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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

What Is PHP or Partial Hospitalization Program for Drug and Alcohol Abuse?

A Better Today offers a world class partial hospitalization program, or PHP. This level of care is less intensive than detox or stabilization, however still provides rigorous structure and supportive care. Those initial stages focused on eliminating the drugs and alcohol from the individual’s body, but the disease of addiction is not purely physical.

A significant portion of the disease is centered in the thoughts and behaviors of the individual. For instance, many people learn to cope with stress or negative emotions by ingesting some sort of substance. Maybe his or her parents would drink wine with dinner to relax and have two glasses when the day was particularly rough. The person incorporates these actions, and over time the behavior evolves and becomes more threatening and uncontrollable.

In order to stop using and stay abstinent for years to come, this person must relearn how to handle stress and emotions. Our PHP program is expertly designed to promote a successful mental and emotional change. Various techniques are utilized to help each individual client discover a better, healthier way of living. Our goal is to heal the whole person through supportive and caring means to ensure that each client has only the best possible experience.

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ABT’s progressive transition method is client focused.

The Benefits of Progressive Transition in Drug & Alcohol Rehab

Once our clients have fully stabilized in the initial stages of care, they are ready to begin PHP. It can be unsettling to move from stabilization to PHP, especially if this is your first experience with recovery. Most likely you will have become comfortable where you are and have made close friendships with others in stabilization. Though these relationships are valuable, what awaits you at PHP will help you take your life and recovery to much greater heights.

Remember how long you were using and how far back some of your current hurdles began. Time is one of the more important factors to consider when you start on your path to a healthy life. Although each day may bring one or more instances where you wish you could progress through treatment faster, be patient and kind to yourself and allow the healing at the pace it requires.

Recovery is a long series of steps, each one leading you higher and bringing a more beautiful view. If you try to rush ahead, you may risk falling from the path. Recovery takes time, but in the span of a few short months the amount of progress you will make in PHP will prove astounding.

ABT’s Therapeutic Method # 1 : Individual Therapy

Our highly-trained therapists utilize a wide range of therapeutic methods to provide each person with the treatment he or she needs to recover. Everyone’s life experiences are different; therefore, everyone needs a different combination of therapies.

Individual therapy is a critical component of treatment that allows the individual to work through issues that require privacy and a more in-depth analysis. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, is a hallmark of addiction medicine. The unhealthy and self-defeating thought cycles that existed while using must be challenged and CBT does just that. A therapist will work one on one with the client to rewrite the internal dialogues and replace the reactionary thoughts with healthy and productive patterns of thought.

For example, every time a person is exposed to a particular trigger, his or her reaction is to think “drugs would make this situation better.” CBT works to intervene when such a thought arises and teaches the individual to challenge it with other thoughts that result in healthier behaviors. Over time, the old way of thinking is eliminated and a new, healthier person emerges.

Other individual therapeutic techniques are also utilized. Different techniques focus on different needs. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or DBT, is another successful therapeutic technique employed by our expert therapists. Still other treatments target trauma and help the individual to overcome specific past experiences that should be addressed in order for the person to live a happy and fulfilling life.

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Having a strong support system within the sober community provides the support needed, when needed, to overcome cravings and triggers. ABT can help you establish those connects during treatment to ensure confidence upon graduating your program.

ABT’s Therapeutic Method #2: Group Therapy

Group therapy is another integral part of addiction treatment. The collaborative effort between clients provide priceless feedback and the variety perspectives elevates each person’s progress. Group therapy allows individuals to benefit from the collective experiences of group members.

Some people arrive at treatment weary of others, especially if the other person does not share the same background. It is common for people to more readily take advice from fellow clients who are in the same position as themselves over professionals. In cases such as this, the individual may get more from group therapy than individual therapy sessions. Group members encourage each other toward healthy behavior and help each other see situations more clearly.

For instance, a person may have a boyfriend or girlfriend who still uses. While our expert therapists suggest it may be beneficial to cut ties in order to stay sober, the individual may dismiss such comments. However, the individual is far more likely to listen and register that the relationship is toxic when the suggestion is coming from a group of peers who have had similar experiences and may have suffered greatly as a consequence of such a significant other.

Group therapy provides a platform through which each group member can help change others’ lives for the better, while simultaneously his or her own life is elevated. The treatment benefits that fellow clients provide each other is one of the most commonly used and successful tools used in recovery programs.

Why is Getting Involved with Sober Community Encourage Long Term Recovery?

Community support is critical for you to find your way in recovery. Many of the old behaviors and thought patterns can perpetuate a person’s addiction. The people in treatment with you play a significant role in determining what you replace old behaviors and thoughts with. Learning new ways of living is difficult, however with the mutual help and support of fellow clients, you and they will make great progress.

PHP works like a catalyst that forms stronger friendships than many individuals have known before. Your fellow program participants will help you through the toughest of days and, likewise, you will have the opportunity to help them. Together, you will find your way out of darkness and into a brighter, happier, healthier future.

Staff members often have experience with recovery themselves. Many of our staff members have years of sobriety and understand what it feels like to be in early recovery. With an empathetic view of the situation, they are able to soothe clients who are struggling and they are present to provide guidance day or night. Knowing that others have been through the same circumstances and risen well above what even they thought possible can be especially encouraging for those new to the ideas presented in an addiction recovery program.

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Importance of a Well-Balanced Diet in Rehab

Struggling with a substance abuse addiction puts a lot of stress on the body. For many people caught up in active addiction, their depth of abuse has robbed them of the desire to eat and interferes with brain development and hormone regulation. Years of substance abuse corrupts the brain’s pleasure receptors and causing an unhealth diet and nutrition deficiencies. People who abuse opiated-based prescriptions tend to skip meals to maintain a high and are often nauseated after using negatively impacting appetite.

Some treatment centers push their clients through treatment programs with their focus on treating the addiction. This narrow approach to drug and alcohol treatment fails to see the bigger picture when it comes to long-term treatment. Long-term treatment is about improving the client’s quality of life, rekindling their passion to set life goals, and giving them the tools and knowledge to live a life in recovery filled with direction and meaning. Trust in A Better Today to provide the type of care you need and deserve.

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