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Why Choose a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

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Clinically Reviewed By: Karen Williams, LPC
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

What is a partial hospitalization program? When seeking addiction treatment, there are many options that can help you at multiple stages of your recovery. Some programs, like detox, are helpful for the initial phase of recovery. However, what comes next once you have completed detox and successfully combated withdrawal symptoms? Many facilities offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) option for those continuing the next steps in their recovery journey.

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What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) combine intensive inpatient services with some of the conveniences of outpatient programs. In other words, the commitment and intensity of the program are somewhere between going to a therapist’s office once a week and remaining in a facility both night and day. While PHP is technically considered an outpatient service (meaning that you are not residing in the same place you receive care), PHP usually requires a full-time commitment for a few weeks or months.

PHP has a daily schedule of recovery activities and life skills classes (some refer to PHP as a “day program”). Many PHP offer group therapy and individual therapy sessions within the schedule. Clients in PHP share classes and sessions with their peers and frequently enjoy fellowship and camaraderie.

What Do You Do In Partial Hospitalization Programs?

Depending upon the program, you might encounter varying activities and sessions. Some programs might meet for a few days each week for only a half-day, whereas others meet five days per week for seven to eight hours per day. Choosing the right PHP for you depends upon your needs in recovery and your availability to participate. 

About PHP at Cornerstone Healing Center

Cornerstone Healing Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers a main track for PHP, as well as two tailored tracks for its Partial Hospitalization Program. The Ready to Launch program is designed to help young adults overcome addiction and begin planning for their futures. Along with the usual mental health and addiction services provided during treatment, Ready to Launch specifically addresses some critical life skills needed by young adults, such as:

  • Workplace Entry Preparation:
    • This program is for young adults struggling with addiction who might feel behind others their age due to losing time from active addiction and treatment.
    • Get a jump-start on creating the career of your dreams while also learning recovery skills.
    • This program can prepare you for various aspects of a career, such as making a resume and cover letter, entering or finishing school, searching for jobs, and preparing for interviews.
  • Credit Repair:
    • Beginning life with debt and poor credit can hinder you from purchasing a car or finding housing.
    • Cornerstone’s PHP can help you learn the skills to fix and maintain your credit.
  • Relationship Building:
    • Young adults in early recovery might seek romantic partners or friendships while maintaining sobriety.
    • Due to the prevalence of social drinking and drug use in young adults, those in recovery might fear isolation due to recovery.
    • During relationship-building sessions, young adults learn how to build and maintain healthy relationships without sacrificing sobriety.
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For those already invested in their careers, Cornerstone’s Professional PHP can help you return to the profession that might have been disrupted due to active addiction. This PHP focuses on helping those who have already established themselves as successful adults with careers, families, or spouses. 

The Professional program can help you maintain your current career path if you have taken a break from work to focus on recovery. This program can also help you change careers, re-enter the workforce, and repair relationships with loved ones.

The Professional program also teaches essential life skills to maintain a happy and healthy household, manage triggers, cultivate a healthy lifestyle, and become more attentive to partners and loved ones. 

This program is designed to get you back on track with your life before active addiction and treatment. The Professional PHP will also help you return to that life in a much better place to continue pursuing your dreams without allowing addiction to get in the way.

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Do I Need a PHP?

Depending upon your needs in recovery and your current stage of treatment, a PHP might be the next step for you. While PHP will be time-intensive in the short term, you will learn crucial life skills while continuing through the next phase of your treatment. For those wanting to learn how to maintain sobriety, work on underlying disorders, and find direction for life beyond treatment, a PHP may be a worthwhile experience on your continued journey in recovery!

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) can offer an array of benefits to help you get back on track in a life disrupted by addiction and learn the skills needed to live the life of your dreams. Many PHPs offer life skills courses, peer support, therapy, and other holistic activities to help you in your next treatment phase. Some programs, like Cornerstone Healing Center in Scottsdale, AZ, offer PHP with two tracks depending upon a person’s career development during treatment. Our Ready to Launch program can help adults begin careers and families following addiction in early life. Professional PHP benefits adults who are already working on their careers or families and might need to learn skills to maintain and repair these critical areas. We can meet you where you are to find the best treatment options for your addiction recovery. Call Cornerstone Healing Center today to learn more about our PHP and other programs at (800) 643-2108.

Original Publish Date: 6/2/2021

Updated: 11/29/2022

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Author: Susana Spiegel

Author: Susana Spiegel

Susana is a recovery, mental health, and addiction education enthusiast with other 7 years of experience in addiction recovery herself. Susana holds a Bachelor of Arts from GCU. She is anti-addiction stigma and believes that accurate and factual information is essential to beginning the recovery process.

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years experience. She not only specializes in addiction, but is in recovery as well. Karen is our clinical director.

Author: Estil Wallace, Founder/CEO of Cornerstone Healing Center

Author: Estil Wallace, Founder/CEO of Cornerstone Healing Center

Estil is the CEO/Founder of Cornerstone and has worked in the addiction recovery field for 12 years. He has served 5A.org as the organization’s’ Executive Director, Board Member and President. Estil has a passion to help people get sober utilizing abstinence-based recovery.

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