What is the Difference between Residential/PHP/IOP treatment?

What is Residential Rehab?

Any proper drug treatment program typically begins with detox, or “rehab”, as it is more commonly known. Rehabilitation that takes place inside the framework a residential setting is typically classified as Residential Rehab. In residential rehab, patients live inside a facility that is more like a home than a hospital. They stay there for the full duration of their treatment. Access in or out is strictly regulated. The treatment process typically ranges from 30, 60 to 90 days or more. (Duration of a patient’s stay might be longer or shorter depending upon a myriad of factors, including co-occurring dependency on other addictions, or any co-occurring mental health disorders).
 The duration of that stay is completely dependent on how well the Client is doing during their stay in rehabilitation. Treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders is also a factor in a patient’s length of stay.

In most cases, drug treatment begins with this critical process of detoxification (detox) before the more intensive treatment begins. Detox is the process of removing harmful toxins and addictive substances from the body such as alcohol and/or drugs. There are often serious side effects to detox, such as nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, sweats and other unpleasant conditions.

The District Recovery Community works with trained professionals to oversee this process and to help provide the greatest level of comfort during this difficult time. Following the detoxification process, drug treatment continues with group therapy, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and training and relapse prevention.

Based in Orange County, California, our drug treatment removes you from the relapse triggers that you might experience in your hometown. In fact, it is not uncommon to travel to a different state far away from home to attend residential rehab, as to completely remove and “reset” yourself. As the 12-step process dictates, “people, places and things.” You must remove yourself from everyone and everything that contributed to your addiction or you reminds you of that dark period of life.

What is Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

When it comes to drug treatment, PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program) is often referred to as “day rehab .

It’s often the second step in a drug treatment program. It allows someone seeking treatment to have something approaching the intensity of a residential recovery program, but it allows patients to return to their own home (or to a sober living home) at night. It has many of the same components of inpatient full-time residential programs, and can sometimes be just as effective for the right person. This isn’t for everybody, especially those who are struggling to get through their day.

PHP is essentially a sort of middle ground between full-time in-patient care and an outpatient program. The patient will spend several hours every day going over a treatment regimen and will continue to participate in programs that are designed to help with their detox overall recovery process.

These programs are typically very robust, and include intensive group therapy, family therapy, and maybe Yoga or meditation therapy, as we do here at The District. Intensive counseling is part of this process.

What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

IOP (intensive outpatient treatment) may be recommended for people who don’t really need a medically supervised detox (detoxification). In some cases, following a clinical and medical assessment,  your clinical evaluation may or may not include a recommendation for rehab. This form of program allows for people to participate in recovery while accommodating family and work life.

It enables patients to rebuild their personal life and repair family ties, handle legal matters, continue their education, or get vocational training while still participating in our intensive drug treatment programs. This can help patients rebuild their lives and will help set them up for an easier transition back into mainstream society. IOP can build the foundation for a long term recovery, as patients learn new coping mechanisms that will serve as the basis for their recovery and help them to avoid a relapse.

A clinical assessment will assess the viability of the IOP program and determine whether or not it is the best choice.

Choosing the right drug treatment program for you

It’s important to talk to our Admissions Director. During this conversation, we can help determine whether or not The District is the best setting for your drug treatment solution. It’s a very important decision, one not to be taken lightly. If you’re still unsure after a discussion with us, the next step is an assessment. This will help both parties determine that you’re receiving the appropriate level of care with all of your conditions factored into the equation.

Since most addicts suffer for years, it’s important to understand that recovery will last more than a few weeks. It’s not uncommon for patients to undergo a recovery process that lasts six to nine months. Studies have shown that the longer you’re in treatment, the better the chances of success. 

An assessment will provide you with the opportunity to get an unbiased opinion from a professional. It is highly advised that you should follow the recommended course of treatment. Skip any steps, take any shortcuts, and you may end up relapsing and starting over. Too often, we see people who “self-assess” and leave treatment before the recommended treatments have concluded.

There are several reasons why one shouldn’t do that, not the least of which is that private insurance only covers treatment up to a certain amount. We hear from many people that they can’t afford to pay for rehab and treatment out of their own pocket but if you do it right the first time, you can help mitigate this risk.

Stick with the recommended plan…always.

Partial Hospitalization Drug Rehab Program (PHP)

PHP is often recommended as part of a robust drug treatment plan. It works like this: during the day, you’ll undergo treatment, go through counseling and/or participate in other programs as part of your recovery. At the end of each day, you might have the opportunity return to your own home, or to your sober living facility. Most people prefer the latter, because returning to your home environment (depending on the conditions) is a bad idea.

Although this treatment is considered a bit of a middle ground between a full time residential rehab and Intensive outpatient programs, we wholeheartedly believe that it is simply too dangerous for some people to go to back to the same people, places and conditions that fueled their addiction in the first place. Too often hear that people just want to be in familiar surroundings – this is usually an excuse.

Studies have shown that people who leave their hometowns after treatment do far, far better than those who stay.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

With this option, you will attend programs and treatments while still fully involved in your own personal life. This type of program allows you to do things like continue working and maintain and repair family relationships sooner. However, you will not be as focused as the other programs and it could lead to relapse quicker. This is typically for people who have achieved some verified, assessed level of success in their treatment process and need to work in order to fund their continuing treatment. It’s not the best case scenario, but it’s better than returning to one’s hometown without completing the full roster of recommend drug treatment programs.

About The District Recovery Community

The District Recovery Community provides clients a path to sober living and strives to build a life free of chemical dependency.  Our clinical framework draws upon proven methods to help our clients not only live a sober, happy life, but to become a productive, self-sufficient member of society.

Many forms of therapy and counseling are provided. We carefully assess each individual, then develop a custom-tailored program for them. Accountability is the order of the day, and we hold each of our residents to high standards. They are carefully supervised and monitored, something that we continue as residents transfer to one of our sober living homes. A house manager is always on-site and ensures full compliance with a zero tolerance policy.

The District is committed to ensuring that every resident is assessed and provide the appropriate level of care. In cases where that level of care may be at another facility, we work hard to get the individual placed at an appropriate facility.