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Partial Hospitalization


Partial hospitalization programs, also known as PHPs, provide professional medical supervision and care when a person enters into addiction treatment. People in PHP in New York have psychiatric evaluations and medical assessments, which are made for prescription medication treatment and any other appropriate care needed. The same counseling and therapies for addiction are administered. Partial hospitalization differs in each individual rehab program, but typically involves day treatment.


Differences in PHPs

In most treatment programs partial hospitalization is a day program, where patients attend counseling and therapy, then return home each evening. Other PHPs require the person to stay overnight, but this is not common. Typically, a partial hospitalization program in New York is between the intensive immersion of a residential treatment facility and an outpatient program where a person may spend only a few hours a day in treatment. PHP have the clients commonly attend for a full day and at a minimum of 4-6 hours.

Admittance to PHP is indicated by a need for hospital medical care and supervision, so the client doesn’t take illicit substances and gets the medical and psychiatric care they require. Once the person is stabilized, a shift into residential treatment typically occurs. Conversely, a person can use PHP as a transitional tool from residential treatment into everyday living.


Assessment for Recovery Environments

Treatment in New York for substance use disorders has many levels of care in different settings. The guidelines for determining the appropriate level and length of treatment for addicts is based on the following factors:

  • Level of intoxication
  • Potential for withdrawal
  • Preexisting medical conditions
  • Co-occurring mental health conditions
  • Level of motivation to change
  • Risk of relapse or continued drug use

The recovery environment should be tailored to the needs of the addict based on the assessment of these factors. People who have a support system and a residence to return to after participating in PHP are good candidates for this type of recovery environment. People who do not have a home or a support system will be recommended to directly enter residential treatment.

At times, PHP may be used as a transition from residential treatment to an outpatient program. If a person does not have a residence after treatment, a sober living environment may be the best option. Sober living may also benefit those who do have a home to return to, but require transitional services in order to better assimilate back into productive society.


The Goals of Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs focus on helping substance abusers maintain abstinence by providing a daily structured environment. Drug testing may be conducted to ensure a person is remaining sober. By administering psychiatric services and prescribed medications, PHP helps addicts manage their psychiatric disorders when mental illness and addiction exist together. It’s important for treatment to address all disorders, if not, relapse is likely to occur.

A supportive environment is fostered while attending PHP, which helps people stay in recovery for the long-term. PHP also suits people who are having issues dealing with stress and anxiety, and offers a protective environment as people learn to deal with these factors and manage their psychiatric and substance abuse symptoms. Skill building and education given help people effectively deal with daily life.


Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies are conducted in PHP environments, such as art and music therapy, biofeedback, equine therapy and recreational activities. Alternative treatment offers substance abusers additional therapies to enhance the probabilities of successful recovery and sustaining sobriety. Since each person is unique, and responds to treatment uniquely, offering alternative treatment opens up the variety of services available.


Finding the Best Level of Care

Consulting with addiction specialists and counselors will help a person decide what level of care is best. An assessment will be done to examine any co-existing disorders, the nature and level of the addiction, and the support system the person currently has and will need in the future.