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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) / Day Treatment

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What is a Day Treatment Program?

Day treatment is a partial hospitalization program for those individuals with mental, emotional, and/or addictive disorders who do not require twenty-four-hour inpatient care.

Day Treatment, also known as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), lets a client benefit from the intensive support of a residential treatment program while still spending evenings at home. For those recovering from substance use disorder, formerly known as substance abuse, day treatment can be thought of as a mid-point between full inpatient hospitalization and outpatient care.

PHP allows clients access to therapy, counseling, and aftercare support for a minimum of six hours per day, five days per week. Services are tailored to meet each client’s unique treatment goals, but may include group therapy, individual therapy, and any necessary medication management services. For those in search of a creative outlet to help process their feelings about the recovery journey, art or music therapy may also be included.

PHP is most appropriate for clients who can’t commit to a traditional inpatient addiction treatment program due to work, school, or family concerns. However, since PHP is less structured and more flexible, it’s crucial that clients have a strong network of supportive friends and family who are actively involved in their recovery process.

Fair Oaks Recovery Center‘s caring and compassionate staff bring decades of experience and training to helping clients understand addiction and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety and depression. We’re dedicated to helping you understand the nature of your disease and learn the tools necessary for a lasting recovery.

Fair Oaks Recovery Center’s Day Treatment Program provide the following services:

  • Individual counseling/ therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Creative therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Drug and addiction education
  • Solution focused groups
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Aftercare plans
  • After care group
  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Recreational activities

Day treatment is a good choice for those who do not need to medically detox.

This type of drug treatment may be the best decision for a busy parent who needs to go home at night, or for an adolescent. Some day treatment programs will provide an educational component. It is also generally less expensive than inpatient rehab because you are not paying to room and board during the time of treatment. This treatment is an ideal for those with chronic disorders, or for those who have a severe addiction and relapse history who have already spent thirty days or more in an inpatient drug treatment center. It eases the transition from a residential stay back to one’s life.

The treatment process is highly individualized.

If you are interested in a day treatment program for yourself or a loved one, they will work out a plan that is just right for your needs. The length of the program depends on the severity of the addiction (how much was used, what substances, the length of time in the addiction, etc.). When speaking with an intake person, honesty is of utmost importance. If you are addicted to heroin or alcohol, medical detox may be necessary before beginning a day treatment plan.

If the home environment is stable and clean and sober, day treatment may be a good option. In general, day treatment provides all of the essential tools and amenities that an inpatient facility provides, with the benefit of lower cost, and going home at night. Be sure to check your insurance policy, as most day treatment centers may be covered fully or partially.

If you or a loved one need help, contact our confidential helpline at (888) 989-9690.


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