Are you looking for a treatment program that suits your schedule? Consider a partial-hospitalization program (PHP), or an intensive outpatient program.
Both programs offer patients flexibility and fewer restrictions while still giving them access to valuable medical and psychological support. These programs allow you to maintain your lifestyle and schedule with minimal disruption.
What is the difference between PHP and IOP treatment?
These two options for part-time rehabilitation may seem similar at first glance. Both options allow you to remain independent and free from the requirement of living at the facility. Both offer access to doctors, therapists and medication, if necessary.
Technically, there is no difference between PHP and IOP other than the time commitment (which will be discussed in more detail in the sections below). The difference in a few hours may translate into differences in support, accountability, and the potential for backtracking.
You should choose the addiction program which is most effective, not the easiest. The following factors will determine whether PHP or IOP is better for you:
- Your budget
- Your addiction severity
- No matter if you’ve been to rehab or not
What is PHP?
PHP stands for partial hospitalization. This type of addiction program is more intense than intensive outpatient (IOP) but less so than a full inpatient rehab or residential rehab. Partial hospitalization is more intensive than IOP. It requires more sessions and visits per week.
The PHP program is similar to a residential rehab program. However, unlike traditional rehab, the patient doesn’t stay at the facility for the duration of the treatment. The patient can choose the housing they want.
What are the benefits of PHP?
The body processes substances differently. Many factors determine the best treatment, including the level of addiction and other factors such as family history, psychiatric disorders, lifestyle, and more. You won’t recover faster if you rush through treatment.
It can even reduce the effectiveness of your treatment.
Anyone who just finished rehab or residential treatment but does not feel “stable” should consider partial hospitalization. Patients can still receive a lot of support and guidance from the facility but now have access to the outside world. PHP can help patients adjust better to returning to their normal routines.
A recovering addict can also be negatively affected by too much freedom. Inpatient treatment followed by outpatient care can increase the risk that an addict will relapse. PHP’s time commitment provides a structure that is important in reducing relapse.
What is the best PHP for?
PHP allows you to have better access to medical staff and can monitor your condition more closely. A partial hospitalization is a great option for:
- You have completed residential treatment, but you still have a high chance of relapsing
- You have experienced severe episodes of addiction or overdose, and you are having difficulty controlling cravings
- You may still be experiencing withdrawal symptoms and need additional detoxification services
What is IOP?
IOP is an acronym for intensive outpatient treatment. This is just one type of outpatient treatment that is available to recovering addicts. IOP offers medical and psychological assistance to patients but requires a minimal time commitment.
This allows them to resume their normal life, such as work or childcare. This program requires patients to only attend treatment sessions at a rehab facility or hospital of their choosing, including counseling, therapy, relapse-prevention skills, and other services that may be offered.
IOP is best for whom?
People who have experienced acute withdrawal symptoms and don’t require 24-hour monitoring are recommended to receive IOP treatment. The treatment is also recommended for those who do not meet the diagnostic criteria for inpatient care and have only mild or moderate addiction.
The program is a favorite among people who want to get back to their normal routine. Patients can stay at home and have more time in their day.
It is important to remain realistic regarding your medical needs, psychological needs, and how much freedom you are able to handle. You may want to “finish” rehab, but if you don’t feel you can control your addiction, it is best to enroll in higher levels of care, such as PHP.
IOP is not recommended to those who:
- Returning to a place that triggers cravings
- You could be exposed to people or situations that encourage substance abuse
- You have difficulty getting back to the facility for sessions.
What else do I need besides detox?
Detoxification, medical treatment, and therapy are the absolute minimum requirements for a true recovery. Relapse cannot be prevented by detoxification alone.
Not getting minimal treatment after detox can increase the chances of relapse. If there were more you could do to improve your chances of not relapsing to addiction, wouldn’t it be nice to know what else you could?
Group therapy or its versions (AA meetings, 12-step programs, etc.) are among the most popular treatment activities. You can better understand yourself by listening to other people’s stories and experiences.
You can also get and give advice to others who are struggling to stay sober. Group activities are also a great way to stop feeling lonely, helpless, or like you’re the only one who understands your situation. All of these feelings can make recovery more difficult.
You can also improve your physical health, which can affect the quality of your mind. Exercise, healthy eating plans, yoga, meditation – all these things can help you align your mind and body to make you feel better and want to continue to improve.
Practical Life Coaching
Finally, a final point for recovery is setting goals and working towards them. This does not only apply to addiction. Coaching and lessons on vocational skills can help you develop real-world skills to navigate daily challenges.
You’ll be able to organize your goals better, see what you need to do to reach your desired destination, and make improvements in both your professional and personal life. Personal satisfaction is generated by feeling like you’re making progress.
Hathaway Recovery Offers Personalized PHP and IOP Treatment
Understanding that treatment does not only mean going through detox is crucial. In order to fully recover from addiction, it is important that you receive both medical and psychological support. Cognitive therapy, group sessions, and counseling are essential parts of addiction treatment.
Hathaway Recovery provides a customized treatment program that incorporates evidence-based treatments such as experiential and behavioral therapy. Our holistic healing program will help you to grow as a human being and give your life a new start.
Your privacy and comfort are important to us. Our luxurious, state-of-the-art facilities will make you feel relaxed. Hathaway Recovery’s professional and compassionate staff is always ready to help you.
Our center offers private rooms, individualized attention, and treatment programs. The best specialists are on our staff. Our mission is Renewing and Rebuilding Lives.
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