A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is the intermediate level of care between full residential treatment and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). Treatment includes a variety of evidence-based modalities that address the patient’s substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health issues. Our treatment team provides support to patients and their families and develops a plan for time spent off-campus if appropriate.

The clinical team designs an individualized treatment plan that comprehensively addresses the addiction and mental health needs of PHP patients. They participate in group therapy based on various therapeutic modalities includingcognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), sensory modulation, as well as in individual and family therapy.

Acquiring the Tools Needed

Patients acquire relapse prevention tools, learn important life skills, and receive instruction on spiritual well-being, healthy boundaries, and honest communication. They learn how to process trauma, grief, and difficult emotions, utilizing mindfulness techniques and meditation among other strategies.

During partial hospitalization, patients are tested for drugs and alcohol regularly. We set strict parameters for what items patients are able to bring into the treatment environment and they are held to clear boundaries and expectations in terms of relationships and behaviors while on campus. The treatment team works with patients to identify key areas of strength as well as those areas which will become the focus of growth and healing. Our collaborative effort empowers our patients to heal, helping them develop the necessary tools to live a healthy, purposeful life without substance misuse.

PHP treatment is an opportunity for SUD patients to experience sobriety in their community outside of the 24-hour care provided in residential inpatient treatment. Patients in PHP may use support by their family and outside groups more than those in the residential programs but still have access to the more intense therapies and lessons.

PHP Accommodations 

Recovery Ways offers on campus living arrangements for patients when needed. We focus on developing positive interpersonal relations, social activities and other independent living skills critical to success post-treatment.

Recovery Ways offers apartment-style living where clients share the apartment with up to 2 other clients but provides a private bedroom and bathroom for each individual staying with us. We focus on developing independent living skills critical to success post-treatment, working with patients on how to create a household  budget, or make healthy choices when grocery shopping and cooking.

Determining the Right Level of Care 

An extensive assessment will determine which level of care—residential, PHP, or IOP—is appropriate for each individual patient. Based on that assessment, a licensed therapist will develop with each patient an individualized treatment plan to address their specific recovery needs. 

Partial hospitalization is not the right level of care for everyone. Patients who are a danger to themselves or others, have a history of relapse, face a toxic home environment, or cannot rely on outside group support should not consider this program as their primary level of treatment. 

People addicted to heroin or other opioids tend to do better when they start their recovery in a residential program, for example. The Recovery Ways professionals will listen carefully to their patients, however, we want their efforts at recovery to succeed and if we think this is not the right level of care we will let you know. Our team will help patients establish a plan with defined milestones to help them measure their success and stay motivated. 

Lengths of stay for people treated in this program depends on where they are in their recovery. A PHP could also be used as a step-down level of care for patients who began their recovery in residential treatment.