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Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a type of Outpatient Treatment Program that caters to individuals with substance use disorder, mental health disorder, or co-occurring disorder who are in search for an environment that provides structure, accountability, and community. Individuals in this program receive individualized treatment services and addressing their psychiatric needs, all while staying in the comfort of their own homes or supportive housing. PHP is used by individuals that require intense treatment but have their own supported living environment thereby they do not require 24/7 Residential Care.

Criteria for partial hospitalization treatment

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Medication-assisted treatment and psychotherapy

Partial hospitalization for substance use requires a multidisciplinary treatment team that includes physicians, therapists, dietitians, counselors, and ancillary staff who can provide medication management, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling, relapse prevention, and positive coping skills. 

Medication can be given to help with cravings and prevent relapse as a way to foster long-term sobriety. 

Medication-assisted therapy is most often used for opioid addiction, alcohol addiction, and benzodiazepine addiction, as cravings for these substances can be the strongest. Methadone, clonidine, Suboxone, and benzodiazepines are the most common medications that are given in treatment. 

This can give the individual more time to develop tools to avoid behaviors and situations that might trigger a relapse. 

In the meantime, each client is undergoing psychotherapy approaches to gain knowledge about their addiction and the underlying triggers and how they can use positive coping skills and behaviors to overcome a negative thought process centered on cravings and using. 

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Co-occurring disorders

Partial hospitalization treatment centers evaluate individuals with co-occurring disorders upon admission to treat each client for an underlying mental health disorder present. Untreated mental health disorders can result in multiple relapses in the future and can be detrimental to the client’s recovery.

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Individual therapy

Individual therapy consists of one-on-one interactions between individuals in treatment and therapists or counselors. Therapists and counselors provide opportunities for clients to process successes and setbacks in their recovery, address issues or concerns that they may be hesitant or unwilling to bring up in a group setting and receive focused feedback from an experienced professional.

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Group therapy

At many partial hospitalization programs, group therapy is at the core center of treatment. Group therapy sessions are held daily in partial hospitalization programs. They are led by counselors and therapists who allow clients to share their personal experiences and insights and give and receive support from other clients who share similar challenges. Group therapy sessions also provide safe and structured environments where individuals can practice productive interpersonal communication and work on interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills, and social skills that may be essential to their continued recovery.

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Family sessions

The impact of substance use disorders and addiction is rarely limited to the afflicted individual. Family members and close friends are often affected by their loved ones’ struggles and can often play important roles in their recovery. Family therapy has been shown to heal wounds and borders that have been created among family members secondary to substance use. Therapists can teach family members about the importance of positive coping skills and interpersonal communication skills so each member can learn to provide adequate support to their loved ones in therapy.


After the client has completed a partial hospitalization program, their recovery journey is just beginning. The treatment team may recommend that the client enroll in an intensive outpatient or an outpatient program or recommend community support combined with once-a-week outpatient therapy. Finding a program that offers comprehensive aftercare services is as crucial as choosing a facility that provides integrated care. The client should have access to counselors, support groups, and other recovery resources after they have completed treatment to evolve in recovery. Many treatment programs offer community resources, online support groups, and an alumni program where the client can become connected within the recovery community.


The AKUA Mind Body Solution

Akua Mind Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with substance use and mental health disorders. We offer both residential programs as well as outpatient treatment. AKUA works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that the treatment plan is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder.

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