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Partial Hospitalization - Adults and Adolescents

Have you recently completed an inpatient treatment program and are unsure what to do next? Is inpatient care no longer necessary in your life, but you feel you would still benefit from regular, intensive support and treatment? 

If this is the case, participating in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) may be right for you. In 2021, 140,000 Delaware residents were diagnosed with a substance use disorder and 156,000 with a mental health disorder. At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, our partial hospitalization program allows many people to overcome challenges and rediscover themselves. 

What We Treat: Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Whether you are seeking mental health or substance use disorder treatment, SUN Behavioral Health Delaware provides treatment for both. 

When a substance you partake in starts to consume your life, you may have developed a substance use disorder. One of the signs of a substance use disorder is finding it challenging to stop. If you have experienced any symptoms of a substance use disorder, a PHP program can provide you with the extra support and resources needed to find recovery. Some substance use disorders we treat include alcohol use disorder, meth use disorder, heroin use disorder, and benzodiazepine use disorder.

Mental health disorders can affect one's well-being. Fortunately, proper, individualized treatment can enable many people to improve their quality of life. 

How We Treat: Partial Hospitalization Program

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a highly intensive outpatient treatment in which people participate during the day, 5 days a week, and return home each night. This level of treatment is suitable for those who need more intensive care but do not need complete hospitalization. They may require stabilization and intensive treatment, but their symptoms are not an imminent danger to themselves and others. 

Many individuals in our PHP are transitioning from inpatient care environments. This move means they have been receiving 24/7 care in a hospital setting and are now transitioning to an outpatient program where they engage in therapy during the day and spend their nights at home. 

People participating in SUN’s PHP will learn emotional coping skills and reintegrate into their family and community. At the end of their time with PHP, they are usually ready for lower levels of outpatient care, such as our intensive outpatient program (IOP). At SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, IOP is only available for adults.

PHP is unsuitable for anyone who is actively a danger to themselves or others. In these cases, inpatient care is the most suitable. 

Our PHP program is available to adults and teens and operates Monday through Friday. Adult patients can benefit from both mental health and substance use disorder treatment options. Our teen program is exclusively focused on mental health disorders.

Partial Hospitalization Program: What Is Offered?

During PHP treatment at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, you will experience a variety of therapy groups and have a team of psychiatrists who will provide you with insight into substance use disorder and mental health. Our team will consider your experiences, doctors' insights, treatment history, and previous assessments during your evaluation when customizing your treatment plan. Here are some therapies you may experience during your PHP treatment at SUN Behavioral Health.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Everyone enrolled in PHP at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware will experience some form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Depending on your treatment plan, your team may combine it with other options. CBT helps people identify and change harmful thoughts or behaviors into less harmful ones. When you participate in CBT, you will learn how to:

  • Identify harmful thoughts and concerns in your life
  • Change beliefs, thoughts, and emotions from harmful ones to positive ones
  • Explore alternative strategies that allow you to cope with current concerns


Coping Skills Training

During coping skills training, you will learn how to cope when your risk factors or similar situations occur, allowing you to experience those situations outside of treatment and practice what to do. Your counselor will also teach you social skills that will enable you to reduce conflict in your personal and work relationships. When these skills are combined, you will gain increased self-confidence, which will help your recovery journey after completing PHP.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

A wellness recovery action plan, or WRAP, is a system that helps you understand the wellness techniques necessary for your long-term recovery. This treatment allows you to learn and discover tools to create and maintain wellness. Some of the things you’ll learn in WRAP include:
  • How to find support and stay in control, even if you experience a crisis
  • How to move forward from those circumstances
  • How to identify circumstances or situations that might prevent or derail your recovery
  • How to develop a daily plan to keep you on track with your goals
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How Long Do I Need to Attend a Partial Hospitalization Program?

How long someone stays in a partial hospitalization program at our treatment facility can vary. Every person is different when it comes to their recovery from a mental health concern, substance use disorder, or both. Some people only need a few weeks, while others need longer. It depends on the type of treatment you are receiving and how well you are progressing. As you participate in treatment, your timeline may change depending on your progress.

Partial Hospitalization for Adults

Our adult PHP is for individuals over 18 years old. Adults can benefit from either our mental health group or our co-occurring disorder group. The co-occurring disorder group is best for individuals who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. During treatment, people will attend group therapy sessions and learn stress management and life development skills. By the time you leave SUN Behavioral Delaware, you will have received aftercare planning to guide you as you continue your recovery journey. 

Partial Hospitalization for Adolescents

Our adolescent program is for those between 13 and 17 years old. Some signs your teen might benefit from a PHP program include:
  • Changes in school performance
  • Intense fears regarding their appearance
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Excessive fear, sadness, or aggression

Is PHP Treatment for Adolescents Different Than It Is for Adults?

In many ways, teens receive the same skills and techniques as adults. However, teen care is approached differently for multiple reasons. For example, adolescents are still in school, so academic programs are included to provide structure and help them continue their education while in treatment. Adults won’t typically need educational support, but we still focus on life skills training for them, including vocational and financial education.

Teens may not be willing participants initially. Many times, parents or guardians may pressure their teens to attend treatment, which may result in a lower willingness to participate. When a teen actively participates in their treatment, they have a higher chance of recovering. Adults are often more present than teens in their decision to receive treatment, which highlights the importance of approaching adolescent care differently. We meet your teen where they are and have patience when addressing their concerns to encourage them to participate. 

Although teenagers can face the same concerns as adults, they also encounter unique challenges specific to adolescence. Some of these include social media, bullying, and uncertainty about their future, which require specialized approaches to facilitate effective healing. 

Benefits of Partial Hospitalization

Partial hospitalization can provide many benefits, balancing the flexibility of outpatient treatment with the intensity of inpatient care. For example, PHP provides a structured support system that includes support groups, medical professionals, therapists, and more. Medical professionals monitor your health and medications, while our therapists and support groups can assist with any symptoms you have associated with a mental health or substance use disorder. 

PHP also provides more flexibility than an inpatient treatment program. While it is still structured and takes up most of the day, unlike inpatient programs, PHP allows you or your loved one to return home each night after they have completed treatment during the day.

Skills and tools needed to maintain stability are taught during PHP. These skills often include mindfulness, accountability, and stress reduction, which can prevent someone from returning to substance use or worsening symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Talk With a Representative at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware and Begin Your Recovery Journey Today!

If you are at a point in your life where you no longer need inpatient treatment but still feel like intensive support and care would help, partial hospitalization may be the right choice for you. Our SUN Behavioral Health Delaware team is here to help you design the best treatment for your needs based on you, your medical team, and your history.


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