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Partial Hospitalization Program

A PHP (partial hospitalization program) provides the most intensive form of outpatient treatment available for those with substance use disorders and mental health disorders.

Partial hospitalization programs are characterized by their flexibility, structure, and affordability. Additionally, most health insurance plans will cover at least part of the costs of a PHP.

For those who want the structure and support of residential rehab without the costs, the rigidity, or the need to take a month away from personal and professional commitments, what is involved in a PHP?

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What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

If you require treatment for an addiction or a mental health condition, rehab is broadly cleaved into two delivery methods:

  • Inpatient rehab
  • Outpatient rehab

A PHP – the abbreviated form of partial hospitalization program – is the most intensive, full-time version of outpatient treatment.

You will attend weekday counseling and therapy sessions. Most programs schedule from four to eight hours of sessions on Monday through Friday. In some cases, you may find that rehab centers offer access to evening or weekend sessions, ideal for those with busy lives who are fully committed to their recovery.

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The duration of a PHP will depend on the severity of your condition and your personal circumstances. Some PHPs last for just a few weeks, while others will take months to complete. 

For some people, a PHP is a convenient step down on the continuum of care from residential rehab. Others find that engaging with a partial hospitalization program prevents the need for inpatient treatment. 

Partial hospitalization programs are especially effective for those with an addiction and co-occurring mental health disorder. 

What can you expect to get from engaging with therapy in this setting?

What to Expect at a PHP

One of the primary benefits of PHPs is the ongoing medical monitoring that takes place throughout the program.

When you attend the treatment facility for therapy sessions, you will have access to these interventions at a PHP:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Psychotherapy
  • Holistic therapies

1) Group Counseling

Many PHPs place considerable emphasis on group counseling sessions. At residential rehab, by contrast, you can expect to focus more sharply on individual counseling.

Group sessions connect you with peers undergoing similar experiences, reinforcing the fact that you are not alone in your struggle with addiction or mental health issues. You can also share coping strategies and personal experiences, broadening your understanding of addiction as a disease.

2) Individual Counseling

By working closely with a therapist, you will have the opportunity to explore the root cause of your condition.

One-to-one counseling sessions allow you to get personalized input from a credentialed mental health professional, motivating you throughout the challenging early phase of recovery.

3) Medication-Assisted Treatment

Both alcohol use disorders and opioid use disorders respond positively to treatment with medications approved by the FDA.

MAT can be effective during detoxification and throughout ongoing treatment, serving to:

  • Reduce the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.
  • Alleviate cravings for alcohol or drugs.
  • Improve retention in a partial hospitalization program.
  • Discourage subsequent substance abuse.
  • Encourage ongoing abstinence.

Medication-assisted treatment is always most beneficial when supplemented by behavioral interventions like counseling and psychotherapies.

4) Psychotherapy

All partial hospitalization programs will offer a variety of talk therapies or psychotherapies. The two most common examples used to treat addictions and mental health conditions are CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy).

CBT is a solution-oriented and time-limited form of psychotherapy. A qualified therapist will help you establish what triggers you to use addictive substances. You will then learn how to create and implement customized coping strategies to help you navigate life stressors without resorting to drink or drugs and then relapsing.

DBT is a variant of CBT that guides you to regulate your emotions, cope with distress more effectively, and strengthen your coping skills.

5) Holistic Therapies

You will find that most of the best partial hospitalization programs offer a variety of holistic therapies to complement evidence-based treatment. Common options include:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Adventure therapy

How do you know if you are a good fit for a PHP, then?

Requirements

Partial hospitalization program requirements will vary from rehab to rehab.

When you contact a treatment facility to inquire about PHPs, you can expect to answer screening questions to help determine whether a partial hospitalization program is suitable for your needs.

PHPs are typically indicated for those who:

  • Have the time and the motivation to commit to treatment.
  • Require more support and structure than an OP or IOP provide.
  • Have addictions with co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Live in a supportive and safe environment.
  • Are not having active suicidal thoughts.
  • Have mild and moderate addictions.

Virtual Options

Many treatment facilities offer virtual rehab or partial hospitalization programs.

If you have a stable internet connection and a computer or smart device, you can engage with remote rehab. Sessions will be held online using video calls and messaging services.

Virtual IOPs broaden access to treatment, allowing those unwilling or unable to attend a face-to-face PHP to benefit from structured and evidence-based therapies online.

Cost

Partial hospitalization program cost will vary depending on many variables, particularly the quality of care offered.

National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reports that a 3-month intensive outpatient rehab program like a PHP costs an average of $5,000.

Contact the treatment facilities on your shortlist for precise PHP costs.

Partial Hospitalization vs Day Treatment Programs

A day program falls between an IOP and a PHP on the continuum of care.

DTPs (day treatment programs) are indicated for those who require lots of support and structure in their recovery, but who are also able to remain at home throughout treatment and who benefit from interacting in the community.

Some treatment facilities use the terms PHP and day program interchangeably, though. Consult the rehabs on your shortlist and ask for specifics concerning time commitment and duration so you can take the most effective route to sustained sobriety.

PHP Rehab at California Detox

If you’re looking to engage with a structured and supportive outpatient program for addiction or mental health disorders, we offer programs at all levels of intensity at California Detox.

Our PHP allows you to pursue a full-time outpatient program while remaining anchored to your personal and professional obligations.

Before you start a partial hospitalization program, you must first detox from alcohol, prescription medications, or illicit narcotics. Take advantage of our supervised clinical detox here at our licensed Laguna Beach detox center. After a week or so, you will be ready to engage with ongoing therapy.

You will attend scheduled weekday sessions and return home or to a sober living community overnight. All of our PHPs draw from these interventions:

  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Psychotherapy (CBT and DBT)
  • Family therapy
  • Holistic therapy

For those with co-occurring disorders (addiction and mental health condition), our dual diagnosis treatment program allows you to unpack both disorders at the same time.

Take the first crucial step by reaching out to admissions today for more information about partial hospitalization programs at California Detox. Call 949.567.8790 right now.

FAQs

A PHP is the most structured form of intensive outpatient treatment for those who need a higher level of care than a traditional outpatient program or an IOP (intensive outpatient program) provides.

Partial hospitalization programs bridge the gap between inpatient and outpatient treatment in terms of intensity.

ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) outlines five separate levels of addiction treatment on a continuum of care:

  1. Early intervention services (0.5)
  2. Outpatient treatment (1)
  3. IOP/PHP outpatient treatment (2)
  4. Residential/inpatient treatment (3)
  5. Medically managed intensive inpatient therapy (4)

As such, a PHP is classified by ASAM as level 2.5 on the continuum of care. PHPs are more intensive than IOPs but not as intensive as residential rehab.

Most partial hospitalization programs offer between 30 and 35 hours of weekly therapy sessions.

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