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Trying to balance addiction therapy and everyday life can be a severe challenge. It’s one of the top reasons people don’t continue therapy after inpatient addiction treatment, even though research has shown that continuing care is highly beneficial. You may be eager to return to “normal” life once you’re sober and withdrawal symptoms are no longer a concern. However, going it alone after inpatient treatment could be detrimental to long-term sobriety.  Many people have found that enrolling in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is the ideal solution. A PHP behavioral health program is a form of outpatient treatment that’s very involved yet provides flexibility. With a PHP, it’s possible to work addiction treatment into a busy schedule. 

Addiction Treatment on Your Timeline

There’s a lot of structure in a PHP behavioral health program, but the patient is part of the decision-making. One of the most important things patients get to decide is when they come in for treatment. You’ll be required to do a certain number of therapy hours or participate in a certain number of therapy sessions, but when exactly that happens is up to you. That means you can continue to work while in treatment. You can balance family time with treatment time. You can still be there for important moments in life without having to sacrifice the support of being in an addiction treatment program. At the Lighthouse Recovery Partial Hospitalization Program in Dallas, TX, patients come for therapy five days a week. But because we’re open seven days a week for 8-12 hours a day, patients have a lot of flexibility regarding when they come in for treatment. The PHP program allows patients to make treatment part of their daily schedule realistic so that they have the support they need when needed.

PHP is Addiction Treatment That’s Meant to Scale Back

The goal isn’t for a patient to stay in a Partial Hospitalization Program forever. It’s meant to be a stage of treatment that helps you progress in recovery. In most cases, PHP behavioral health programs are a transition between inpatient addiction treatment and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that isn’t as comprehensive and involved as a PHP. PHP programs are usually 30-60 days long. However, the actual length varies from person to person. During that period, the patient builds on the work done in detox or inpatient treatment. You explore your struggle with addiction in more depth and begin building a foundation for Sober Living. The primary objective is to help a patient become completely independent and able to maintain sobriety on their own. With that in mind, a PHP treatment plan is created so that less therapy and clinical assistance is needed over time. Essentially, the PHP plan is for the patient not to need the PHP. Over time it gets easier and easier to factor addiction treatment into your busy schedule because less and less of it is required.