PHP / IOP

At Seastone, You’ll Receive Only the Treatment That Fits

Addicts and alcoholics are just like so-called normal people – they all have unique needs and deserve to be treated as such.  This is especially true in a health care setting, where a blanket approach can easily do more harm than good.  That’s why Seastone offers a variety of treatment programs, so every client receives exactly the care that they need.

Many clients discover that outpatient treatment is the ideal setting for early recovery.  Seastone offers two forms of outpatient treatment:  a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  Which one is right for you depends on your needs.

The main difference between PHP and IOP at Seastone is the intensity of treatment.  A PHP client typically spends between 25-30 hours a week in their various sessions.  This means 5-6 hours five days a week.  In IOP, clients report to treatment approximately three times a week for about 3-4 hours.  Of course, there are also many similarities between the two programs.  We’ll discuss those in the next section.

PHP and IOP at Seastone

We need to make a disclaimer before we start describing Seastone’s outpatient treatment options – it’s difficult to describe a given client’s treatment experience in advance.  Highly individualized programs are the keystone of Seastone’s treatment philosophy.  This means that we must perform a detailed assessment of each client before designing their treatment plan.

That being said, we can offer a general description of PHP and IOP at Seastone.  First, both programs use a varying mix of therapies to address the distorted thinking that leads to addiction.  There tend to be more group sessions in IOP, but both it and PHP strive to achieve a balance between peer support and one on one work.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is emblematic of these different modes.  The goal of CBT is to sever the unhealthy connection between an addict’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  It helps the addict see themselves and the world more clearly. In addition, CBT teaches better stress management and increased self esteem.  With clarity, improved stress management, and higher self esteem, our clients can envision themselves living a drug free and happy life.

Peer support is also crucial to early recovery.  In addition to the obvious value of one addict helping another,  peer support lets clients see their lives from a variety of perspectives and encourages the trust necessary for recovery.  They can also form important social bonds and see what works in their peers’ recovery.  Lastly, it provides a foundation for future work and maintenance in various long term support groups.