PHP – Partial Hospitalization Program

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a program in which the addict or alcoholic still lives at home but commutes to a treatment center up to seven days per week. The intention of a partial hospitalization program is to reduce inpatient hospitalization but still provide comprehensive treatment of addiction or co-occurring disorders to the individual.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) offer intensive treatment in a less structured environment than a residential inpatient program. The main goal of a partial hospitalization program is to facilitate the recovery from drugs and alcohol in a way that allows the client to transition back into the their community. Transitioning from active use into “normal living” can be littered with risk factors. PHP programs offer a high level of support aimed at diminishing risk factors. Partial hospitalization programs are a great option for the addict or alcoholic who needs more supervision and structure than they would receive in an intensive outpatient program but less than what a residential inpatient program provides.

Typical PHP programs can be broken down into 3 components of treatment:

  • Individual Therapy consists of private sessions with an addiction counselor to explore underlying causes and triggers of substance abuse that are particular to the individual client. Private sessions allow the client and counselor to develop treatment and aftercare plans that are specific to an individual’s circumstances.
  • Group Therapy sessions involve a counselor and group of clients in various stages of recovery.  People are encouraged to participate in discussions about experiences, feelings, goals, coping skills, or anything else related to the treatment of their addiction or alcoholism. Group sessions offer opportunities to relate to, connect with and even interpret other clients’ substance abuse issues in an effort to gain a clearer understanding of a person’s own issues.
  • Family therapy includes family members in the treatment process by conducting private sessions with clients and their loved ones. This can be extremely important because family is a critical component to the support system a client returns to after formal treatment. The family can also provide feedback while a client is in treatment to help them realize and face the consequences of substance abuse. Addressing family dynamics in a therapeutic environment is important because it is usually a complicated and volatile topic.