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Inpatient Treatment, IOP, and PHP: What’s the Difference?

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Key takeaways:

  • Lantana Recovery offers various treatment levels, including inpatient rehabilitation, partial hospitalization program (PHP), and intensive outpatient program (IOP).
  • Inpatient rehabilitation at Lantana focuses on empowerment, providing structure and accountability to learn a life free from substance abuse.
  • A PHP is longer and takes place during the day, with participants attending three to five days per week for four to six hours per day.
  • An IOP meets three days per week for about three hours per day, primarily focusing on group therapy.
  • Treatment programs may include individual therapy, medication management, and group therapy in various forms.
  • Lantana Recovery provides personalized treatment options to fit individual schedules, lifestyles, and levels of addiction.

Lantana Recovery offers a variety of treatment levels, including inpatient rehabilitation, a partial hospitalization program (PHP), and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). The intensity of therapy is related to functional recovery although there is high variability in the amount of time and techniques applied in therapy sessions. Choosing the correct program is a highly personalized decision that is dependent on a variety of factors. This blog article will outline the different kinds of treatment programs available at recovery facilities, including Lantana. It will elucidate some of the defining characteristics of each type of program.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Inpatient rehabilitation is the most restrictive option available at most treatment facilities. However, the level of restriction at Lantana Recovery is unlike most others. At Lantana Recovery, the focus is on your empowerment.

“The goal of inpatient rehabilitation is to provide efficient care to patients with potentially disabling conditions to optimize physical and cognitive function and to discharge to the least restrictive setting, ideally to home” (Inpatient Rehabilitation Outcome Trends, Esselman, 2004.) The first phase of Lantana’s recovery program is focused on providing a structured environment for you to learn to live a life free from substance abuse. It provides the highest level of structure and accountability. The cornerstone is clinical work. This involves understanding your addiction, its root causes, and environmental triggers.

A Day in Traditional Rehab

The typical day in a rehab facility will vary. At some facilities, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings take place as many as three times per day. Other elements of a typical day may include medication management, individual and group therapy, as well as sessions with a social worker.

Note that some combination of these ingredients is also present in the options available at many PHPs and some ​IOPs. There is no typical day of rehab at Lantana Recovery. Outside of some basic components, a day’s schedule is designed entirely by the client.

Partial Hospitalization Program

A PHP is similar to an IOP, except that it is longer and takes place during the day. Typical PHP participants will attend three to five days per week for four to six hours per day. The program will contain an array of options for participation. These are not necessarily unique to PHP. They often overlap with what you find in a more scaled-down outpatient program or a full-blown inpatient rehab.

Intensive Outpatient Program

A typical IOP will meet three days per week for about three hours per day. An IOP is more limited than a PHP. However, it will still consist of the same basic ingredients. The primary ingredient of an IOP is group therapy. The groups may vacillate between process groups, educational groups, support groups, or speaker meetings.

There is a camaraderie that can be built in the context of an IOP. This is because the size is generally small, and the participants in the groups themselves tend to be fairly uniform. You will begin to see the same people multiple times per week, hear their stories, make small talk, and learn a little about their lives.

Medication Management

Medication management is normally an important element of the traditional rehab or PHP experience. Co-occurring disorders that contribute to the underlying causes of addiction are common. Treating a co-occurring disorder through medication can reduce cravings and improve sobriety. Frequent contact with a medication manager means that your provider can be particularly responsive to dosage adjustments.

Individual Therapy

Regular individual therapy is typically only a component of the traditional inpatient rehab experience. Individual therapy can occur during a meeting with a psychiatrist, social worker, or therapist. During these meetings, you will discuss issues that are important to you and your treatment.

The therapist can coach you through challenging thoughts, reflect on your use of substances, focus on strengths, rearrange priorities, or engage in cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) involves changing patterns of negative or inaccurate thinking by retraining your brain to see the world differently.

Social Worker Sessions

You will likely have some interaction with a social worker at any level of treatment. The role of a social worker can include overseeing your discharge plan, acting as a family liaison, helping you in your relationship with the community, or facilitating group therapy.

If your inpatient rehab facility allows you to work, your social worker can be a resource for finding jobs and guiding you through the application processes. The key role of the social worker is to ensure a seamless transition out of your particular level of care. This generally involves helping you identify new doctors, therapists, or programs.

Group Therapy

At the core of most PHPs and IOPs is group therapy. Group therapy can take a variety of forms. There are psycho-educational groups/skills development groups, support groups, and process groups. A psycho-educational group is focused on a specific topic that is led by a trained therapist. In such a group, the therapist takes on the role of teacher and directs the sessions, and sets goals. This is also true of a skills development group.

A support group is one where the members are brought together by a common experience or trauma. If a therapist is present at a support group, their role is to ensure equal time and act as a shoulder to lean on. A process group is a type of group therapy where the group members direct the group. In a process group, the focus is on group members’ interactions with one another.

One of the goals is to learn from the group dynamics as they progress over time. A process group is similar to a support group; however, in a process group, individuals are called to examine the reactions and responses that emerge interpersonally as the group progresses.

Bottom Line

Lantana Recovery offers a variety of treatment options guided by some of the best professionals anywhere. Lantana Recovery’s inpatient rehab program is unlike that of others because it revolves around building self-discipline early in the recovery process. Don’t expect a locked unit, limited visiting hours, or a lack of access to electronics. A typical inpatient program will entail individual and group therapy, medication management, as well as sessions with a social worker. Partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs center on various group therapy options. A partial hospitalization program will also likely include medication management. Lantana Recovery is proud to offer treatment options that can readily fit your schedule, lifestyle, and level of addiction. 

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