Partial Hospitalization Programs, or PHP’s, have treatments that help people struggling with substance abuse along with mental illness.
Partial Hospitalization does offer medical detox, but only to people who do not face life threatening withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is rarely life life threatening; however, withdrawal from alcohol and benzodiazepines (also known as Benzos- it is anxiety medication) require 24 hour professional medical monitoring to ensure patients do not suffer from heart attack, seizures, or other severe side effects.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), for most people, the most effective behavioral health approach involves a combination of counseling and medication. Medications for mental illness and substance use disorders provide significant relief for many people. The medication will help manage symptoms so patients can use other strategies to pursue recovery.
Early treatment is best. A trained medical professional should do a full evaluation to make any diagnosis’. When it comes to mental and behavioral illnesses along with substance abuse, no single treatment works best. Treatments must address each patient’s individual needs and symptoms.
Although options will vary facilities, according to the book The Clinician’s Guide to Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Practice, a typical PHP treatment program will include the following:
PHP programs are typically considered an alternative to inpatient treatment.