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Understanding Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)


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A partial hospitalization program (PHP) strikes a balance between inpatient care and intensive outpatient programs. Any program you or your loved ones decide to choose will have a different set of advantages and experiences. 

So, what is PHP, and what can you or your loved ones expect from this type of program? 

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program? 

Fundamentally, a partial hospitalization program is a treatment phase individuals working to achieve long-term recovery go through. This type of treatment is more intensive than intensive outpatient programs (IOP) but less so than a complete inpatient treatment program.  

Compared to IOP, PHP may require more visits to the facility each week and more commitment from the individual. The main difference between PHP and a residential inpatient program is that the clients in PHP do not reside at the facility. 

What Can You Expect From A PHP Program? 

Individuals going through PHP generally participate in treatment during the day and return to their homes in the evenings. Individuals may spend an average of five days at the facility per week, varying from four to eight hours in duration. These variables will depend on the client’s needs, goals, and type of treatment. 

A typical day during PHP might consist of different individual and group therapies, skill-building classes, and periodic evaluations. All of these various activities are managed by the facility’s clinical staff and team. 

Who Is PHP Meant For? 

As we all know, recovery takes time — and so does treatment. There’s no “one size fits all” approach to treatment, and everyone’s needs are different. PHP will benefit any individual on their road to recovery. That said, this treatment option might be more advantageous for a specific set of people. 

PHP acts as the perfect next step for those leaving residential facilities. This type of program serves as the ideal middle ground for those who don’t feel quite ready for an IOP program … but would like to start being more independent. PHP still offers a substantial amount of support and clinical structure. This support and structure can ease individuals during their transition from inpatient care to the outside world. 

How Do I Know Which Program to Go With? 

With all the different programs and treatment options available, it can be challenging to choose the right one. From options like IOP, PHP, 30-day, and 90-day, it may feel like staring at a map upside down and in a different language.  

However, if you look for the right things, choosing a treatment program can be easier than you think: 

Length of Treatment: The length of the treatment option you or your loved ones go with is crucial to your recovery journey. Recovery takes time, and research indicates more extended treatment options lead to better results.  

However, this doesn’t mean short-term options aren’t beneficial. The length of your treatment and program will depend upon your goals, values, needs, and circumstances. 

Personalized Treatment Programs: One of the most crucial things to look for when choosing a program is how they treat and care for their clients. One of the fundamentals of selecting a quality program is to look for facilities that take a personalized approach to treatment. Every person is unique and has a different set of needs, values, and goals. Find a treatment program that understands this and offers different types of therapies and accommodations.  

Inpatient vs. Outpatient: Another element to consider is whether the treatment program will be residential or outpatient. Both will have a different set of advantages and disadvantages. While someone may benefit from an inpatient facility, another may benefit more from the opposite. This choice will come down to the individual’s needs, goals, and values. 

Affordability Concerns: Unfortunately, the cost of treatment can determine if someone gets the care they need and deserve. All programs will vary in price depending on their facility, length of stay, and the general program. You or your loved ones can seek many different options for financial aid to ensure you get the best care possible. Not to forget, the long-term cost of substance use is going to outweigh the cost of treatment. 

These are just a few of the elements you should look for in a treatment program and facility. Other factors can include location, amenities, specialties, and moreFind a treatment option that fits your needs, goals, and budget. Making a choice is one of the first steps you can take on your road to long-term sobriety. 

The Edge Treatment Center is here to guide and support you along your path toward long-term recovery. We believe every individual is unique, and so are the problems they face. We personalize treatment programs to match our client’s needs, goals, and values.  

If you or a loved one is ready to take the first step towards long-term sobriety, call The Edge Treatment Center at (800) 778-1772.

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Written by

brian-mooreBrian Moore

Content Writer

Reviewed by

jeremy-arztJeremy Arzt

Chief Clinical Officer

Addiction Recovery


January 13, 2022