Addiction treatment can be scary. Although addiction currently affects 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older (according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health), it is still not a very well understood condition. Despite naysayers, addiction is, in fact, a disease, as recognized by the DSM-V. Therefore, it should be looked at as a medical condition that requires proper treatment in order to get it under control.
While there is currently no known cure for addiction, there are numerous addiction treatment options available to help you or your loved one get the help needed. There are inpatient treatment programs, which consist of attending full-time therapy while also living at the facility, and outpatient treatment programs, which involve attending part-time therapy while living at alternative housing. Partial hospitalization, or PHP, falls under the latter but provides clients access to in-depth therapy while enjoying certain freedoms and the ability to engage with the community at large.