How the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Works

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

When placed into or after choosing to go into a partial hospitalization program, you or a loved one will receive very similar care from what inpatient rehab addicts receive, but once scheduled meetings and appointments are done for the day you will leave the rehab center and resume your life as normal.

First Step is dedicated to helping anyone end an addiction at our Pompano Beach rehab center, and, as such, our partial hospitalization program is quite rigorous regardless of the fact that you would be living at home. When you are placed in our partial hospitalization program, you will come to our Pompano Beach rehab center to go through cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, group addiction meetings, life skills classes, and more. Patients in a PHP usually come to the rehab center five to seven times a week and they often stay on site for up to eight hours.


Who is a PHP Best For?

The partial hospitalization program is in between inpatient rehab and the intensive outpatient program as far as time spent on site is concerned. That being said, PHP is a good option for those who have spent some time in inpatient care and are ready to live at home, and patients who are just starting rehab but have responsibilities that make inpatient care impossible.

Still, the partial hospitalization program is best for those who have excellent restraint as living at home will mean having a way to access the drugs and alcohol.


Other Types of Outpatient Care

Technically speaking, our partial hospitalization program for rehab in Pompano Beach, FL, is an outpatient addiction treatment program, but it is not the only type of outpatient care. Some of the other types of outpatient rehab available include:

And although they might sound like the same thing, intensive outpatient rehab and the partial hospitalization program are substantially different from each other. In PHP, you can expect to spend 30 or more hours a week at the rehab center. On the other hand, patients in out intensive outpatient program will usually spend less than ten hours a week at the rehab center and will only go to the site three or so times a week.


To learn more about our partial hospitalization program or any of our other types of outpatient care, contact us today.


Symptoms and Treatment for Heroin Addiction

Heroin vs Heroin-based Drugs

While heroin has a reputation of being one of the most addictive and powerful illegal street drugs in the world, there are a number of pharmaceutical medicines derived from it. And although heroin itself is especially well-known as being dangerous, some of those medically-approved pharmaceuticals are actually more addictive, more powerful, and more dangerous than heroin.

The medicines built from heroin and those that are synthetic heroin are referred to as opiates and opioids. Technically speaking, the difference between opiates and opioids is that opiates are directly created from the poppy plant. On the other hand, opioids are any substance that binds itself to the parts of the brain that are affected by opiates. This means that although every opiate is an opioid, not all opioids are opiates since opioids can and are often synthetically built by pharmaceutical companies. For example, heroin is itself an opiate but not an opioid.

Some of the drugs, medical or otherwise, include:

  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl
  • Tramadol
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Opium

Though this list isn’t comprehensive to all opioids available, those listed above are some of the most addictive with particularly widespread cases of abuse, including in Pompano Beach, FL .


Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction

The signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Disrupted sleep patterns
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Slurred speech
  • Loss of coordination
  • Itchiness
  • Financial problems
  • Pulling away from friends or family
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Drop in productivity
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Slow heart rate
  • Heart problems
  • More susceptible to infection
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems


Though the effects of heroin and it’s opioid counterparts are generally very similar, there are specific signs and symptoms that indicate heroin use specifically, these include:

  • Needle marks
  • Bruises on areas injections are common
  • Abscesses
  • Skin infections
  • Collapsed veins
  • Paraphernalia found together (combinations of spoons, foil, lighters, candles, needles, syringes, cotton balls, metal bottle caps, tie-offs, straw, rolling papers, pipe, small tubes)


Best Rehab Options for Heroin Addicts

If you or a family member has an addiction to heroin, or any opioid for that matter, should seek assistance through rehab as soon as possible. The addictiveness and the dangers of these drugs make them especially difficult to quit on one’s own.


1st Step Behavioral Health has the tools, resources, and experience to help fight and end a heroin addiction safely and in a way that is far less likely to lead to relapse. Contact us for yourself or for a loved one to get started right away.