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4 Things to Know About Partial Hospitalization Programs

Partial hospitalization programs or PHPs are intensive outpatient treatments for substance abuse disorder rehabilitation. They require everyday attendance during the work week but do not require patients to stay overnight. PHPs are an effective method on the spectrum of addiction solutions. They can include medical detoxification, counseling, and other activities that help people navigate withdrawal and address behavioral issues related to their addiction.

PHPs strive to provide comprehensive and personalized care to help individuals complete the initial steps of their rehabilitation and set them up for success in both their transition to a standard outpatient program with fewer meetings and their day-to-day life outside of treatment facilities.

#1 PHPs Let You Continue to Live at Home

Some individuals do better by continuing to live at home while going through rehabilitation. It allows them to continue to interact every day with their loved ones and enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings. It can help them be more committed to their recovery and also motivates them to attend family programs that rebuild understanding and connection with a spouse, children, or other close relatives.

Partial hospitalization programs usually run Monday through Friday, and people spend four to six hours at the facility per day. PHPs include various types of activities and meetings, including one-on-one appointments with your therapist or another doctor.

#2 PHPs Generally Last One to Two Months

Most PHP last 30 or 60 days whether you are transitioning from an inpatient program or are starting with a PHP. Each center has its specific approach and checking with the staff before joining the program allows you to get all the necessary information. The duration is like the particular components of your treatment, it depends on your unique needs.

Although a PHP can last for as long as someone needs it for their recovery, most partial hospitalization programs do not extend beyond three months. If you use insurance to pay for some or all your PHP, they may only cover this type of treatment for a certain period.

Once you complete your PHP, you may transition to an outpatient program that only requires appointments once or twice per week.

#3 PHPs Can Treat Co-Occurring Disorders

Although not all PHPs choose to treat co-occurring disorders, a significant number of them do. If this is something you are interested in pursuing or that your physician recommends, make sure to ask any PHP you are considering whether they include this type of treatment.

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, PTSD, or other mental condition that exacerbated your substance abuse disorder, a PHP that can address any underlying mental health issue in addition to detoxification can make a positive difference in your recovery.

The therapists you see during your PHP can tailor your treatment plan more effectively when they understand what co-occurring disorder they need to address. This allows you to identify your triggers and learn safe and healthy coping techniques for your various issues. Gaining that knowledge and those skills play a vital role in staying free of addiction during and after your treatment.

#4 PHPs Can Be More Affordable Than Inpatient Programs

Partial hospitalization programs are usually more affordable than inpatient or residential rehabilitation programs. Although the cost of a PHP depends on its location, amenities, and the duration of your treatment, the fact that you do not need to stay there overnight helps reduce your expenses.

Many insurance providers cover some or all PHP costs because the Affordable Care Act defines addiction treatment as an essential health benefit. Checking with both your desired treatment center and your insurance company whether your coverage includes a specific PHP is always a good idea.

Some rehabilitation centers also offer payment plans or sliding scales to make their PHP more affordable. Make sure to ask whether the facility you are interested in whether they have this type of option available.

Medicare covers PHP but not all rehabilitation centers accept Medicare and if they do, your PHP needs to meet specific requirements such as being through a hospital outpatient department or community mental health center.

Keep in mind that Medicare does not cover certain PHP components like:

  • Meals
  • Support groups
  • Transportation

Medicaid coverage for substance abuse recovery depends on individual states.

What to Expect During Your PHP at The Carter Treatment Center

Customized treatment plans are central to our rehabilitation approach, including for our PHP. We always begin with a detailed assessment of your situation to ensure that a PHP can meet your needs and goals.

Components of our PHP usually include:

The purpose of our PHP is to tailor its specific elements to your unique situation and help you work on the initial stages of recovery and equip you with healthy coping mechanisms to maintain your substance-free lifestyle after completing the program.

We usually recommend a lighter program with fewer sessions at our center, which we can also reevaluate and adjust as necessary. We also provide resources to help your loved ones understand addiction and recovery so you can move forward together.

Contact The Carter Treatment Center today at (678) 737-4430 to learn more about our partial hospitalization rehabilitation programs in Cumming and Suwanee!