Done with PHP/IOP

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As of yesterday, I am officially done with the partial hospitalization program/intensive outpatient program (PHP/IOP) I went to for approximately 7 weeks. Though I completed all of the paperwork, I wasn’t actually discharged — I discharged myself.

I made the decision to discontinue going to Group about a week ago, though I’d been wanting to leave since May. I couldn’t stand the format, and I felt that I was being badgered by the therapists. If I missed a day, for example, they would call me — sometimes several times — to persuade me to come in. It was intrusive. I just wanted them to leave me alone. Even after I told them (via phone) that I was leaving the program, they urged me to go to Group several times.

I won’t deny that I got better while in PHP (and my one week of IOP). It kept me busy. I had someplace to go every day, even if I didn’t like it. And I did learn skills that will help me during times of distress. It was just a bad fit.

Now that I’ve got all this free time, I have to find other things to do so I don’t sit around at home all day. To start, I’m thinking a yoga class on Mondays and martial arts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.ย I’m terrified of going to these classes, but I have to for my well-being.

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10 thoughts on “Done with PHP/IOP

  1. Yoga is lovely and gets lovelier the more you do it and become comfortable with the routine, the instructors and the other people. Itโ€™s great … good luck and let us know how it goes! Katie x

  2. I have to do yoga alone at home as there are no classes here in rural nowhere, but I really love doing it. Lucky you to have two classes to attend! I also tried tae kwon do years ago and ended up looking forward to class nights. I hope you have similar positive experiences. Shalom.

  3. I’m glad you will have some things to do in place of the IOP/PHP. I love yoga, but haven’t practised in months. I used to do it at home when I sitll practised, but really want to join a yoga class someday.

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