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Day Treatment & Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

Day Treatment Programs (Partial Hospitalization Program - PHP) are structured support networks in which clients participate while living at home or in sober or transitional living accommodations. Activities commonly take place during the day, five days per week, and are also sometimes held during evenings and weekends. Participants generally dedicate 25 or more hours per week to clinical services, and many programs are closer to 40 hours per week. PHP and day treatment programs offer intensive therapy and strong support through a team of diverse professionals. Most programs offer a thorough curriculum to provide a comprehensive approach to focus on mental, emotional, and physical health and well being to help support achieving sustainable recovery.

Once someone completes a day treatment program, they often step down to an intensive outpatient program, which has approximately 16 hours of treatment per week.

Substance Use & Dual-diagnosis Day Treatment Program

Sandstone Care provides a continuum of addiction and mental health treatment services including a Day Treatment (PHP) program for teens and young adults. Our program includes over 25 hours per week of programming with our skilled and compassionate team employing evidence-based healing modalities. We employ a strengths-based approach and specialize as a youth dual diagnosis treatment center.

At Sandstone Care, we honor each individual’s journey and we are committed to being of service to them. If we are not the most beneficial fit for you or your loved one, we are dedicated to working within our large professional network to find a program that is.

Our Day Treatment programs are located in Colorado, Virginia and Maryland.

Day Treatment Schedule

Day Treatment Programs vary greatly from organization to organization, but in general include the following:

  • Participants live at home or in sober or transitional living accommodations
  • Attend 25 or more hours of programming per week
  • Programs are generally 4-6 weeks
  • Curriculum often includes 1 on 1 therapy, group therapy and sometimes family therapy, clinical diagnosis, vocational / academic training, substance abuse counseling and alternative therapies
  • Ideal for people needing a high amount of support and structure but able to live at home and benefit from community interaction. Ideal for clients who do not need 24-7 care
Day Treatment For Teens Typical Day

Day Treatment Program

PHP and Day Treatment programs are ideal for people who have completed a Residential Rehabilitation or Inpatient program and are prepared for the next step towards more autonomy. These programs can also serve as a starting point for some in their road to recovery, or a safety net for those who know they need more support than Intensive Outpatient programs.

Recovery from addiction, substance abuse, or a co-occurring diagnosis can be a full time job; Day Treatment programs approach it as such, usually dedicating as much time and energy per week to recovery as one might spend at a nine-to-five job, with the objective of moving the individual through a continuum of care to intensive outpatient (IOP) and then outpatient (OP) as they progress along the path to sustainable recovery.

At the end of the day, participants go home, or to sober living accommodations, and are able to apply what they have learned with their friends and family. They practice recovery skills in the face of stressors that historically may have triggered use, or in circumstances where the substance they are struggling with might be available. Day Treatment and PHP programs are the highest level of structure and support available for clients living outside of an inpatient facility.

In addition to interacting with their home community, participants are generally engaged in a course of care with peers, allowing for connection and relation to others’ journeys. As with Inpatient or Residential Rehab programs, PHP and Day Treatment options are also able to focus on mental health diagnoses, when applicable.

Over the course of care, medical and mental health professionals are often able to observe and assess any underlying issues a participant has been experiencing that may have led to detrimental behavior patterns. Another common goal of PHP programs is to teach and integrate life and wellness skills to help better manage symptoms and functionality in participants’ lives. Drug tests and medication management are frequently part of the recovery strategy to support clients’ highest health potential.

Questions to Ask Providers

If you are considering a day treatment program, here are some questions to consider and to ask prospective providers:

  • Is there a safety concern for the potential participant? If there is a high risk of harm to self or others, it could be best to consider a higher level of care in the form of an Inpatient or Residential Program.
  • If you or your loved one has a job or academic commitments that is beneficial and supportive, or if you or your loved one functions well in the day to day, an Intensive Outpatient Program could be a better fit.
  • Ask to to see a weekly schedule of time and activities so you can really understand what the program does. Ask for a directory of professionals that would be in active contact in a support program.
  • Ensure that there is a psychiatrist on staff who actually interacts with clients and can be involved in medication management.
  • Ask about family participation. While many programs offer a family weekend or occasional education, not all include ongoing family therapy and support.

Effective, compassionate, professional help is available for those struggling with addiction or substance abuse. Finding the right level of care and program can lead to powerful recovery and a life full of passion, engagement, and health for you or your loved one.

Our Day Treatment Locations

Denver, Colorado

(720) 420-7444
7555 East Hampden Ave. Suite 103
Denver, CO 80231

Boulder, Colorado

(720) 773-8727
350 Interlocken Blvd #100
Broomfield, CO 80021

Washington D.C.

(301) 321-7362
11820 Parklawn Dr. #403
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Reston, Virginia

(703) 260-9359
11415 Isaac Newton Square S
Reston, Virginia 20190

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