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Detox is often a necessary step in the process of treatment and recovery from substance use disorder (SUD). Depending on the severity of one’s substance use, individuals may be vulnerable to extreme withdrawal symptoms as they quit using alcohol and other drugs. 

Detox can help individuals rid their bodies of the remnants of substances so they can begin their treatment journey on a clean slate. Following detox, individuals will need to participate in a treatment program that will best support their individualized needs. One program, known as a partial hospitalization program (PHP), is one option that offers individualized care and provides strong structure and support to help individuals achieve lasting sobriety.

The Importance of Structure After Detox

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), detoxification “is not in itself ‘treatment’, but only the first step in the process.” Patients who do not continue treatment after detox are much more likely to relapse, and at quicker rates, than those who participate in a treatment program.

It is important to understand that addiction is a disease that severely impacts the brain. Treatment programs help individuals heal from the lasting effects of substance use using a slow and steady, yet highly structured, pace. 

Many people who seek treatment for SUD also have one or more co-occurring mental health disorders. For effective healing to take place, all conditions must be treated simultaneously. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 24 states that it’s difficult to diagnose someone with a co-occurring disorder before or during detox. This is another reason why treatment is vital following medical detox. 

What Is a PHP?

In general, a PHP is a highly structured and intensive form of outpatient treatment. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), treatment from a PHP “closely resembles that of a highly structured, short-term hospital inpatient program.” However, it is important to understand that this treatment option should not be a substitute for inpatient care. Rather, PHPs can serve as a transitional option for individuals moving from inpatient to outpatient or for those seeking to shorten their length of stay from full hospitalization. PHPs are designed to treat psychiatric conditions as well as SUDs. 

A quality PHP will have a mix of clinical and non-clinical treatments. Typically, one can expect PHPs to offer structured group programming, plus individual therapy, psychiatric care, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Many PHPs are now incorporating holistic methods into their regular treatment plans to provide an even more extensive approach to care. Every individual has unique needs, and a variety of treatment options will help them discover what suits them best.

Benefits of a PHP

The highly-structured schedule of a PHP helps individuals focus on their treatment and replaces time that was once spent using substances. According to the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), a PHP supports patients who need “daily monitoring and management in a structured outpatient setting.” Even once patients return home, they can expect to have access to 24/7 care, with health professionals being just a phone call away. Additionally, PHPs help individuals to focus on positive behavior change, which can ultimately help to prevent future relapse. 

PHP at Lighthouse Recovery Texas

The PHP at Lighthouse Recovery Texas is a custom-built program that is designed with an individualized approach. Our PHP provides structured day treatment for those who need the clinical support of residential inpatient treatment and want to live at home or in a sober living facility. 

Our PHPs treat addiction, mental health disorders, and dual diagnoses using a comprehensive curriculum to suit your unique needs and goals. You will first begin with a free assessment, and from there, we will find out which form of treatment is best for you.

Group Programming

The PHP at Lighthouse consists of group programming that meets for five hours a day, six days a week. There are clinical benefits to small group counseling, which is why our groups hold no more than eight people. This small group size will allow your voice to truly be heard.

In group counseling, you can freely talk about your triggers, struggles, and your goals for the future. You will find support in others who have been through similar challenges and can hold each other accountable in an understanding environment.

Individualized Care

Individualized care is one of the most important components of treatment. No two recovery journies are the same, and each person comes into addiction treatment with their own unique set of circumstances. Expert knowledge from our staff, plus your own input, helps to design a curriculum that serves your needs best.

The PHP at Lighthouse offers individual therapy where you will spend time with a highly-trained clinician. In these sessions, you can explore your triggers and get to the root of your addiction. 

Recovery Coaching

Every client in the PHP at Lighthouse is matched with their own recovery coach. Your recovery coach can provide non-clinical support by helping you set goals, build engagement in outside recovery groups, and create even more accountability in your journey.

Recovery coaching generally runs between 90 and 180 days. This is usually the last structured aftercare program needed for most people in treatment.

Detox is often a necessary process for many people who struggle with addiction. Detox on its own, however, is not considered substance abuse treatment. In order to avoid relapse and get full treatment for substance use disorder, you will need to explore options like partial hospitalization programs. The PHP at Lighthouse Recovery Texas is designed to give you the structure you need for long-term sobriety. We offer clinical therapy in small groups that will allow your voice to truly be heard, plus individual counseling and psychiatric care if needed. Every client at Lighthouse will be matched with a recovery coach to further support their treatment and journey to recovery. Call us today at (214) 396-0259.