A typical detox program might last anywhere between 5 to 14 days. If you attend residential treatment, you may be there a week to around 1 month. While these programs serve very important purposes, they aren’t designed to help support someone through their continued process of early recovery. PHP is a longer-term stay, typically around 1-2 months of time. This length of stay helps you through the first 1-4 months of your recovery, which can be a very vulnerable time.
Access to Outside Supports
While in a PHP program and attending outside 12-step based or recovery support meetings, people are able to start building their network and foundation by reaching out to others in recovery. By expanding their base of supports into the outside recovery community, they start to build connection in recovery by making new connections, friends, and even obtaining sponsors. This process can be tremendously helpful for someone transitioning into life after PHP. It is also possible for supportive loved ones to visit and have therapy sessions with their loved one depending on their program and their guidelines.
Involving immediate family and loved ones into someone’s recovery process is not only helpful to the persons recovery, but also can be healing for all parties involved. PHP programs are designed for anyone, from someone first entering treatment for their first time, to someone who has been to treatment many times. Early recovery is the most challenging part of recovery, and it should be supported as such. With proper therapy, support and education, it is possible to remain sober long-term.