A partial hospitalization program, or PHP, serves as an option for clients who need full-time day treatment for a condition but who also want to live at home, in a sober living facility, or outside of residential treatment.
These programs offer immersive treatment while allowing semi-independent living for clients who have already completed inpatient treatment or who don’t require that level of care. It’s often referred to as the step in-between residential treatment and outpatient treatment.
Continuum of care is one of the most important aspects of recovery for many patients who seek treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Living in a highly supervised, controlled residential environment and then transitioning straight into independent living with no treatment after graduation is a dangerous path for many people in early recovery. Most clients need to phase into independent living slowly, with appropriate levels of treatment at each step of the process. After residential treatment, enrolling in a partial hospitalization program allows clients to continue treatment while they become accustomed to living at home or in a sober living residence. This part of treatment forms the bridge between immersive inpatient and minimal outpatient treatment. The benefits of enrolling in a partial hospitalization program after residential treatment include:
Continued supervision and accountability to sobriety
Having a community of peers to offer support during early recovery
Continued treatment of any underlying or co-occurring disorders
A gradual transition from an institution to a normal daily routine
Clinical and social support throughout the process of navigating early recovery
Access to family counseling, group therapy, and individual therapy during the transition into a sober living residence
In the partial hospitalization phase of treatment, the main goal of care is to continue to address the underlying issues that have contributed to the client’s struggle with addiction, as well as to help them form new behavioral patterns in order to build a strong foundation in sobriety. Clinical hours during partial hospitalization include:
Group therapy- This gives clients an opportunity to work on social skills and forming healthy, supportive relationships in a facilitated environment. Clients also get opportunities to relate to one another’s experiences, process emotions and trauma, and hold one another accountable. All group therapy sessions are monitored and directed by licensed therapists experienced in guiding group dynamics.
Individual therapy- Individual sessions are more intimate, allowing clients to process events and feelings that they may feel the need to keep private. In these sessions, therapists build trust with clients and utilize techniques like dialectical behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients process difficult emotions and form healthy coping mechanisms that will assist them in functioning in their daily lives.
Twelve-step facilitation- PHP clients at Asheville Recovery Center have the opportunity to attend and participate in outside twelve step fellowship meetings, where the can seek a sponsor and work the steps as well as form a support network of friends with long-term sobriety.
Holistic therapy- Yoga and meditation therapy are available to PHP clients at Asheville to help them learn mindfulness techniques, heal spiritually, and connect with their peers and the world around them.
During participation in partial hospitalization (day treatment) at the Asheville Recovery Center, all individuals are met with a unique treatment plan that serves their needs. Clients are housed in sober living residences during treatment so that they are surrounded by healthy, positive support from peers and supervisory behavioral technicians as they heal mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from their addiction.