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Does Partial Hospitalization Work?

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Medically Reviewed By: Diana Vo, LMFT

May 9, 2024

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Article at a Glance

  • Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) provide intensive outpatient treatment, offering therapeutic services similar to inpatient care without overnight stays
  • PHP is effective for individuals transitioning from inpatient treatment or those needing structured support, blending therapy, medical care, and structured activities
  • Success in PHP depends on the individual's commitment, the severity of their condition, and the comprehensive nature of the program, including aftercare planning

A PHP (partial hospitalization program) is a highly structured addiction and mental health treatment program. Partial hospitalization is the most intensive level on the addiction treatment continuum of care outside of residential rehab. 

Partial hospitalization treatment involves therapy sessions for several hours each day on between three and five weekdays. Unlike inpatient rehab, people return home or to sober living communities between therapy sessions. Offering many of the same evidence-based treatments as inpatient rehab, do partial hospitalization programs work in all cases? Read on to learn more about this structured but flexible approach to addiction recovery. 

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Are Partial Hospitalization Programs Effective?

A substantial body of research supports the effectiveness of partial hospitalization programs for addiction recovery. One benchmark study found that PHPs are effective both in preventing future hospitalizations and reducing the length of those that occur. Researchers found that people engaging with PHPs reported higher levels of treatment satisfaction and quality of life than those participating in inpatient treatment. Findings also show that PHP programs do not leave a person more susceptible to relapse or readmission either. 

Other research shows that those receiving partial hospitalization acute treatment were highly satisfied with treatment and at no increased risk of relapse compared to those who chose inpatient rehab. 

PHPs, then, have many benefits. These include: 

  • Tailored treatment plans: Partial hospitalization programs provide personalized treatment plans that are tailored to meet individual needs. The duration of treatment enables people to engage with a full range of therapeutic interventions.
  • Comprehensive care: PHPs offer a comprehensive approach to treatment. Expect access to group therapy, individual counseling, family therapy, medication management, skills-building and psychoeducational classes, relapse prevention training, and holistic interventions. This multidisciplinary approach treats the whole person rather than only the symptoms of addictions or mental health conditions, leading to better and more sustainable outcomes.
  • Streamlining transition from inpatient rehab to sober living: Partial hospitalization programs can be the first engagement with treatment for some people. Others step down to a PHP from inpatient rehab. Transitioning from inpatient to intensive outpatient treatment helps many people ease into sober living with support and structure rather than rushing a return to independent living and risking relapse.
  • Flexibility, accessibility, and affordability: Partial hospitalization treatment is highly beneficial for people with busy schedules and personal or professional commitments which they’re unable to put on hold for a month or more. Not only do PHPs offer the most flexible and accessible path to addiction recovery, but they also cost much less than inpatient rehab due to the lack of residential component – the hospitalization aspect describes day therapy sessions at a rehab center rather than overnight stays.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment at Renaissance Recovery

If you feel that you or someone that you care about would benefit from a more intensive type of outpatient treatment, choose partial hospitalization treatment at Renaissance Recovery in Huntington Beach, California. 

Our PHP represents the most intensive level of care outside of residential rehab, delivering many of the benefits of inpatient programs without the cost or the inflexibility. Partial hospitalization programs at Renaissance enable you to meet your everyday commitments without compromising your recovery. 

Following supervised detoxification from drugs, alcohol, or prescription medications, you’ll attend weekday therapy sessions at our luxury beachside facility around your existing commitments. Due to the unique aspect of all addictions, treatment plans at Renaissance are highly personalized. You can access a blend of complementary and evidence-based therapies during PHP that may include:


  • Psychotherapies (CBT and DBT) 
  • Motivational therapies (contingency management)
  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment)
  • One-to-one counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Holistic therapies
  • Aftercare planning 

For effective and compassionate partial hospitalization treatment, call Renaissance at 866.330.9449.



At Renaissance Recovery our goal is to provide evidence-based treatment to as many individuals as possible. Give us a call today to verify your insurance coverage or to learn more about paying for addiction treatment.

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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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