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What is PHP Treatment and How Does it Help People Recover from Addiction?

What is PHP Treatment?

One of the key tenants of addiction treatment is that all people are different—and thus, what works in one person’s case may not work as well for someone else. That’s why addiction treatment centers, like Experience Recovery, provide a full spectrum of treatment options. When you meet with one of our addiction treatment specialists, you can find out which protocol is the best option for you and your recovery needs.


One option we offer is partial hospitalization, also known as PHP. But what is PHP, exactly? And how might it help you recover from addiction? Here’s an overview of what this treatment model looks like.


It’s often assumed that all addiction recovery is done on an inpatient basis—but that’s not necessarily true. While residential treatment is common, some individuals do better with an outpatient approach. That’s what PHP is. When you’re in PHP treatment, you’re in the addiction treatment center for a big chunk of time each day—often around six hours, five days a week. At the end of the day, however, you get to go back to your home or to a transitional living community.


You may wonder what makes PHP different from other outpatient care models, such as intensive outpatient treatment (IOP). It’s really a matter of the time commitment; IOP will usually require a smaller chunk of time and is designed for those who are just looking to stabilize and return to “regular life.”


How Does PHP Help with Recovery?


When you’re in PHP treatment, you spend some intensive hours each day in treatment. This might mean individual sessions with a therapist. It might mean group therapy. It might mean experiential treatments or the development of life skills and coping mechanisms. The ultimate goal is to provide you with the tools you need to enter your “regular” life again, recovery intact—and to stay strong against temptations or stressors that come your way.


There are a number of benefits to this approach, and one of them is that it offers some flexibility. While PHP does come with a big time commitment, it still leaves some time for things like work, school, and family responsibilities. And for those who are comforted by the thought of returning home each day, it’s an obvious choice.


Understanding the PHP Process


So what does it look like to enroll in PHP? The first step is calling an addiction treatment center, like Experience Recovery in Orange County. Following a brief evaluation, we’ll be able to recommend the appropriate course of treatment.


PHP can last for a few weeks or even a few months; it varies according to your addiction and any related mental health concerns you’re dealing with. Following PHP, you may step down into IOP or a transitional living program. Again, this is all depending on your need.


The ultimate goal is for you to be completely free from addiction—ready to live a healthy, happy life.


Learn More About PHP from Experience Recovery


If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, we urge you to seek the appropriate care—whether that’s PHP, residential treatment, or something else.


Experience Recovery is proud to offer a full complement of addiction treatment services, always customized to meet the needs of the individual. We proudly serve clients throughout Orange County, California and beyond.


To speak with a member of our admissions team, or to ask any questions you may have about the addiction treatment process, we invite you to contact Experience Recovery today.

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