In September of 2011, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic opened its inaugural Partial Hospitalization/Day Treatment Program, an initiative specifically designed to meet the recovery needs of clients who are at moderate risk for severe withdrawal with moderate severity of emotional, behavioral, and/or cognitive conditions—and thus not currently in need of residential treatment.. This structured, 30 hour per week program provides clients with individual and group counseling, psychiatric evaluation with follow-up, and assistance in developing a long-range recovery plan. Typically, clients arrive at 9 am for a nursing assessment and morning meeting.
Throughout the day, clients are challenged to further understand addiction and its impact on them, before departing at 3:30 pm for an evening of homework and reflection.
The addition of the Partial Hospitalization Day Treatment Program reflects the ongoing dedication of PHMA staff to providing a spectrum of care to clients begin to recover from addiction. This program is classified as a level two program (out of four levels of care), according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. With the establishment of partial hospitalization, Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic is even more prepared to meet clients where they are, bridging the gap between outpatient services and residential programs. This change in structure is just one of many enhancements that Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic has undergone recently, an indication that PHMA staff remains dedicated to the ongoing process of self-improvement in the ever-changing field of addiction treatment.