Partial Hospitalization Programs (“PHP”) are the most intensive non-residential form of treatment. In PHP, you will continue to live at home during treatment but still receive full-day treatment during the weekdays. Aside from living at the facility, the PHP activities and programming are very similar to residential and inpatient programs.
Let’s talk through some common questions and concerns about PHP!
What exactly does PHP entail?
Much like inpatient and residential programs, PHPs are a highly structured and supervised environment. These programs are staffed by a licensed addiction treatment team, including a combination of counselors, psychologists, social workers, and addiction-credentialed physicians.
Under their supervision, you will likely complete one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and self-help groups. Activities might also include alternative forms of therapy such as art therapy, family therapy, music therapy, exercise programs or dance therapy, and additional services like legal or career assistance.
PHPs do sometimes offer detox, but only if you are not at risk for dangerous withdrawal symptoms. If you are at risk for more dangerous withdrawal symptoms (seizures, hallucinations, DTs or “the shakes”), PHPs might first direct you to a detox-specific facility.
How do I know if PHPs are right for me?
PHP might be right for you if you need more intensive programming than an outpatient program, but you’re not at the level of requiring a residential program.
PHPs are likely a good match if:
PHPs are also potentially a good fit for those who would like to do a residential/inpatient program but have familial obligations that prevent them from temporarily living outside their home.
PHPs are also a common step-down option if you have just completed a residential or inpatient program and are looking to continue treatment.
How long does PHP last?
A typical length of PHP is around 30 days, though this varies with programs and with the needs of each individual.
The schedule of different programs can vary, but generally PHPs typically include six to eight hours of programming per day, five days per week.
How do I know if I’ve found a reputable program?
Fraudulent treatment programs do exist and prey on individuals seeking out help. It’s important to exercise caution before giving any program your money or personal information.
You can take measures to ensure that any treatment program you’re considering is reputable by checking for accreditations like Joint Commission (“JCAHO”) and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (“CARF”), visiting the facility in person, asking your primary care physician or other medical professional for their references, and/or calling “211,” the Federal Communications Commission, a hotline that will refer you to reputable local mental health services. You can chat with our treatment experts here: xxx who can help you verify this as well!
What is allowed and not allowed in these programs?
Ask your potential PHP program what their specific rules are, but you can generally expect that PHPs are a drug and alcohol free environment (with the exception of prescribed medication), and any use of these substances may result in you being removed from the program. Active engagement is required, meaning mandatory participation and turning off or silencing your cell phone during activities.
How much does PHP cost?
PHP typically costs $350-450 a day, but insurance will often cover a significant portion of this.
From an insurance standpoint, what would qualify me for PHP?
Many insurance companies will require an intake assessment from the program or do an evaluation themselves before covering some or all of your PHP stay in order to verify that it is medically necessary, meaning:
How do I get to and from PHP?
Some programs include a shuttle service. Ask about this during your initial phone call or assessment with the program!
Can I keep my job while attending PHP?
Similar to inpatient / residential, PHPs are HIPAA compliant and your privacy is extremely important. They will not share your information with anyone without your written consent.
Many employers have policies in place to protect employees who seek treatment and ensure you will still have your job when you return. The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) allows employees who have been with their employer for at least twelve months to take at least 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family or medical reasons, which can include inpatient/residential treatment.
What do I do after I’ve completed a PHP?
Continuing care is always one of the most important parts of any treatment program. After completing PHP, a robust continued care program might include one-on-one therapy, outpatient programs, and/or self-help groups. Our app is also a helpful resource to add your recovery arsenal!
Bottom Line: Partial Hospitalization Programs are a great option if you are looking for intensive treatment that still allows you to live at home, or if you are leaving a more intensive program but still looking for a high level of care.
If you need help finding a PHP or if you have other questions, you can speak to our treatment experts by texting 312-248-6218 at any time.
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