It’s a common misconception that clients at an eating disorder treatment center are simply sent home after the completion of a residential treatment program. In fact, the best treatment centers offer various levels of treatment to ease clients back into eventually living independently. Therefore, the most common option for continued treatment after a residential program is a partial hospitalization program (PHP).
A partial hospitalization program is an essential step in any eating disorder treatment plan. PHPs are usually a step down from more intensive residential treatment options. Rather than living at the treatment center, clients attend daily programming and are provided the opportunity to prepare meals and engage in learned coping skills at home in the evenings. PHPs provide clients with all the benefits of a residential program with the added trust and freedom that comes with being able to leave the facility. Programs clients might participate in include:
The amount of time that clients need to commit to being at the treatment center during the day depends on their clinical needs. Treatment professionals decide which therapies and counseling sessions each client needs to attend. This regimen will likely be very similar, if not identical, to the residential treatment program that they just completed. As treatment progresses, programming schedules shorten to promote further independence and additional opportunities to practice learned skills in a less structured environment.
Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Eating Disorder Treatment
The most significant benefit of a partial hospitalization program is that clients have access to the guidance and security of treatment while they learn to make decisions for themselves. Rather than being thrust back into the real world, clients gradually take steps toward independence when they move from a residential program into partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment.
Many clients use the goal of living independently that comes with a partial hospitalization program to motivate them through their residential treatment. While they enjoy living at the facility, it’s hard to beat the comfort of living at home.
As part of our Transitional Living Program during PHP, clients also begin to reintroduce responsibilities and outside activities they enjoy. With their evenings free, they can do more of what they used to do in their normal life. Slowly bringing these things back also helps with the transition from treatment to independent living.
Can I Start Treatment with a PHP?
While some treatment centers allow clients with milder eating disorders to start treatment with partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment, doing so often doesn’t produce the best results. Eating disorder clients typically need a lot of supervision at the beginning of their treatment programs. As such, it’s often not productive to allow them to spend extended periods of time away from the treatment facility.
You’ll find that most facilities that offer eating disorder treatment recommend starting treatment with a residential program. Doing so provides a comprehensive level of care, which prevents relapses down the road.
About Magnolia Creek
Magnolia Creek in Birmingham, Alabama provides compassionate eating disorder treatment for women 18 and older. A few of our treatment offerings include the following:
We offer multiple levels of care to meet the diverse needs of all our clients, including a partial hospitalization program. We also treat any co-occurring disorders that tend to accompany eating disorders. To learn more about Magnolia Creek and how we can help you or your loved one, reach out to us at 205-409-4220 now.