Does Partial Hospitalization Work?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

November 17, 2023

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partial hospitalization program (PHP) is a highly structured mental health and addiction program that operates for several hours each day, three to five days each week. You can participate in scheduled treatment sessions due the day and then return home each evening. This program gives you more independence than a residential treatment program, but more structure and commitment than an outpatient treatment program.

A PHP offers many of the same treatments as a residential program. You have access to individual, group, and family therapy, evidence-based treatment, and holistic treatment. Treatment can last for 30, 60, or 90 days with follow-up from aftercare programs. A PHP is ideal if you can manage your addiction or mental health issue at home but need counseling throughout the day.

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Are You a Candidate for a Partial Hospitalization Program?

It is difficult to assess the type of addiction treatment you may need for your condition. Addiction treatment programs include assessments that help treatment specialists identify the nature and severity of your addiction. From there, they can recommend the proper level of treatment. A partial hospitalization program maybe your best option if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  • You are motivated to get treatment for your condition.
  • You have a healthy and supportive home environment.
  • You are medically stable.
  • You are not at risk of harming yourself or others.
  • You have difficulty functioning at home, school, or work.

What Can You Expect from a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A PHP includes individual and group therapy, skill-building, and psychoeducation, with follow-ups and routine evaluations. You will be working directly with a licensed therapist who will conduct most of your sessions. If you require medication-assisted treatment (MAT), you will meet with a psychiatrist to determine what type of medication is appropriate for your condition.

You may participate in a variety of therapies that include:

Most programs last one to six months with opportunities to continue your therapy after the initial is complete. There are also aftercare programs available such as support groups or alumni programs. Check with your local substance abuse treatment center to see what is available for you.

What Are the Benefits of PHP?

There are several reasons why a partial hospitalization program is best for you. First, you can return home each evening. Being home with a supportive family can encourage you to continue your treatment and work on your recovery. Second, PHP is a more affordable form of addiction treatment than a residential treatment program. You can save thousands of dollars in on-site facility and amenity costs.

Another benefit of a PHP is that you get the same quality care as you do in residential treatment. You are still exposed to a high-level treatment that includes relapse prevention, holistic therapy, specialized therapy, and support groups. If necessary, you can also participate in family therapy sessions to work through conflicts in the home.

If you have co-occurring disorders, you can receive dual diagnosis treatment for each condition. For instance, if you struggle with addiction and depression, you can get treatment that helps you manage the symptoms of depression while recovering from addiction.

How Long Does Partial Hospitalization Last?

Most partial hospitalization programs involve therapy sessions schedule on three to five weekdays, typically for around six hours each day over a period of one month. This is the most intensive form of treatment outside of residential rehab.

According to data from CMS (Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services), most people remain in a PHP for between three and four weeks.

Research suggests that five-day PHPs do not provide a firm enough foundation for ongoing recovery.

The primary goal of a partial hospitalization program is to prepare you to engage with a less intensive level of care. As such, PHPs are time-limited programs.

They are not designed for extended periods of treatment. In most cases, though, a drug and alcohol rehab will allow you to engage with a PHP for as long as you need until you feel ready to step down to an IOP (intensive outpatient program) or an OP (traditional outpatient program).

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Joseph Gilmore has been in the addiction industry for three years with experience working for facilities all across the country. Connect with Joe on LinkedIn.

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