Every year, millions of men, women, and children in the U.S. struggle with addiction, substance use disorders, and the effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain, permeating every aspect of an individual and their lives until they are barely recognizable. Substance use disorders (SUDs) and alcohol use disorders (AUDs) come in various shapes and sizes. Two conditions will not mirror each other exactly.

Drug and alcohol use disorders have several varying side effects and conditions, each of which may manifest in individuals differently. Addictions also vary in severity, typically ranging from mild, moderate, to severe. Drug and alcohol use disorders generally occur separately. They may also develop simultaneously, sometimes manifesting or exaggerating mental health disorders in clients. Drug, alcohol, and mental conditions that occur together are a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorders. Addiction is painful, but it is also treatable.

Drug and Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment

Addictions are complex conditions that require qualified professional help to overcome. Luckily, there are thousands of drug and alcohol rehab centers that exist across the country. Not all drug and alcohol rehab facilities are the same. Some facilities may focus on helping only specific genders heal, maybe luxury environments, others may be short-term only, others may offer long-than-average-treatment terms, etc. Even though each addiction treatment facility is different, they often share several distinct similarities. One of the most commonly shared characteristics is that each rehab center may add extra therapy and counseling treatments to their program plans-but on average, offer the same types of traditional treatment outlets. Some of the most common treatment outlets include:

  • Medical detox programs
  • Medication-assisted treatment programs (MATs)
  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs)
  • Inpatient rehab programs (Residential rehab)
  • Behavioral therapy programs (Cognitive therapy, etc.)
  • Intensive outpatient rehab programs (IOPs)
  • Outpatient rehab programs
  • Aftercare services
  • Support/peer group services

If you or your loved one is looking to enroll in a drug and alcohol rehab program, you can expect to engage in most-if, not all-of these program types in your treatment plan. Addiction treatment follows a distinct process, working from detox to inpatient therapy, then outpatient programs, and eventually sober living and aftercare. Here at St. John’s Recovery Place (SJRP), we offer our clients the opportunity to engage in integrative treatment programs, with a holistic, well-rounded approach at the core of all we do. SJRP offers traditional addiction treatment services including, medical detox, inpatient plans, outpatient programs, aftercare, and partial hospitalization programs. SJRP addiction recovery programs also offer alternative and complementary treatment options.

What is Partial Hospitalization?

There are distinct types of addiction rehab programs. All these programs typically work to create the most integrated approach to treatment possible. Addiction affects both the mind and body. Therefore treating substance use disorders must also focus on physical and mental healing simultaneously. Traditionally drug and alcohol treatment programs begin with medical detox services and end in aftercare. Many drug and alcohol rehab clients continue attending support groups even after their treatment program ends. Many individuals do this to receive extra support weekly, helping them stay true to their recovery goals.

Not every client’s recovery program will look the same. Each treatment plan works to fit the person it is helping treat. Recovery is a journey, and every person’s path may look different. Some clients may be able to move from detox to inpatient rehab to outpatient programs seamlessly. Other clients may need the added assistance of a partial hospitalization program (PHP) to move from one step to the next. So, what exactly is a partial hospitalization program?

A PHP, or partial hospitalization programs, is one method utilized in the treatment of drug and alcohol use disorders and addictions. Although partial hospitalization programs are not frequently used for every treatment plan, the program can be utilized to assist clients with transitioning from one treatment program to the next. Typically, partial hospitalization programs are utilized to help ease the transition from inpatient rehab to an outpatient plan for service. Inpatient rehab programs traditionally require clients to live and interact on the rehab facility’s campus grounds 24/7 for the first 30 to 90 days of their treatment. Clients are not typically allowed to leave the grounds at this time and must adhere to a planned schedule to help them regain structure and control over their thinking and lives. Outpatient programs include all the same types of therapies and treatments that inpatient plans do, but they are typically less strictly structured, allowing clients to live off facility grounds and commute to therapy, counseling, or group services.

How Does a PHP Work?

Sometimes, clients have a tough time transitioning from such a highly structured environment to a less sketched living situation. They often do not know what to do with this added degree of freedom, and some may feel nervous, scared, or intimate by the extra time alone with their thoughts. At this transition, a PHP program comes into play. PHP programs typically last anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks and are situated in the transition period of inpatient to outpatient programs. Partial hospitalization requires clients to live within a hospital setting while they continue to receive their rehab treatments, and slowly works with the clients to extend their time alone, or their ability to come and go from different areas of the hospital within specific time frames. Not every partial hospitalization program is the same. Some may be completed on the client’s initial rehab facility grounds but may add extra free time and opportunities for individuals to engage.

Partial hospitalization programs help clients learn to spend time alone again, without resorting to their old patterns of substance abuse. These types of programs allow clients to exercise their newfound coping mechanisms and skills they have learned through their treatment program so far, to live a safe, sober, healthy, and happy life. At St. John’s Recovery Place, the PHP program follows a holistic model of treatment aimed to help clients ages 18 and older. We offer services 5 to 7 days out of the week treatment typically includes:

  • Individual therapy and counseling
  • Group therapy and counseling
  • Family therapy and counseling
  • Nutrition therapy and counseling
  • Psychoeducation
  • Experiential therapy
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Anger management counseling
  • Emotional regulation therapy

And so much more. If you or a loved one struggles with a substance use disorder, do not wait for another second to start your journey towards recovery. You no longer must adhere to what your addiction is telling you to do. You can beat it! We will be here cheering you on every step of the way.