Partial Hospitalization Care [350 words keywords: PHP level of care, partial hospitalization care detail: 5 hours a day 5 days a week]

The most intensive treatment service The Counseling Center provides is the partial hospitalization program, or PHP, which is the highest level of outpatient treatment care for patients who have entered recovery. The partial hospitalization care is the best care available for patients with alcohol and drug addictions, who have co-occurring mental health disorders that hinder the success of the rehabilitative process, but who do not need supervision 24hrs a day. This level of treatment is identified at the initial evaluation, where it is determined that this treatment needs to be patient’s primary attention, over any other responsibilities.

In partial hospitalization care, the patient spends most of their day at the outpatient facility, where he or she is supervised or monitored by professional doctors and therapists. PHP work through psychotherapy treatments that include individual and group therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and other educational aspects of their recovery treatment, as well as medicine that balances the specific mental condition of the patient. The PHP of The Counseling Center requires 5 hours a day, 5 days a week until such a time when the patient has balanced their mental health condition, and their alcohol and drug addiction treatment becomes more possible to achieve successfully.

The PHP treatment is recommended for patients who have previously had to be hospitalized due to overdose, or suicide attempts. By being under a medically supervised treatment, the patient receives the care they need for mental health stability, and drug and alcohol addiction therapy. This is an intense, daily approach to prevent relapse during the most crucial point in recovery, yet allows the patient to return home every day where they can put to practice the skills learned in therapy. During the 5 hours at the outpatient psychiatric care, the patient is in a clinical environment under the care of doctors and professional therapists. The goal of the PHP is to stabilize dual diagnoses in order for the patient to commit to long-term recovery.


Psychiatric Care [250 words keywords: psychiatric care]

The intensive outpatient care at The Counseling Center offers mental health treatment for individuals who have concurrent, drug and alcohol addiction and mental health issues, and need both, medicine and therapy as part of their individual treatment plan. Outpatient psychiatric care is provided by a medical doctor that is able to prescribe medication needed as part of the treatment plan designed for the individual. Combined with individual and group therapy, medication prescribed in psychiatric care helps control symptoms associated with mental health conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, or depression, for example, in addition to the investigative approach of traditional psychiatric treatment.

IOP psychiatric care is usually recommended and provided when the symptoms of the person in treatment are too severe and prevents, or in some form hinders, their overall participation in the treatment plan. The patient’s treatment plan is determined after a thorough, initial interview and assessment. Psychiatric care includes individual psychotherapy sessions with a psychiatrist, who will if necessary, prescribe medication according to the diagnosis of the patient. There may be instances when it may be necessary to try different medications if the desired results are not achieved, or it may be necessary to prescribe a combination of medications. Psychiatric care is closely monitored to ensure the patient receives the therapy and medications that manage underlying mental conditions while the individual is in recovery. There are conditions such as anxiety and depression, which depending on severity may not require long-term medication.


Self Discovery Education [250 words keywords: self-discovery]

Each individual has a unique personality, even while we may all share many similar and even identical traits, but the understanding of who we are is a deeper learning process. Sometimes this process builds over time and is imperceptible such as when people say they have always known they wanted to be a doctor, an engineer, or an artist, and other times the journey to discover what we love needs external guidance; this is the aim of self-discovery education. There are many factors that cause a change of direction in life, and when a person loses touch with their internal compass, they become lost in their search for meaning. Self discovery education helps individuals find, or build, an inner life that will provide them with a source of strength they can always rely on to meet the challenges of life.

The journey of self discovery takes many forms. It can be easy and effortless, or it may take someone or something to “open our eyes,” because what may appear simple for others is not necessarily simple for all. Self discovery education is a highly rewarding experience when an individual is sincere and frank, at least with themselves, when examining their life. The Counseling Center offers self discovery education in a setting that provides interactive therapy during which a person learns, or “discovers,” things about themselves they didn’t know before, and this discovery of self is the foundation from which to build a life that fulfills their inner most desires of happiness. Self discovery education is something everyone can benefit from.