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Who may benefit from the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are a step up from intensive outpatient programs (IOP) and a step down from inpatient or residential treatment. PHP can be used as a transition back to normal life after an inpatient program, eventually tapering into outpatient treatment.

Day programs may be especially effective as a step down from a residential in-patient program. Short-term residential programs lay the foundation for recovery, but often do not provide enough time for complete healing. Partial hospitalization programs build on what was learned in residential treatment and continue the recovery process.


On the other end of the spectrum, some people in outpatient addiction treatment find that

they need more care and structure that is offered in an IOP. They may be advised by a medical professional to advance to a partial hospitalization program that monitors them more closely. PHP allows more time to explore and resolve issues related to addiction.

Someone may enter a PHP in order to avoid hospitalization if their addiction is too severe for the treatment level of an IOP. Since partial hospitalization allows people to live at home, it is more flexible than inpatient treatment. Some people do not want to enroll in an inpatient program because of the time commitment and higher cost.




The cost of treatment is a concern that keeps many people from seeking help. Partial hospitalization programs can be much less expensive than inpatient programs, given that they do not require room and board. For some people, outpatient care is the only affordable option. If they have a stable home environment and supportive family, they may be successful in a PHP.


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