Partial hospitalization is the highest level of care available outside of inpatient or residential treatment.

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) provides intensive treatment for substance use disorder and/or behavioral health issues without requiring an overnight stay.

People with addiction choose partial hospitalization programs as a treatment option because they are not required to spend weeks isolated from their families, but can instead benefit from their support during treatment. Not all patients are in the same situation, however, or have the same needs, so PHPs are not the best treatment option for all patients. Only a careful assessment can determine what treatment is required to meet the needs of the patient.

PHPs are designed for patients who want intensive addiction treatment, but more flexibility and the ability to return home in the evening. Typically, PHP patients spend several hours on weekdays at the facility participating in a structured schedule that’s personalized to the individual needs of patients.

A PHP could also be the first step-down level of care following residential treatment. Once patients have stabilized medically in detox and behaviorally during residential rehab, they could continue in a partial hospitalization program. At this point in their recovery, they no longer require 24-hour nursing care or daily medical visits and are beginning to work on their reintegration into the community. Once they are making good progress during partial hospitalization, they may transfer to an intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Encore’s partial hospitalization program bundles a variety of outpatient services, providing structured programming while maintaining the ability to customize care. These programs meet the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) level 2.5 and 2.1 criteria for PHP and IOP services.