Partial hospitalization programs (or PHP for short) are treatment programs in which patients live at home. This is distinguished from inpatient or residential programs, in which addicts, alcoholics or those who need treatment reside at the facility itself. At the same time, they receive care at a rehab facility that is frequent and intensive in nature.
Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)
PHP is a balanced middle-ground between fully inpatient and fully outpatient programs, combining the intensity, frequency and structure of the former option with the adaptability of the latter one.
How Partial Hospitalization Works
The curriculum of PHP is much like inpatient treatment centers, lasting a full work day (generally about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.). They are more frequent than the less intense outpatient and may be held all 5 days of the week. At the same time, patients live at home, much like traditional outpatient programs. They are supervised and provided with structure during the timeframe of the partial hospitalization program, but living at home between sessions affords none of the supervision or structure of a treatment center.
Who is Partial Hospitalization For?
PHP may be a standalone program, or it may follow a residential program. It is often used to phase out patients from the most intensive to least intensive stages in treatment (i.e. from inpatient to outpatient and sober living).
As a standalone program, PHP is beneficial to addicts and alcoholics who may not feel comfortable leaving their home environment. There are innumerable scenarios that this applies to, such as those who need to take care of their ill relative or have other responsibilities at home. Others may simply feel uncomfortable taking such a drastic step toward living inpatient. However, it must be noted that it is extremely important to venture outside of your comfort zone when it comes to addiction treatment.