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An Overview of PHP Patient Care

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By: Renaissance Recovery

Medically Reviewed by: Diana Vo, LMFT

Last Updated: 7/1/2021

Authored By: Joe Gilmore

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PHPs (partial hospitalization programs) are a step down from inpatient treatment on the continuum of care.

In many cases, PHPs (partial hospitalization programs) can be used to deliver intensive treatment for addiction and behavioral health issues without the requirement of overnight stays at inpatient treatment centers.

While less intensive and demanding than a standard outpatient program, a PHP is nevertheless more challenging than an IOP (intensive outpatient program), despite the name of an IOP.

Day programs are proven effective for treating substance use disorders, although they are by no means limited to this in the application. Most reputable recovery centers will offer partial hospitalization programs as part of a suite of services. Here at Renaissance Recovery, we provide personalized PHPs alongside inpatient and outpatient programs. While every addiction is different, and every PHP differs slightly, we’ll highlight today what you can expect to encounter if you fight back against substance use disorder through engaging with a partial hospitalization program.

What to Expect from Addiction Treatment In a PHP

When you undergo partial hospitalization program treatment for addiction, you’ll be medically monitored for the duration of the program.

You can expect MAT medication-assisted treatment if appropriate, with FDA-approved medications capable of alleviating some withdrawal symptoms, particularly in the case of alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder.

Alongside MAT, you’ll have access to a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy, such as CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or DBT (dialectical behavior therapy).

If you have a co-occurring mental health disorder, this can be attacked simultaneously through dual diagnosis addiction treatment. Anyone suffering from conditions like anxiety or depression will likely find this contributes toward substance abuse. With the right PHP, you can work on healing both disorders at the same time.


Medication-Assisted Treatment

Many clients struggling with psychiatric conditions self-medicate to better function in their daily lives.

Sadly, this self-medication is not only seldom effective, but also frequently leads to drug abuse, dependence, and ultimately addiction.

With this vicious cycle initiated, what counts is how you fight back.

Undertaking a partial hospitalization program can help you seek treatment for the underlying mental health condition while also attacking your dependence on drink or drugs.

If you know you have been self-medicating, let staff at the treatment center know about this right off the bat. This will allow them to more appropriately and closely monitor your health while administering any medication as needed.


A range of psychotherapies and behavioral therapies can be used to effectively treat addiction. These therapies are delivered alongside any medication required.

CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) helps you to identify the negative thought patterns that trigger poor behavior like abusing alcohol or drugs. You’ll also learn to formulate and implement healthy coping strategies so you can negotiate stressors without relapsing.

DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) is a specific form of CBT that helps you to better regulate your emotions, while again harnessing and actioning positive coping skills.

Individual Counseling

With individual counseling, you’ll explore the issues surrounding your substance abuse in depth.

As well as receiving personalized input from a counselor, you’ll also be able to set and chart goals to better motivate you throughout the early stages of recovery from addiction.

Group Sessions

While group sessions may not give you the focused attention you receive in individual counseling, you’ll benefit in other ways.

Being surrounded by peers grappling with the same fundamental issues can be inspiring and empowering. You can share experiences and insights into addiction while working hard to achieve the therapeutic goals you have in common.

Support Groups

Support groups are often a component of PHPs.

Within these informal groups, clients can freely discuss relevant personal issues pertaining to substance abuse. Access to these groups is ongoing, so you’ll get the support you need throughout all stages of your recovery

Fitness and Nutrition Guidance

The better you feel physically, the stronger and sharper you’ll feel mentally and emotionally.

Most people with an active addiction don’t eat the most healthy diet, and they don’t tend to exercise a great deal either.

Some PHPs incorporate sessions on health, fitness, and nutrition. Take advantage of these if you need a helping hand recalibrating your life.

Other Therapies

Many partial hospitalization programs provide access to a range of art therapies and adventure therapies that may be appropriate.

A  Typical Day in a PHP Program

PHPs are flexible by nature, but you can expect a rigid schedule with sessions of several hours held on weekdays. These are held between 9am and 3pm. Around these times, you’ll be able to take care of your responsibilities. You’ll spend each night at home.

During a typical day at PHP, you can expect to engage in the following:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Psychotherapy and Group Therapy
  • Mental illness treatment
  • Effective Symptom Management
  • Access to Outpatient Psychiatric Services

Individual Counseling

You’ll have ample opportunity to meet with a counselor and therapist on a one-to-one basis. During these sessions, you can probe deeply into the underpinning reasons for your substance abuse.

Psychotherapy and Group Counseling

If you feel like you’re the only one feeling the way you are as you detox and withdraw from drink or drugs, exposure to group counseling sessions will connect you with peers battling with the same demons.

During these sessions, you’ll have a chance to share tips and stories, while learning to live without the assistance of substances.

Effective Symptom Management

Are you burdened by a mental health disorder co-occurring with your addiction to alcohol or drugs?

If so, you’ll learn how to more effectively manage the symptoms associated with the condition during your time in a PHP before they become overwhelming.

Access to Outpatient Psychiatric Services

If you’re coping with detox and withdrawal while also facing up to new psychological issues demanding psychiatric intervention, this is possible with partial hospitalization programs.

You can meet regularly with a psychiatrist or mental health care professional. They will be able to monitor any medication you’re taking, as well as help alleviate any side effects. If side effects become too bothersome, they will recommend alternatives.

PHP Treatment for Addiction at Renaissance Recovery

If you have a mild alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder, a partial hospitalization program at Renaissance Recovery could bridge the gap neatly between inpatient and outpatient treatment.

You can undertake a PHP through Medicare if you’re concerned about financing rehab. It’s also possible to get treatment through insurance. We’ll discuss all your options with you so that you can comfortably take care of costs.

If you have the commitment to sobriety, self-discipline, and a stable, supportive home environment, engaging with a PHP at Renaissance Recovery is the best investment you can make in your long-term sobriety. Call us today at 866.330.9449 to get things started.866.330.9449

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Diana Vo, LMFT

Diana is an addiction expert and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years.

Joseph Gilmore

Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country