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Are you battling addiction, mental illness, or substance abuse? Taking control doesn’t mean that you have to leave home or be admitted to a hospital. There are two programs that can be highly beneficial when a patient lives outside of a treatment facility: partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs. 

At first, these two programs may seem very similar, but there are some key differences between them. It’s important to understand the differences between partial hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs before deciding which course of treatment is best. 

Who Should Enroll in a Partial Hospitalization Program?

PHP programs are considered step-down transition treatment once a person has gone through detox and completed rehab while staying in a treatment center. Enrollment in a PHP in Dallas, TX is also recommended for the: 

  • Anyone who is in the early stages of substance abuse treatment but isn’t able to be hospitalized for treatment or wishes to avoid hospitalization. 
  • Those with a high risk of relapse.
  • Those with severe addiction and difficulty remaining sober.
  • Patients that have overdosed or experienced extreme episodes of substance abuse. 
  • Patients that may not yet be “willing” to fully commit to sobriety.

Who Should Enroll in an Intensive Outpatient Program in Dallas

Typically, patients transition to an IOP program once they have completed a partial hospitalization program and their addiction is moderate to mild. However, some people choose to begin an IOP directly after detox or as a first step in their recovery. This is sometimes the case with professionals who need or wish to continue working during the day while receiving treatment at night and on weekends. Often an Intensive Outpatient Program is recommended for individuals who are: 

  • Highly motivated to stay sober
  • Have completely detoxed 
  • Are less likely to relapse 

Living Arrangements for PHPs and IOPs

One of the similarities between a Partial Hospitalization Program and an Intensive Outpatient Program is where the participant lives. In both cases, the participant lives at their home or a Sober Living Home. Staying at a Sober Living Home is highly recommended for those that are enrolled in a PHP. 

Length of Treatment in PHP and IOP Programs

The length of treatment in either program is going to depend on the patient’s needs in recovery. That said, PHP is considered a full-time treatment that lasts four weeks. An IOP is part-time, however, these programs typically last 8-12 weeks. 

Time Commitment for PHP and IOP Programs

A Partial Hospitalization Program is going to be more of a time commitment than an IOP program. PHPs are considered full-time treatment because enrollees participate in at least five hours of group therapy 6+ days a week along with individual therapy. The Lighthouse Recovery PHP also includes one psychiatric visit a week and outside Recovery Coaching.

An Intensive Outpatient Program is more flexible on the scheduling and is usually three days a week with a total of nine hours of group therapy. At Lighthouse Recovery we also include one individual meeting a week with a therapist and one or more meetings with a recovery coach

Types of Therapy Used in a Partial Hospitalization Program in Dallas

All patients in a Partial Hospitalization Program will participate in group therapy and individual therapy. The types of therapy used are customized to each individual and their needs. Therapies that may be used include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Life Skills Training
  • Mindfulness Training

In the early stages of detox and recovery, a person may receive medical treatment or be prescribed medications while enrolled in a Partial Hospitalization Program. In some cases, family counseling may also be included as a part of the PHP therapy. 

Types of Therapy Used in an Intensive Outpatient Program in Dallas

Many of the same types of therapy that are used in PHP are also used in IOP group therapy and individual therapy sessions. They include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Life Skills Training
  • Mindfulness Training

If you believe you can benefit from one of these programs the first step is to contact Lighthouse Recovery. One of our trained professionals can provide a free assessment to determine which type of treatment will be best on your road to recovery based on your illness, needs, history, and support system.

Find out which program is best suited for your unique needs:

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