Is Partial Hospitalization Right for Me?
19 July, 2018
For some individuals, partial hospitalization can be an extremely useful part of a rehabilitation program. Before embarking on a journey of partial hospitalization, it’s important to recognize that there are certain requirements that are likely to make your period of treatment more successful – we’re going to look at some of the requirements for a PHP candidate here, and explain the steps that you’ll need to take prior to taking part in a partial hospitalization program.
- Have you already completed detoxification?
PHP is usually only indicated for people who have already completed detoxification. It is most likely that you will have done this as an inpatient in a medically supervised environment, and possibly as an inpatient at one of the Addiction Rehab Centers inpatient facilities. Regardless of where treatment has taken place, it is very important that any period of detoxification is carefully supervised by medical professionals – attempting to detox on your own is potentially risky and there are many side effects that people attempting detoxification in isolation could experience, some of which may be life-threatening. If you’re considering detox, it’s very important that you contact a medical health professional as soon as possible as it is critical that your previous physical and mental health history is taken into consideration, along with the type of drugs that you have been using, the number of drugs, and the period of time for which you have been addicted. It is also important that your initial detox is closely supervised by qualified personnel due to the risk of side effects.
- Are you able to fully participate?
During your initial detox phase at the treatment center, your clinical support worker is likely to have identified any co-existing issues that you may have which are contributing to your addiction. During detoxification as an inpatient, it is likely that you have received a variety of therapies which should have allowed you to identify any triggers or situations that contribute to your abuse of drugs or alcohol. If you have coexisting mental health issues, these issues will also have been addressed at the same time and hopefully you are at the point where you will be able to fully participate in your ongoing treatment, and begin to facilitate your own recovery. It is highly likely that your transition to a partial hospitalization program has already been discussed with your clinical professional, and recorded in your discharge planning notes.
- Do you have a strong support system, either at home or in the community?
The environment in which you continue your recovery is critical to its success. It is very important that the people who are around you are supportive of your journey, and that they do not hamper or impede your efforts to become clean and sober. If returning to your home environment would mean that you return to patterns of self-destructive behavior, or that you return to family members, spouse or partner who has co-dependency issues (or are still using drugs), it is likely to make recovery far more difficult. For this reason, PHP programs within the treatment center are most suitable for people who are already within a supportive and caring home environment, or have community support that will allow them to address and overcome any issues that they have with substance abuse. If during therapy sessions it is identified that some of the triggers for abuse are based within the home environment, then this may not be a suitable treatment program until those issues are addressed or removed
What Does PHP Involve?
Prior to beginning the program, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and plan, followed up by 24-hour supervision from our nursing team at our treatment centers. You will have a meeting with a psychiatric provider, who will assist you in managing any medication requirements.
There is likely to be a community group and constant, ongoing review of your progress, treatment and goals. You will be given the opportunity to address any concerns, challenges or hurdles that you believe that you face, and to identify suitable methods of developing strategies to cope with them. You may also be offered physical therapy, including yoga, fitness classes and other types of exercise. We will develop a comprehensive nutritional plan, and give you advice on healthy eating to support your recovery.
Therapy will form an important part of the recovery process, and you can expect to receive this in both an individual and group setting. Topics might include trauma survival, grief and loss, rebuilding your self-esteem and sexuality counselling.