Mental Health and the History Behind the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

For those struggling with mental health conditions or addiction, there are a variety of levels of care created to cater to the unique needs of each patient. Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) provide a unique level of care for those in between the inpatient and outpatient levels of care.  Partial hospitalization programs were originally started in the ’60s by a small group of clinicians. Formerly known as “day hospitals,” the partial hospitalization program was formed initially to assist those needing treatments for mental health ailments and illnesses. The founders of the PHP believed that there were benefits to receiving treatment without fully removing the patient from their community or home life. Harmony agrees, which is why we have our own partial hospitalization programs in NJ. 

The program serves as a bridge between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Along with treating mental health issues, they are now being used for alcoholism treatment and drug rehabilitation due to co-occurring disorders that come with substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Treatment through Partial Hospitalization

The goal of partial hospitalization programs is for short-term treatment with the hope of lessening the addiction and moving the individual to an outpatient or intensive outpatient program afterward. There are a few things you can expect while in a PHP program.

What to expect:

  • A personalized treatment plan
  • Help from a variety of professionals in the medical field (psychiatrists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses, etc.)
  • Possible program offerings may include group therapy, individual counseling, depression and anxiety treatment, family therapy, and stress management
  • Intensive day treatment addiction recovery sessions allow you to return home at the end of each day
  • The program structure is similar to inpatient treatment but lasts between 4-6 hours per day.

Our professionals will tailor treatment through a personalized plan. Developing healthy coping skills and the ability to endure the challenges of treatments will be essential to your journey.

Outpatient Treatment Program or IOP

Alternative options for partial hospitalization include inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, or intensive outpatient treatment. Where you are on your recovery journey will determine which services and treatments are right for you. Residential treatment is helpful if you need full-time care and help with detox and medication management. Outpatient rehab is less intensive than a PHP or IOP but may be a good fit, depending on your needs.

Enrollment in a Partial Hospitalization Program in New Jersey

To enroll in a partial hospitalization program, the patient needs to meet a few criteria. The first criterion is that the patient is not struggling with a severe drug or alcohol addiction which often requires inpatient treatment to monitor withdrawal symptoms. If the patient is only mildly addicted to a substance but still finds it difficult to quit, a partial hospitalization program may be a good fit.

It is also quite helpful for the individual to have the support of their family or friends to have a safe and peaceful environment to return to at the end of treatment sessions. If you feel that the partial hospitalization program is right for you, you will be required to undergo an assessment screening to see if you are deemed fit to enter the program. During this process, you will be monitored for 24 hours by medical professionals at the treatment facility to ensure the PHP program will be a good match.

Our professionals at Harmony Outpatient Center understand the challenges and joys that come from addiction recovery. We are here to answer any questions to assist you in finding a treatment program for your recovery journey. Reach out today to learn more.