When individuals begin searching for an addiction treatment program, they often assume they must choose between a residential facility and outpatient treatment that meets a couple of times a week. There is a third option – a partial hospitalization program (PHP) offers the monitoring and structure of a residential program by day, and safe housing options at night. PHP can offer the best of both worlds for people that need additional treatment and services but cannot commit to or are not qualified for a residential treatment program.

What is PHP?

A PHP is a highly structured treatment program that is typically held for most of the day, 6-7 days each week. The program offers approximately 20-30 hours of similar services and treatment as a residential program, including counseling, psychotherapy and structured activities. Patients have the ability to focus completely on their recovery while they are in the program all day, but head to a separate place at night, where they can safely house with others currently in treatment.

Who is a PHP for?

A PHP might be recommended for the following:

  • Individuals that are ready to leave residential treatment but not yet ready for outpatient services
  • Individuals that have less severe types of addiction to overcome
  • People that prefer a separate housing option so they are not in the treatment center 24/7
  • Those making progress in their recovery, but are not yet ready to live on their own
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