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PHP Programs: A Comprehensive Guide

In the world of substance abuse treatment, PHP programs, also known as Day Treatment or Partial Hospitalization Programs, have emerged as a vital resource for individuals struggling with addiction. With High Desert Counseling's structured treatment program, we offer intensive outpatient care and support services to help you overcome your substance use issues and maintain long-term recovery. We'll help you understand the intricacies of Day Treatment programs, exploring their effectiveness, benefits, and the range of therapeutic interventions they offer.

Understanding PHP Programs

High Desert Counseling's PHP program is designed to provide a higher level of care than traditional outpatient treatment while still allowing you to maintain a level of independence and support in your community. These programs are particularly suitable for individuals who require more intensive treatment than outpatient services but do not necessarily need the round-the-clock care provided by inpatient programs.

The Structure of PHP Programs

In our Day Treatment program for substance abuse, individuals attend treatment sessions during the day and return home in the evenings. This structure strikes a balance between the structure and support of inpatient programs and the flexibility of outpatient services. It allows you to engage in therapy, counseling, and other therapeutic interventions while still being able to maintain your daily responsibilities and connections to your support systems.

Is Day Treatment Right for You?

If your home environment is stable and sober, day treatment may be a good option.  In general, day treatment provides all of the essential tools and therapies that an inpatient facility provides, with the benefit of lower cost and the ability to go home each day.  High Desert Counseling accepts most insurance so your treatment may be covered fully or partially.


Day Treatment offers more flexibility in scheduling with the ability to stay home outside of treatment hours and you enjoy the support of your family and friends.

Continuum of Care

You'll step down to incrementally reduced levels of care as recovery benchmarks are met to Intensive Outpatient, then Continuing Care. 

Case Management

Case management helps navigate your care and coordinates your services throughout including med management if necessary.  All of this at lower cost than Residential.

Therapeutic Interventions in Day Treatment Programs

High Desert Counseling's PHP program offers a range of therapeutic interventions to address the unique needs of individuals struggling with substance abuse. These interventions may include:

1. Individual Counseling

Individual counseling plays a crucial role in our PHP programs as it provides a safe and confidential space to explore your emotions, experiences, and underlying causes of your substance use. Through one-on-one sessions with our qualified therapists, you can gain insights into your addictive patterns and develop strategies for overcoming addiction.

2. Group Counseling

Group counseling is another vital component of High Desert Counseling's PHP program. It provides you with the opportunity to connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Our group counseling sessions offer a supportive environment where you can share your challenges, learn from one another, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

3. Psychoeducation

High Desert Counseling's PHP program often includes psychoeducation sessions to enhance your understanding of addiction and its effects on your physical and mental well-being. These sessions provide valuable information about the nature of addiction, relapse prevention strategies, and the importance of self-care in maintaining long-term recovery.

4. Relapse Prevention Strategies

Relapse prevention strategies are a crucial aspect of PHP programs. At High Desert Counseling, you will be equipped with tools and techniques to identify triggers, manage cravings, and prevent relapse. By learning effective coping mechanisms and developing a relapse prevention plan, you can significantly increase your chances of long-term success in recovery.

5. Medication Management

In some cases, medication may be a necessary component of your PHP program for substance abuse. Medication management, under the supervision of healthcare professionals, can help you manage withdrawal symptoms, address co-occurring mental health disorders, and support overall recovery.

The Benefits of PHP Programs

High Desert Counseling's PHP program offers several benefits that contribute to their effectiveness in treating substance abuse:

1. Intensive Treatment and Support

The intensive nature of PHP programs ensures that you receive the necessary treatment and support to address your substance abuse issues. The structured environment and regular therapy sessions provide a focused approach to recovery.

2. Flexibility and Independence

Unlike inpatient programs, our PHP programs allow you to maintain independence and continue your daily responsibilities. This flexibility enables you to practice your newly acquired coping skills in real-life situations, contributing to a smoother transition into a substance-free life.

3. Community Support

High Desert Counseling's PHP programs provide you with a sense of community and support. By connecting with peers going through similar experiences, you can find encouragement, inspiration, and a network of people who understand their journey.

4. Holistic Approach

Our PHP programs adopt holistic approaches to treatment. It addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction but also the underlying psychological, emotional, and social factors. This comprehensive approach increases the likelihood of sustained recovery.

Seeking Help for Substance Abuse

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, it is crucial to reach out to a healthcare professional or a specialized treatment center. These professionals can assess the situation, provide guidance, and help determine the most appropriate level of care. Remember, seeking help is the first step towards a healthier and happier life.

Please call High Desert Counseling today to break free: 435-673-2899

In conclusion, High Desert Counseling's PHP program, better known as Day Treatment, can play a crucial role in supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from substance abuse. By offering intensive outpatient care, a range of therapeutic interventions, and a supportive environment, these programs empower individuals to overcome addiction and maintain long-term recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, don't hesitate to seek help. There is hope, and a brighter future awaits.

High Desert Clinical Team

About Us

High Desert Counseling is founded on the principle that anyone suffering from addiction can have a long lasting recovery from substance use addiction. Our clients will experience profound change through advanced, evidenced based practices provided by an experienced, hand selected professional team, in a comfortable St George environment.

What We Offer

Day Treatment (PHP)

Day treatment is partial hospitalization (PHP) for those individuals that do not clinically require 24-hour inpatient or residential care.

The course of treatment, includes 4 days a week at the facility where the individual receives counseling, group therapy, relapse prevention skills, education, and a personalized treatment plan.

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are treatment programs designed to address substance use disorders not requiring detoxification or round-the-clock supervision. This allows patients to continue with their daily lives in a way that residential treatment programs do not.  If you are someone who has a safe living environment, family or work commitments that may interfere with residential treatment, IOP may be your best solution.

Continuing Care (GOP)

For those needing access to continued recovery support at the conclusion of outpatient treatment. 

It is also an alternative for those who do not meet the clinical need for Day Treatment or IOP. With access to individual and group counseling, peer support, medication-assisted treatment, and other psychiatric services.

Outpatient FAQ

How do I access outpatient care?

Most patients are referred directly to partial hospital or intensive outpatient programs by their therapists following an assessment. You can also seek treatment for yourself or a loved one by calling our Outpatient Admissions team at 435-673-2899.

How long does day treatment last?

While each patient’s treatment plan may different, patients generally attend our partial hospital program five days per week for four hours per day, and our intensive outpatient program three days per week for three hours per day. On average, patients are in treatment for a total of six to twelve weeks. Patients can begin treatment at a partial hospital or intensive outpatient level of care, depending on their needs.

What is evidence-based treatment?

Treatments throughout our programs are evidence based. This means that findings from the latest research at major academic medical centers and government agencies are regularly reviewed and incorporated into our treatment modalities. The outcomes are closely examined to understand what therapies work best for each individual patient, how to reduce symptoms, and how to bring about lasting recovery. Evidence-based programs have been shown to increase engagement and success.

What is a typical day like in day treatment?

Typically, a partial hospital treatment day includes five group sessions, each with a different focus. Some groups are psychotherapy groups, where participants are encouraged to bring up and discuss current feelings and struggles they are having. Other groups are psychoeducational, where patients are educated about aspects of illness, wellness, and coping techniques that can be employed to help manage the symptoms of their illness.

What insurance do you accept?

High Desert Counseling is in-network with most commercial insurance programs and accepts Medicaid. You can call us at 435-673-2899 and we can confirm your coverage and verify your benefits.

How many patients are in a group?

At High Desert Counseling, our Day Treatment (PHP) groups are typically capped at six while our Intensive Outpatient (IOP) groups may have from ten to sixteen attendees.

Can I work during treatment?

Not exactly. Day Treatment may require four hours or more of treatment and therapies scheduled daily. Many are group workshops and support groups, thus the times cannot be shifted to accommodate the scheduling needs of individual participants on a regular basis. Work is, however an important part of recovery and is encouraged.  Your Day Treatment may be shortened after two weeks if you are demonstrating a strong commitment to recovery and you obtain a job or start an education.  You may be able to step down to Intensive Outpatient, requiring fewer hours and  evening or early morning sessions.   

Is Family Therapy important?

A patient’s psychiatric illness or addiction can impact the entire family. When the family has an understanding of their loved one’s issues and conflicts, they have the power to play a major role in the recovery process. High Desert Counseling has long recognized the importance of the family in the healing process, and incorporates family therapy and education into the treatment routine. Our family education program empowers families with information and education, enabling them to better cope during a difficult time. We also refer families to resources available in the community.


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