Not everyone starts in a partial hospital program. It all depends on the specifics of your addiction, history of substance abuse, mental health status, medical conditions, and other personal factors.
For some, a PHP is more intensive treatment than they need. Perhaps they have only struggled with substance abuse for a short period of time, and standard outpatient treatment will be effective. Others may need the 24-hour supervision of inpatient care due to a longstanding, severe addiction. Your assessment will determine what level of care is best for you.
Your addiction treatment should be effective as long as it follows these principles, outlined by NIDA:
- Your needs must be identified first, so treatment can match them.
- Your treatment center must recognize that addiction is treatable, but there is no cure at this time.
- Treatment must deal with other aspects of your life, not just substance abuse. The whole picture of your life — your overall health, relationships, career, stress level, cultural issues, and so forth — must be considered.
- Staying in treatment for the right amount of time is important to your success. The exact timeline will vary, but a minimum of 90 days of care is recommended for most people.