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What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is sometimes referred to as day care. Clients can access PHP when transitioning from detox, stabilization or residential inpatient treatment. Cornerstone’s partial hospitalization program encourages independence by being less restrictive than an inpatient treatment program. Group counseling and individual therapy sessions are delivered throughout the day, but emphasis is placed on building a support structure outside of the treatment setting. Within our PHP we help you develop healthy social connections that promote wellbeing and aid long-term recovery.

How Long Does a PHP Last For?

The length of time a person spends engaged with a PHP varies greatly. At Cornerstone we believe wholeheartedly that recovery is neither a race nor a competition. Rushing any stage of the treatment process can cause relapse. With this in mind the length of stay each person requires within our PHP is completely dependent on the needs of the individual. Our day care program runs seven days a week, but your personalized treatment plan will determine the amount of days in the week that you need to attend. The aim is to maintain abstinence, build strength and provide you with the tools that will propel you into a life free of drugs and alcohol.

What Happens During the Days?

Our comprehensive recovery program with leading addiction professionals will begin at 8:30 a.m. every day. Some of what you can expect is listed below:

Group Therapy :  Delivered by qualified addiction professionals these groups are designed to develop essential skills needed for maintaining abstinence. Focusing on subjects such as relapse prevention, stress management, life skills, coping skills and addiction education you are encouraged to listen, participate and learn.

Individual therapy :  You will meet regularly with an assigned addictions therapist. Here you work intensively to further explore addiction and maintain abstinence.

Medical assistance: A medical team is available to treat and care for you. Many clients still suffer with physical complications due to their substance abuse. Your comfort is important to us, we are confident in addressing any medical needs that arise.

Planning for aftercare: We encourage a client led aftercare plan, together we begin to build the future. Meeting your needs individually by making sure all bases are covered. Having a solid aftercare plan in place can be the difference between life and death.

Holistic Approach: Cornerstone’s holistic approach to addiction includes activities and sessions such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness, music and art therapy along with a wide range of social activities. Used in conjunction with traditional treatment modalities, we are able to deliver a rounded balanced program.

Days at Cornerstone PHP usually end mid afternoon. Groups can be emotional as well as informative so time for reflection is advised. Make the most of your recovery community at Cornerstone by planning an activity for the evenings, whether that be attending a meeting or having fun, the free time granted by a PHP is best used constructively.

Am I Allowed to go Home at Night?

Yes, but we have noticed that many clients find home life challenging, especially in early recovery. The chaos that addiction causes can make returning home difficult. Cornerstone provides Licensed Recovery Homes, these are safe and sober environments that are perfectly situated for those engaging in our Partial Hospitalization Program. Remember – stable and supportive housing is vital in recovery.


Our former clients say it best...

Dr. Stone, I am so grateful to your program and also your generosity. I was a hopeless addict who believed there was no way of getting clean. Thanks to my sister and Cornerstone staff, I recently took my 90 day chip in N.A. Thanks, my life has been changed.
~ Isaac C.

“This was the best foundation I could have asked for to be sober. My case manager was the Best!! She showed me your life can be exciting and sober.”
~ Tina H.

It is the truly caring staff that makes Cornerstone the best rehab I have been to. The best part was finally getting my depression medications right, after many others tried for 2 years.
~ Jim V.

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