What Are Partial Hospitalization Programs and How Do They Work?

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There are many ways to treat addiction, and the type of program chosen will depend on each individual and his or her particular circumstances.

One effective means of treating substance use disorder and helping those suffering from it is through the use of partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). What exactly is PHP and how does it work to treat addiction?

What is PHP?

Some addiction programs are quite strict in their requirements and are intended for those who are at high risk of relapsing or have just started a rehab program. Others are much more relaxed in their rules and might only require that a patient checks into an outpatient appointment once or twice a week.

PHPs lie somewhere in the middle of this spectrum. They are not so strict that patients must check into a long-term inpatient or residential facility to live 24/7. They are also not so lax that they only need patients to attend an appointment on occasion.

Instead, PHPs provide comprehensive, dedicated levels of care for those with substance use disorder and effective on-site and in-home support. They involve proven treatment protocols, skill development, and 12-step programs to help patients cope with the stresses in life and be able to function effectively and appropriately in all types of situations.


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Is a PHP right for you? Consult with a medical health professional to find out.

These programs can include a number of components, including:

  • Medication management
  • Daily group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • 12-step meetings
  • Family therapy
  • Aftercare planning
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • Psychological testing
  • Behavior management

What Are the Benefits of PHP?

There are several benefits of a PHP for those who have completed detox.

For starters, PHPs help to simplify the transition to an outpatient service from hospitalization. Further, they provide flexible schedules to coincide with other commitments that patients may have. PHPs are usually affordable and are covered under insurance.

Who Makes a Good Candidate For PHP?

A PHP is best suited for those who have already completed detox, are fully capable of participating in the program, and have a solid support system outside rehab. Patients who meet the criteria for a PHP will have a much higher chance of success in this type of specialized program.

Before entering a PHP, patients will be thoroughly assessed to see if such a program is appropriate. Working with a professional is important when it is time to examine your treatment options. A full assessment with a mental health professional will ensure that you are entering the best program for you.

The decision about whether or not to enter a PHP is not necessarily yours to make alone, but one to be made with the help of a mental health care professional.

Getting the Best Care For Addiction

If you are not sure about whether or not a PHP is appropriate for you, or if there are other options that may be best suited for your situation, it is best to speak with a professional who can help you make the right decision.

At The Recovery Village, we can help you determine the best course of action once you have completed detox. If you are still grappling with addiction, now is the time to get help. Contact us to find the best program for you.