What is Partial Hospitalization Like?

What is partial hospitalization like? If you are struggling with addiction, or if you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, partial hospitalization may be an option for you.

A partial hospitalization is a form of treatment that can help people with a substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder. 

In this recovery resource, we explain what partial hospitalization is like. 

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Effective Individualized Treatment

Quality Partial hospitalization programs usually consist of an individualized treatment plan. The plan for treatment programs is based on someone’s specific needs. An evaluation is held with a treatment team to ensure that the right care for your specific condition can be found.

Some people need different treatment than others, so having your exact diagnosis and treatment options defined ensures you get the care you need.

Medication Management for Mental Health

There are many times when medication can help someone with a psychological condition dramatically. The psychiatrist at the partial hospitalization program can diagnose your condition and help you find the right medication for you.

Medical professionals can monitor how the medication affects you to see if it is as effective as it can be or if new options need to be tried. Monitoring lets you know that you are treating your condition safely and at all times.

There’s also a possibility that those struggling with opioid or alcohol addiction will be placed on a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to help prevent relapse. 

Group Counseling and Psychotherapy

PHP programs include group therapy, counseling, and learning sessions. The idea is to help promote connection. Many people who battle addiction feel alone and scared. There is a commonly held false belief that they are the only ones who struggle with addiction or mental health. 

However, attending group counseling sessions in a partial hospitalization program can open up a patient’s eyes and help them develop true human connection with those who also struggle with addiction. 

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Professional Psychiatric Services

One of the biggest struggles that come with having a mental health condition that requires psychiatric care. 

On top of having an addiction, not knowing how to handle new psychological issues when they arise is nerve-racking. At a PHP partial hospitalization program, you’ll meet with a psychiatrist or mental health professional on a regular basis.

This allows you to share the struggles that you go through and get advice for the best ways for you to handle things. If you take medication, the doctor can help you make sure that the medicine is working and effective. 

Medical professionals also provide alternative options if the side effects are proving to be detrimental to you.

Learning to Manage Symptoms

Often having co-occurring mental disorders comes with symptoms that need to be properly managed in order to live a quality life. 

Partial hospitalization programs will help you develop skills that allow you to identify your symptoms.

You’ll be able to know when your symptoms are starting to arise and how to handle them effectively. It’s better to be able to prevent symptoms from worsening than to try to treat them once they are full-blown and overwhelming.

There are steps that can be taken to effectively treat just about any mental condition that you could have.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Many people with psychiatric conditions try to self-medicate in an effort to function in daily life. Unfortunately, self-medication often leads to drug addiction, which can be very difficult to overcome.

When you go to a partial hospitalization program, you can not only get help for your condition but also recover from drug addiction at the same time. 

Being properly diagnosed for any condition that you have and having professional care during your detox period can make recovery easier.

Trying to recover from addiction on your own while you have a mental condition that is left untreated can be dangerous. Many people experience hallucinations, body aches, cramping, and even nausea as they detox. 

When the body goes through so much while someone is also battling a mental condition, it can have detrimental results.

If you have been self-medicating, you need to let the staff know right away. This allows them to monitor your health and provide you with the specific care that you need. Trying to hide it from them would make the situation worse in the long run.


Is PHP Considered Outpatient?

While PHP is similar to an outpatient setting, it’s more intensive than a typical outpatient program. PHP is usually full-time treatment during the week, sometimes up to 8 hours per day, depending on the program. 

Is PHP Confidential?

Your time at PHP is confidential and protected under HIPAA law. When you go into partial hospitalization treatment, you don’t have to worry about your friends or family finding out about it unless you want them to. 

If there is someone that you would like involved in your care, you can sign a medical release permitting them. 

Even if someone calls to find out if you are at the treatment facility, the staff will not confirm that you are there. This gives you the peace of mind that you can get the care you need without fearing being judged if someone you love finds out about it.

Recovery from Drugs and Alcohol

If you are looking for partial hospitalization treatment, consider contacting us here at ABT. We want to make a positive impact in your life by helping you find a treatment center that will provide you with the care you need. 

We will talk to you about what is going on in your life to ensure that they can connect you to the right treatment center and program that will match you with the right therapeutic setting for your group meetings.

You want to be able to speak openly with people who you trust. When it comes to treatment, trusting others is easier to do when you know the people around you are struggling with the same things as you.




Our writers are experienced in everything related to addiction, mental health, rehab and recovery.

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