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Partial Hospitalization Program

Addiction treatment programs can be confusing. What’s the difference between residential and inpatient treatment? Are day treatment and partial day treatment programs the same thing? Is detoxification built into inpatient treatment or is it totally separate? There are so many questions a person may have about addiction treatment, so we’re going to answer at least one of them by giving you a brief tutorial on partial hospitalization treatment at Malvern Institute.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

It helps to think of addiction treatment programs as existing on a spectrum; on one end is residential inpatient treatment while outpatient care exist on the other. A partial hospitalization program — which, among numerous other names, is sometimes called PHP for short — exist somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, incorporating elements of both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

To delve a little deeper, you might consider partial hospitalization as the first form of outpatient care that follows inpatient care on that recovery program spectrum. In other words, it’s a program that maintains a lot of the intensity and efficacy of inpatient care, but it takes the form of an outpatient program, meaning that patients continue to live at home or in other off-campus housing while commuting to the treatment facility for treatment on their predetermined days. In a sense, partial hospitalization treatment was designed to give individuals in recovery strong support as they take the first steps toward re-integrating themselves in their communities.

Many people have found partial hospitalization treatment to be confusing, which is understandable since there are some treatment centers (including several in Pennsylvania) that refer to certain types of inpatient programs as partial hospitalization programs; however, this is not correct. It’s important to remember that partial hospitalization is only like inpatient treatment when it comes to the intensity of the recovery curriculum. Instead of living on-site for the duration of the program, partial hospitalization treatment utilizes an outpatient format. While it may seem that partial hospitalization treatment is less preferable to inpatient care, there are actually certain circumstances when partial hospitalization is actually the most appropriate form of care.

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Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Care

As is the case with the development of substance abuse problems, every individual’s journey of recovery takes a different path. While inpatient care is surely the most intensive form of treatment, there are instances when partial hospitalization may be the most appropriate, particularly when it comes to the Malvern 90-Day Model and our continuum of care.

For certain needs, partial hospitalization treatment is the right choice for recovery. In particular, individuals who have familial or career obligations that prevent them from seeking inpatient treatment would be well-suited to partial hospitalization treatment since it offers them a comparable level of treatment while allowing them to continue living at home. In short, partial hospitalization treatment makes it slightly easier for individuals in recovery to continue fulfilling certain responsibilities while they’re in recovery. Of course, it’s important to remember that the curriculum of a partial hospitalization program is quite substantial; therefore, patients will still have to devote a significant amount of time to treatment. In some cases, this could mean having treatments and therapies five or more days per week for six or more hours per day, which would make a full-time job extremely difficult or even impossible. So while there’s slightly more flexibility with partial hospitalization, it still requires a significant commitment of time and energy.

If a patient has a stable living situation, partial hospitalization may be a great choice because it still offers many of the same benefits as inpatient care. For instance, even though overnight care isn’t available with partial hospitalization, individuals still have the daytime hours to take full advantage of the staff and recovery services that are available. In the event that a patient would need the medical support of physicians or other professionals, they would be on-site and available to address any needs the patient may have. The level of medical supervision that a partial hospitalization program can provide is outmatched only by actual inpatient care.

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Partial Hospitalization Treatment at Malvern Institute

The partial hospitalization program we offer is unique for a number of reasons. Not only is it one of the highest quality programs of its kind in either the Philadelphia area or nationwide, it’s also been designed to complement our other programs as part of our Malvern 90-Day Model.

Addiction is a disease that’s both physical and psychological. As a person develops a substance abuse problem, the substance changes the physical structure and functioning of the brain, but there’s a behavioral aspect to addiction, too. Over time, substance abuse becomes habitual and compulsive, making it even harder for a person to stop using alcohol or drugs. The Malvern Model is a graduated program that guides patients through our entire continuum of care, beginning with detoxification. Once the patient has detoxed, he or she will proceed through induction, which is our intake process during which the patient is paired with his or her primary therapist who will follow along on the entire process. Inpatient care follows induction and consists of our high-quality, evidence-based treatments and therapeutic techniques. Following inpatient care, we encourage patients to transition into partial hospitalization treatment.

Transitioning from inpatient to the partial hospitalization program gives a patient plenty of time in which to assume responsibility for his or her own sobriety. While in inpatient care, a patient stays sober because he or she is living in a drug-free environment, participates in several hours of treatment throughout each day, and is supervised around the clock. Upon returning home, a patient becomes solely responsible for remaining sober on his or her own, so a partial hospitalization program that serves as an in-between for inpatient and one’s return home makes this a slower and more gentle process. In short, it allows a patient to ease into sustained recovery.

If you would like to learn more about the partial hospitalization program at Malvern Institute, or if you have any other questions, please call us anytime at 610.MALVERN (610.625.8376).

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