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Partial Hospitalization

Treatment centers have been established across the country to help people deal with addiction as a disease that can be treated. With the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reporting an increase of 23% of heroin-related charges in the first three months of 2013, the need for addiction treatment centers remains constant. The most common cause of overdose-related deaths in 2012, as reported by the Florida Department of Corrections, was prescription drugs such as Xanax. Partial hospitalization programs are one of the ways in which a person can be successfully treated for an addiction to alcohol and drugs.


What are partial hospitalization programs?

Sometimes referred to as day rehab, partial hospitalization programs (PHP) is structured therapy sessions that are done face-to-face at a rehab center on a regular basis. A person would come into the center 5-7 days a week to attend their therapy sessions and treatment programs. A person is suitable for this form of treatment if they do not pose an immediate threat to others or themselves. PHP aim to treat the behavior and thinking that drives the person to abuse substances. It is different from an inpatient program in that a person is able to stay at their home and come in for therapy at times that best suite them. It is a more intensive version of treatment than outpatient programs that can require as little as 3 days attendance a week.


Who should use this kind of drug treatment program?

It can be ideal for someone who has just come out of a medical detox program or someone that has duties to attend to throughout their week such as work or school but still require intensive treatment for a mild to severe addiction. This helps to promote independent living as the person can use the skills they learned during their everyday life while still part of the program.

It is a good alternative to inpatient programs that are aimed at people with severe addictions, allowing the person to remain autonomous. It can also be an alternative to outpatient programs for a person who has been through outpatient programs and relapsed or is advised to seek more intensive treatment than what outpatient programs can offer. The patient should be able to cope with the various cravings and not need 24-hour care to be eligible for the program.


The goals of a partial hospitalization program

The main goals that this program looks to achieve are helping patients keep their abstinence from alcohol and drugs. The program can help patients to manage certain psychiatric disorders that often co-exist with an addiction. In these cases, a dual diagnosis approach is adopted to treat both of the diseases simultaneously. The program also teaches a patient how to create their own supportive environment by looking at their relationships and home environment. Emotional distress is known to be a trigger to drug and alcohol use in many situations and during the program, the person will learn how to deal with these stressors effectively, helping to avoid relapse in the long run.


What to expect from the program?

A person can expect to have therapy sessions with qualified professionals in an individual or group therapeutic setting. The patient, to address any underlying issues that has led the individual to drug and alcohol abuse, attends forms of psychiatric medical treatments. A person on medication will be monitored ensuring that the right dose of their medication is taken. An aftercare program will then be discussed with the patient nearing the end of their treatment to help them in maintaining their sobriety and abstinence from drug use.