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Partial hospitalization programs (PHPs) offer an intermediate, structured level of care for addiction treatment that provides a transition between inpatient programs and other types of outpatient treatment. At Guardian Recovery, our PHP programs are a vital component of our full continuum of care, which is designed to comprehensively address substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues.

Our team of licensed professionals is dedicated to developing effective, personalized recovery plans that fully address the needs and goals of those we treat. By combining holistic approaches with evidence-based therapies, we ensure that each individual is provided with the tools and support necessary for achieving sobriety and sustaining long-lasting health and wellness.

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What Is a PHP Substance Use Treatment Program?

PHP is an intermediate but structured level of care that serves as a step down in intensity from inpatient programs, which require that individuals remain at a facility 24/7 while receiving care and support. PHP, also sometimes referred to as a day program, may be appropriate for those who require a higher level of care than intensive outpatient (IOP) and standard outpatient programs (OP). 

PHP may be recommended after individuals have completed medical detox or inpatient treatment and can still benefit from a high level of support.

How Do PHP Rehab Programs Differ from Other Levels of Care?

PHP programs differ from other levels of care in terms of intensity, structure, duration of participation, flexibility, and residential versus outpatient formats.

PHPs provide treatment for several hours during the day and allow individuals to return home for overnight stays. Inpatient programs require an around-the-clock commitment, whereas IOPs typically meet a few hours per day, multiple days a week. OPs meet less often than IOPs, sometimes only once a week or less. All types of programs vary in duration but they often last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

Inpatient treatment is the most intensive and structured in terms of routine, followed by PHP. IOPs provide a significantly higher degree of flexibility, allowing individuals the opportunity to transition back into their daily lives and resume obligations to work, family, etc. Outpatient programs offer complete independence and require full accountability from participants.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) vs. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

PHP and IOP are both outpatient treatment programs that provide intensive therapeutic care and support for individuals struggling with substance use issues. The choice between PHP and IOP is ideally based on the individual’s level of need for care and support. Other factors include the degree of flexibility they require to attend to outside responsibilities, as well as personal preference.

Both programs include evidence-based therapies, services, and activities that encompass a holistic approach meant to meet each person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. However, PHPs do provide significantly more medical oversight, such as health monitoring and coordination with psychiatric services.

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How Can a PHP for Rehab & Recovery Help Someone With Addiction?

At Guardian Recovery, the fundamental goals of our evidence-based addiction treatment programs are to provide clinical care and emotional support to individuals seeking to attain abstinence from substances and ensure they learn the coping skills they’ll need to help them maintain sobriety in the real world. 

PHPs achieve these goals by offering intensive day care and the ability to spend nights at home and with loved ones. Overall, PHPs assist individuals in addiction recovery by educating them on how to identify and address the underlying factors that contribute to their substance misuse. In addition, they learn how to implement healthier ways of dealing with stress and emotional issues than the dysfunctional methods they are currently using. 

Similar to inpatient treatment, PHP helps individuals through various effective approaches and in numerous ways.

Components & Benefits of PHPs Include:

  • Detox Support—Detox includes 24/7 medical monitoring and support, combined with medication administration to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Continuation of Intensive Therapy—Access to individual, group, and family therapy sessions on a regular basis.
  • Access to Psychiatric Services—Recurring sessions with a psychiatrist, which is especially beneficial for those struggling with dual diagnosis disorders.
  • Continuation of Relapse Prevention Training—Ongoing learning on identifying and managing personal relapse triggers.
  • Strong Emphasis on the Development of Life Skills—A focus on instilling clients with the life skills they need to thrive on their own once treatment is completed.
  • Experiential Activities—Inclusion of holistic strategies intended to treat overall physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness, including art, music, and yoga therapy.
  • Ability To Process Experiences in a Therapeutic Setting—The ability to process challenging experiences outside of treatment with a licensed psychiatrist or peers.
  • Peer Support—Peers share experiences and offer each other encouragement, helping them to improve their communication skills and foster healthy friendships.
  • Intermediary Amount of Personal Freedom—A step-down process to facilitate the transition from inpatient treatment back into the real world, which can significantly reduce the risk of relapse.
  • Gradual Reintegration Back Into Independent Living—A gradual return to the real world instead of a rapid transition that can cause significant stress.

Who Are Addiction Treatment PHP Programs for?

PHPs for addiction treatment are tailored to individuals who need significant care for substance use issues but do not require round-the-clock inpatient treatment. They are also suitable for those transitioning from inpatient care or those who require more structure than IOP or regular outpatient care can provide. Additionally, PHPs can be especially beneficial for those struggling with co-existing mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, as they comprehensively address these conditions and focus on each person’s overall mental and emotional well-being.

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What To Expect During a Substance Use PHP Program

  • A comprehensive assessment, including interviews, is performed by a psychiatrist or other professional who collects specific details about the individual, their history, the duration and severity of their substance use, and many other facts. An integrated team of behavioral health specialists use this information and work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that takes into account each individual’s specific needs and goals.

    Daily schedules are highly structured and consist of various therapies and activities. These can include one-on-one and group therapy sessions, education about substance use disorders, coping strategies, and relapse prevention techniques. Holistic practices, such as meditation and yoga, are also incorporated into treatment, which are designed to promote overall wellness. 

    If applicable, psychiatrists can prescribe, manage, and adjust medication regimes. Finally, aftercare plans are constructed to ensure individuals have access to ongoing therapeutic care and support.

    Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches & Therapies May Include:

How Long Do Addiction Treatment Partial Hospitalization Programs Last?

The duration of PHPs can vary according to the individual’s specific needs and treatment progress. Generally speaking, these programs can take a few weeks to months to complete. The individual’s treatment team determines how long the person should stay in a PHP based on the initial assessment and ultimately their readiness to transition to less intensive levels of care. The final decision may also include the individual’s need for flexibility and personal preferences.

What To Look for When Choosing a PHP Program for Treatment

When choosing the ideal PHP for you or your loved one, there are several important factors to consider.

Qualities To Look for in a Program Include:

  • A group of highly qualified and experienced professionals oversees the program.
  • Similar services to those offered in inpatient treatment.
  • Help is provided for sober living placement if needed.
  • Individuals are assisted in making a smooth transition back into fully independent living.
  • Your insurance is accepted or the program has additional coverage options, such as self-pay or private pay.
  • A location in a recovery-rich community close to affiliated or reputable sober living homes.
  • Additional services you may need are provided, such as dual diagnosis treatment or medication management.

Reach Out Today To Learn More About PHP

Addiction is a progressive and potentially devastating disease that often requires comprehensive treatment to overcome. Contact us today and speak to one of our treatment advisors, who can help you determine whether our PHP or another program may be most appropriate for your personal circumstances.

At Guardian Recovery, we embrace a set of visionary values that includes best-in-class facilities, clinically exceptional treatment, and industry-leading health providers, and behavioral health experts. We encourage you to reach out to us to receive a free, no-obligation health insurance benefits check, learn more about our PHPs, and begin your recovery journey.

Reviewed professionally for accuracy by:

Ryan Soave


Ryan Soave brings deep experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, certified trauma therapist, program developer, and research consultant for Huberman Lab at Stanford University Department of Neurobiology. Post-graduation from Wake Forest University, Ryan quickly discovered his acumen for the business world. After almost a decade of successful entrepreneurship and world traveling, he encountered a wave of personal and spiritual challenges; he felt a calling for something more. Ryan returned to school and completed his Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. When he started working with those suffering from addiction and PTSD, he found his passion. He has never looked back.


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