them to return home each night. An alternative to inpatient care, patients in a PHP attend the treatment program for several hours a day, ranging from 5 to 8 hours, for 3 to 5 days a week.

PHPs are considered to be the most intensive type of outpatient program and step below inpatient in terms of treatment intensity. For this reason, partial hospitalization programs may be best for individuals with more severe addictions. Additionally, this type of program can be a great option for patients who want to recover with little disruption to their daily lives.

Types of Therapy Available in a PHP

These programs are highly effective at treating a variety of substance use disorders and mental illnesses. Patients are medically monitored throughout their time in the program. They are also provided with different therapies to facilitate skill-building, coping mechanisms, and overall recovery. The types of therapies and services available include family, group, individual, and these additional therapies:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT seeks to eliminate negative thinking patterns by focusing on the connection between thoughts, feelings, and maladaptive behaviors.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): DBT revolves around the idea that mental health issues result from emotional vulnerabilities and invalidating environments and seeks to provide patients with validation and acceptance.
  • Contingency Management (CM): CM is based on patients earning rewards to reinforce sobriety and discourage the use of addictive substances.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI): MI is a patient-centered model of counseling that focuses on figuring out what the patient hopes to achieve in recovery.
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT): REBT, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy, focuses on replacing irrational beliefs with rational thoughts to change behavior patterns.

Effective addiction treatment combines these aforementioned therapies to teach patients recovery skills they’ll need when treatment is over. Equipped with these skills, patients are expected to be able to navigate life’s difficulties without needing to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope.

How Do PHPs Differ from IOPs or Traditional Outpatient Programs?

Outpatient programs are designed to treat addictions while allowing patients to maintain a sense of normalcy due to the program’s flexibility. Depending on the severity of a patient’s addiction, there are three different types of outpatient programs that vary in intensity. The three types are PHPs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and traditional outpatient programs.

Traditional Outpatient Programs

Traditional outpatient programs are the least intensive outpatient treatment plan. This program requires the least amount of hours and is recommended for patients who are not experiencing very severe addictions or for patients who have already completed inpatient treatment.

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

In regards to intensity, IOPs are situated between traditional outpatient programs and PHPs. These are generally used as either a step down from inpatient or as a step up from traditional outpatient. Patients in an IOP attend sessions 3 to 5 days a week for a few hours to receive behavioral, psychological, and social support therapies.

Who Would Qualify for a PHP?

PHPs are usually recommended by a treatment specialist for patients suffering from moderate to severe addictions who also need close monitoring during the day. Since patients return home in the evening, they must have a support system at home to help facilitate a sober environment.

PHPs can bridge the gap between time spent in an inpatient program and starting a lower intensity outpatient treatment. Some patients also choose this type of treatment program because it is generally more affordable than inpatient, which requires a patient to be in a facility for 24 hours a day throughout the duration of the program.

Patients With a Dual Diagnosis

For patients that are seeking treatment for addiction with a co-occurring mental illness, dual diagnosis treatment is available through a PHP. When a patient has two disorders at once, it’s imperative that treatment focuses on both. This is because some addictions are the result of a patient attempting to cope with an existing mental illness. On the other hand, addiction can also cause symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Some mental illnesses that can coincide with addiction include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Treating an addiction without also treating a mental illness (and vice versa) can produce ineffective results. At North Jersey Rehabs, we cater to the specific needs of our patients by creating care plans that revolve around their dual diagnoses.

Is a PHP Right for You or Your Loved One?

Admitting that an addiction or co-occurring mental illness is disrupting your ability to function is hard. Coming to terms with needing help is often the most difficult step in recovery. Once you’ve recognized that substance use has evolved into an addiction, finding the right program is the next challenge.

If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one in order to overcome addiction, our treatment specialists at North Jersey Rehabs can create a personalized treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Recovery is one conversation away. Contact us today to see what treatment plan is right for you.