Partial hospitalization programs are a cross between inpatient and outpatient treatment. They offer a high level of care while simultaneously letting clients retain some freedom and independence. People attend a partial hospitalization program (PHP) for up to six hours daily, five days per week. While intense, PHPs are also a short-term form of addiction treatment. Most programs only last around 30 days.
Substance abuse can affect anyone. Yet gay men experience stressors and challenges that often heighten their risk for substance abuse. In response, La Fuente Hollywood offers a PHP for gay men designed to target their needs and provide healing for the mind, body, and soul.
What Is a PHP For Gay Men?
A PHP for gay men operates the same way as a traditional PHP. Participants attend group and individual therapy sessions, receive educational services, get support with medication management, and more. What sets PHP for gay men apart is its inclusivity and consideration of the issues and challenges facing the LGBTQ community.
Addiction may affect all types of people, but it does not affect everyone the same way. Moreover, the root causes of substance abuse among gay men often differ from heterosexual men. A gay-inclusive PHP accounts for those differences and ensures that gay men receive excellent services in an environment that values them and recognizes their full humanity.
The Importance of a Gay-Inclusive PHP
American society has made progress in terms of how it views and treats people who identify as LGBTQ. However, it still has a long way to go. Gay marriage may be legal, and many places around the country are more accepting of diverse sexual identities. Yet prejudice, discrimination, and marginalization still exist.
Addiction treatment providers understand how trauma, stress, and prejudice play a role in someone’s risk for substance abuse. Gay men are more likely to use substances as a coping mechanism for stress or trauma than their heterosexual peers. If addiction treatment providers do not take the specific needs of gay men into account when designing treatment plans, transformative outcomes will be nearly impossible.
Everyday situations and scenarios continue to pose challenges to gay men that most heterosexual people may not even think twice about. Unequal or discriminatory treatment remains common for people in the LGBTQ community when it comes to:
- Buying or renting a home
- Applying for a job or seeking a promotion
- Acquiring social services
- Medical care
One heartbreaking statistic is that people in same-sex couples have more difficulty accessing health insurance, with 75% noting they were discriminated against in either accessing health insurance or filing a claim. A gay-inclusive PHP may be the first time gay men experience healthcare that values their full humanity.
PHP Treatment Methods at La Fuente Hollywood
La Fuente Hollywood’s LGBTQ PHP emphasizes treatment that falls into two categories: psychological and holistic. Many people enter a PHP with a co-occurring disorder. Thus, providing comprehensive mental health services and treating the addiction is critical.
A typical day in our LGBTQ PHP involves:
- Attending therapy sessions.
- Completing motivation and skill-building exercises.
- Socializing with other PHP participants.
- Accessing educational resources.
Clients are served lunch and then receive more treatment during the afternoon, which often includes holistic approaches like yoga, meditation, or art therapy.
Once a day of treatment ends, clients return home, attend school, or go to work. Some days, participants receive homework assignments that help them practice coping mechanisms or build skills necessary to achieve recovery goals.
Learn more about the PHP for gay men at La Fuente Hollywood by calling 844.956.3514.