Partial Hospitalization Program
If you or a loved one are one of the more than twenty-one million people in the United States who struggle with addiction, several different treatment options are available to help you overcome a dependence on drugs or alcohol. If you have researched addiction treatment programs, you have likely noticed several different “types” of programs. These different program types or levels of care include residential options, outpatient options, and several in between.
When considering treatment and researching your options, it can quickly become challenging to determine which type of program is right for your treatment needs. While inpatient residential care is appropriate and the most beneficial for some, the level of intensity provided in the inpatient setting may not be necessary for everyone. Depending on your unique treatment needs and goals, a partial hospitalization program or PHP may provide effective addiction treatment in an environment that does not require you to “live” at the addiction treatment facility during your treatment program.
Introduction & Overview of Addiction
For many years an unfortunate series of misunderstandings and misconceptions have surrounded addiction and addiction treatment. For many decades, addiction was seen as a choice or moral failing. Many members of society, the medical community, and the mental health communities believed addicts choose to drink or use drugs. They also believed that those who “truly wanted” to quit could do so with ease. Addicts lived with the potentially life-threatening stigma of addiction. These dangerous ideas led many in need of life-saving addiction treatment to avoid seeking help due to fear. Fortunately, the medical and mental health communities have developed a better understanding of addiction and the best ways to address the disease of addiction and the mental health struggles that accompany chronic substance abuse.
Today the medical and mental health communities continue to develop a clearer understanding of the complex disease of addiction. The impacts of addiction are seen throughout the body. In addition to damaging the heart, lungs, and other vital body systems, chronic drug and alcohol use lead to physical and functional changes to the brain. In time, the way the brain “works” changes, and without substances, the brain is unable to function “normally.” In time, the need to use takes over, and your focus on getting or using a particular substance persists to the point where it eventually controls day-to-day activities. When left untreated, addictive behaviors will continue regardless of known harmful and dangerous effects.
People can struggle with many types of addictions, and each will lead to a range of unique effects on the brain and body. Although substances indeed have effects specific to the substances, all have one effect in common, and that is how they affect the reward center of the brain. When you use it for the first time, your substance of choice affects how your brain releases the chemical dopamine. Dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical in the body responsible for feelings of pleasure and happiness. Many drugs impact the amount of dopamine released into the body leading to a “high” or “rush.”
Dopamine is usually released into the body after a naturally occurring event that causes happiness. With ongoing substance use, it can become impossible to achieve the same levels of happiness without the assistance of the effects of drugs or alcohol. As use continues, the amount of drugs or alcohol needed to achieve the same high increases. This is referred to as tolerance and is often the gateway to addition.
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What Exactly Is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?
A partial hospitalization program or PHP (sometimes referred to as day programs) offers intensive treatment without requiring an overnight stay at an addiction treatment center. Most partial hospitalization programs provide addiction therapy options like those provided in an inpatient residential setting. Treatment programs at a PHP are designed based on evidence-based therapy models, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Partial hospitalization drug rehab is similar to other levels of care in that therapy occurs in a variety of settings. Throughout your program, you may participate in individual (one-to-one), group and family therapy sessions. The duration and frequency of therapy will depend on your unique treatment needs.
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What Are the Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program?
Partial hospitalization programs provide intensive treatment like what many patients would expect to find in an inpatient or residential setting while still living at home with family and loved ones while working towards sobriety. Partial hospitalization rehab programs essentially offer the best of both inpatient and outpatient levels of care. The number of treatment sessions and the duration of your PHP program will depend on various factors, including the severity of your addiction, the type of substances used, and your history with addiction treatment and relapse.
For some, a partial hospitalization program may serve as a transition or bridge option if you have recently completed a residential program but do not feel ready to transition to an unsupervised post-treatment environment. Partial hospitalization programs provide a safe and supported way to transition back to your day-to-day routine from an inpatient care setting.
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Our Partial Hospitalization Program in New Jersey
When you arrive at our partial hospitalization program, the first step is a comprehensive assessment or intake interview. During your evaluation, a member of our treatment team will talk with you about your medical and mental health history. They will also want to learn more about your history with substance use and addiction treatment. An intake assessment is an integral part of treatment planning development. The details you provide during intake are used to help members of your treatment team develop a unique treatment plan that outlines goals for you to meet during treatment and defines the best treatment models to help you attain and maintain ongoing sobriety. It also helps provide a clear understanding of any preexisting medical or mental health concerns which should be addressed as a part of your treatment program.
A PHP program is more intensive than a traditional outpatient program. Therapy sessions generally meet on weekdays during the day for several hours. Some programs also provide evening sessions to accommodate employment or childcare obligations during daytime hours. Most programs utilize a combination of individual therapy sessions integrated into a plan of several group meetings. Partial hospitalization drug rehab programs use various therapy models in both individual and group settings. The goals of addiction therapy are to help participants address and change maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns that led to addiction and ongoing substance use. During treatment, you will also learn and practice vital relapse prevention and recovery skills.
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If you or a loved one are ready to seek addiction treatment, it is important to remember that the road to recovery is not the same for everyone. The level of care and type of treatment necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety will look different for each person who chooses to overcome addiction. Addiction is a disease that cannot be cured; however, it can be treated, and recovery is possible.
To achieve and maintain lasting recovery, it is essential to participate in a comprehensive treatment program that addresses your medical and psychological health as part of your treatment plan. Both your mental and physical health are essential components to whole-person health, and addressing underlying medical or mental health concerns at our PHP program can help reduce the chances of relapse in the future.
Acknowledging a struggle with addiction and choosing to reach out for help is difficult. Our caring and compassionate treatment teams at our partial hospitalization program in Blackwood, NJ, are here to provide support and guidance as you work towards sobriety and healing. If you or a loved one are ready to overcome a drug or alcohol addiction, contact us at Epiphany Wellness today.