What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

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Clinically Reviewed By: Karen Williams, LPC
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.
If you are looking into substance abuse treatment for yourself or a loved one, you may have come across the term partial hospitalization program (PHP) and might be asking yourself what is a partial hospitalization program and how does it related to the rest of the treatment process. Let’s take a closer look at this form of treatment and how it can be beneficial to those who are looking to get help for addiction or even just mental health disorders.
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Partial Hospitalization Program Definition

A partial hospitalization program is a treatment program that offers help to clients five days out of the week for seven hours a day. Partial hospitalization is a step down from inpatient treatment and generally lasts between 45-90 days.

This type of treatment, considered outpatient, allows clients to continue their work, school, and social obligations while going through the treatment process and setting themselves up for success down the road.

If you are researching these things, you may be asking “well, what is partial hospitalization like?”

During treatment at a PHP for substance abuse, clients will be in a safe environment while they go through various therapy and treatment modalities to share emotions, address difficult memories, and work through negative thought processes.

It is worth noting that partial hospitalization programs are most effective after the detox process. It is important for the client’s mind and body to be free of substance before treatment programming begins.


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What is PHP in Mental Health?

While partial hospitalization programs are a part of the full continuum of care for drug and alcohol rehab centers, PHPs are also used to help those who are dealing with mental health disorders.

Partial hospitalization for mental health care offers clients outpatient psychiatric services that allow clients a more intensive treatment option compared to a therapist or doctor’s office but still allow clients to go home each night rather than stay overnight.

PHP programs for mental health can help clients overcome and deal with various mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, suicidal thoughts and ideation, and more.

Overall, these programs provide structured outpatient support to those who need it. For clients who need help with an addiction problem, treatment will be different than those only going for mental health. That said, there will likely be a lot of overlap, especially for those who are dealing with a dual diagnosis of both addiction and mental illness.

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Partial Hospitalization at Cornerstone Healing Center

Partial hospitalization programs are effective and important aspects of the full addiction treatment spectrum. If you or a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, it is important to get help as soon as possible.

If you are interested in learning more about a partial hospitalization program or want to better understand other aspects of the drug and alcohol addiction treatment process, please reach out to the Cornerstone Healing Center team today.





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Published On: 12/16/2021

Author: Susana Spiegel

Author: Susana Spiegel

Susana is a recovery, mental health, and addiction education enthusiast with other 7 years of experience in addiction recovery herself. Susana holds a Bachelor of Arts from GCU. She is anti-addiction stigma and believes that accurate and factual information is essential to beginning the recovery process.

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Clinical Reviewer: Karen Williams, LPC

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years experience. She not only specializes in addiction, but is in recovery as well. Karen is our clinical director.

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