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Partial Hospitalization Program

Canyon Vista Recovery Center in Mesa, Arizona, offers Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) in Phoenix, AZ

For some clients, meeting with their therapist weekly on an outpatient basis doesn’t provide enough support to help them manage their mental health. Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) in Phoenix, AZ, offer a practical, cost-saving alternative to inpatient addiction treatment. 

PHP is also called a “day program” or a “day treatment program.” Despite the name, the hospital doesn’t admit clients. Participants receive a structured level of care with a higher level of support than an intensive outpatient therapy program can offer. 

It is also a crucial “next step” for clients who have completed their substance use detoxification or inpatient treatment for mental health. Once stabilized, the staff doesn’t need to monitor clients on a 24/7 basis. They need evidence-based therapy, holistic therapies, and medication management at this point in their recovery journey. 

Partial Hospitalization Program

What PHP Treats

Partial hospitalization programs have been used successfully to treat the following disorders:

First Steps in a Partial Hospitalization Program in Phoenix, AZ

The first step before starting partial hospitalization programs in Phoenix, AZ, is for a client to undergo detoxification. Until someone is free from the influence of chemicals, they won’t be able to participate fully in an addiction treatment program. When a client has completed their medically supervised detoxification, they are ready to start addiction treatment. 

Clients undergo a detailed evaluation so the medical and clinical staff can develop a personalized treatment plan. If partial hospitalization is the right option for them, clients attend therapy sessions for several hours every day. They can return home every night to spend time with their families, attend school, or work. Participants have the advantage of receiving support from family and friends while receiving intensive addiction treatment. 

Who Benefits from Partial Hospitalization Programs?

PHP programs may be recommended for clients living with severe mental health conditions. These clients require a higher level of care than meeting their therapist weekly or biweekly. Their therapist or psychiatrist has determined that they can’t manage their client’s symptoms or the client has not improved significantly based on results from weekly outpatient sessions with a therapist or a psychiatrist.

Sometimes, a therapist may recommend a partial hospitalization program as an alternative to inpatient hospitalization. A PHP can form part of a client’s aftercare after being released from a residential treatment facility.

The program supports clients daily as they adjust to living in the community.

PHP’s foundation is structured evidence-based psychotherapy. Clients meet in small groups while participating in PHP. 

This setting is effective for helping clients gain a greater sense of self-awareness. Participating in the program gives them tips for living a healthy lifestyle, gaining self-awareness, and practicing interacting with others in a positive environment. 

The group may discuss any or all of the following during therapeutic sessions:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Coping skills and managing stress
  • Family and relationship dynamics
  • Grief and loss
  • Regulating emotions
  • Relapse prevention and triggers
  • Self-Care
  • Self-esteem and self-worth
  • Social anxiety

A PHP also includes holistic activities to encourage clients to relax and engage in mindfulness techniques such as yoga, creating art, dancing, or listening to music. In some cases, the therapist may also recommend individual or family therapy. 

Some clients attend PHP for several weeks or months. The exact time depends on how well they respond to the treatment. Once clients meet their recovery goals, they receive follow-up care to maintain their progress and continue their recovery journey. 

A partial hospitalization program allows clients to identify and devise strategies to overcome their negative thoughts and emotions. It also allows them to address negative behaviors by building coping strategies for a more positive future.

Each PHP treats a specific, severe mental health condition. Clinicians treating clients include therapists and psychiatrists. 

The type of PHP program a client attends will depend on their diagnosis. For example, a partial hospitalization program may focus on helping clients with trauma, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or borderline personality disorder. Clients enroll in a treatment program personalized to meet their needs. 

A PHP program provides clients different types of support designed to meet their needs. The program specifics may include:

  • Aftercare and relapse prevention planning
  • Art or music therapy
  • Care coordination
  • Educational classes
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Medication management
  • Nursing care
  • Skills training

The PHP provider will ensure clients have a schedule of each day’s planned activities. The client’s care team assists with designing a program that meets each participant’s needs. 

A partial hospitalization program is a voluntary treatment. Participants will probably need to commit to some basic requirements to continue receiving treatment, such as attending every session on time for several weeks.

Before starting a PHP, clients must contact the program directly to enroll. A representative will ask the client some screening questions to determine whether the program best fits their personal situation. 

Based on the client’s answers, a PHP provider will recommend the person for the program. The screening questions may include:

  • The client is entering the treatment program voluntarily.
  • They have the time and are prepared to commit to attending the program regularly.
  • The client is currently living in a stable home.
  • They need a more structured environment and support to remain safe.
  • The client doesn’t have suicidal thoughts or plans to harm themselves.

The public generally thinks of therapy as outpatient appointments with a counselor. Sessions last about 50 minutes, and the client would go once or twice weekly. A PHP includes therapy sessions each day and is a more intensive form of treatment.

Someone going to therapy sees the same counselor for each session. PHP programs provide participants with several types of treatment in one location. During daily counseling sessions, participants have the time to dig down into the root causes of their difficulties. The program includes education about the client’s mental illness or substance abuse, medication reviews, and aftercare planning. 

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