There are many different styles of addiction treatment since people in recovery have diverse needs. A partial hospitalization program can help you maintain a busy lifestyle and support network while engaged in the hard, important work of recovery.
What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?
A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is addiction treatment on an outpatient basis. Clients live at home and attend the program for several hours a day, during the daytime or evening. They receive comprehensive care, including therapy, counseling, primary care monitoring, and aftercare planning.
PHPs are part of the continuum of care offered at rehabilitation facilities. They’re considered a “step up” from intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), which usually require fewer hours at a time in treatment, and a “step down” from residential programs. A PHP often helps clients transition from a residential program into a more independent lifestyle.
Who Should Consider a Partial Hospitalization Program?
You may qualify for partial hospitalization if:
- You have a dual diagnosis, such as a substance use disorder and a mental health condition.
- You’ve already completed an inpatient or residential program.
- You want a structured treatment program in an outpatient setting.
- You don’t need inpatient hospitalization or 24-hour monitoring, but you need regular medical and psychiatric care.
- You’ve relapsed after spending time in recovery.
- You’re willing and able to engage in intensive therapy.
- You have a stable, supportive housing situation.
Services Partial Hospitalization Offers
One of the benefits of partial hospitalization is that it offers the same high level of case management, medical treatment, and evidence-based therapy as an inpatient program while requiring less time commitment.
Most PHPs will provide these services:
- Medication management, where doctors and psychiatrists monitor clients’ progress on medication and adjust dosages as needed.
- Behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which focus on changing unhelpful thought patterns, regulating emotion, and developing constructive coping skills.
- Individual therapy where clients and their counselor work together to set goals.
- Group therapy and support groups where clients discuss issues related to addiction, and receive feedback in a safe environment.
- Fitness and nutritional counseling.
- Relapse prevention strategies.
- Education on topics surrounding addiction, illness, trauma, and recovery.
- Exercise and recreation.
- Aftercare planning to set clients up with a support network after they leave the program.
Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Programs
Because PHPs don’t require clients to stay overnight, they’re less restrictive and time-consuming than residential programs.The convenience of PHPs makes them an excellent choice for clients who have ongoing obligations outside of treatment, like family, school, or work. Clients can build or rely on a community outside of the facility, easing their transition into everyday life.
At the same time, clients are supported by a structured daily routine during the program. Structure is an essential aspect of early sobriety and recovery. A PHP’s regular hours help clients establish accountability and commitment, treating their recovery like a job. They also benefit from socializing with others in the PHP and forming bonds.
PHPs can be an important transition between residential programs and outpatient programs. Since residential programs are often short-term, partial hospitalization helps clients continue the long-term recovery process with all the support they need.
And PHPs provide more structure than an outpatient program, so a client with a busy lifestyle might complete a PHP before transitioning into outpatient treatment.
Cost is one of the most significant benefits of partial hospitalization. PHPs cost less than residential or inpatient treatment programs, and PHPs are more commonly accepted by insurance. The lower cost of PHPs makes treatment accessible to a broader range of clients.
Get on Track to Recovery With GBAC
At Greater Boston Addiction Centers, partial hospitalization is the most intensive level of outpatient rehab treatment. Clients commit to attending during the weekday after completing detox and a residential program.
Your PHP treatment will be comprehensive and compassionate, including medication assistance, dual diagnosis treatment, and individual and group therapy. Our community, located just outside of Boston, is a safe space to grow in your recovery while maintaining a busy schedule. To learn more about our PHP and find out if you qualify, contact us at 877.920.6583. We’ll be glad to help.