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No two people are alike. As a result, when it comes to addiction treatment, what might work for one person might not necessarily work for another. That’s why treatment plans are custom-made for each person and their unique needs instead of “one-size-fits-all.”

While most treatment plans fall under the categories of inpatient or outpatient treatment, sometimes a person’s treatment needs don’t fully fit in either category.

For those people who don’t need inpatient treatment, but need a slightly higher level of care than outpatient provides, a partial hospitalization program might be the perfect treatment option.

What Is A Partial Hospitalization Program?

Also known as a day treatment program, a partial hospitalization program combines aspects of both inpatient and outpatient treatment to create a unique program for those that don’t require 24-hour inpatient monitoring but also need a little more care and attention than a standard outpatient program offers.

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Partial hospitalization programs offer the structure and medical care of an inpatient program while allowing the person in the program to live at home and come to the facility for treatment like they would with an outpatient program.

At MPower, our partial hospitalization program consists of five-hour sessions five days a week. These groups are broken up into manageable pieces and breaks are provided to give individuals a chance to process and stretch their legs. Those who participate in our partial hospitalization program have the option of living on their own, with friends, family, or loved ones, or at a sober living facility. If you are unsure how to get into a sober living facility, MPower wellness will assist and make referrals. 

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Who Is Partial Hospitalization (PHP) For?

Not everyone requires 24-hour monitoring and care while living at a treatment facility. At the same time, some people need a little more care and attention than is offered in outpatient treatment. For those people who find themselves in a unique position where neither inpatient nor outpatient treatment quite fits their needs, they might benefit from a partial hospitalization program. Partial hospitalization programs are also a great way to step down from a stay in an inpatient program. 

Before beginning any type of treatment program, you will sit down with one of our treatment professionals who will evaluate you and determine which type of treatment program is best for you and your needs.

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is designed for those who typically meet the following criteria:

  • Have a safe and supportive home environment
  • Are self-motivated to get the help that they need
  • Are not at risk of self-harm or harming others
  • Struggling with their substance abuse
  • Are medically stable
  • Are experiencing co-occurring disorders
  • Are able to commit to the daily requirements of the program

In some cases, additional care might be necessary after completing an inpatient treatment program while you make the transition back to your daily life. In those circumstances, a partial hospitalization program might be recommended.

How Long Is a Typical Partial Hospitalization Program?

Out of all of our addiction treatment programs in Philadelphia, PHPs are designed to be short-term treatment options. The ultimate goal of a partial hospitalization program is to get you the care that you need so that you can improve your condition enough to transition into a lower level of care such as an outpatient program.

As a result, the average partial hospitalization program lasts anywhere from 2-3 weeks. During that time you will undergo intense daily treatment in order to reach a point where you can move on to a standard outpatient program as you continue your recovery journey.

What Conditions are PHPs Designed To Treat?

The great thing about a partial hospitalization program is that it is effective in treating many of the same mental health and substance abuse issues that both inpatient and outpatient programs do.

Some of the mental health conditions that our partial hospitalization program in Philadelphia is effective in treating include:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma

Additionally, our partial hospitalization programs can be used to treat many of the following substance use disorders as well:

  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Prescription drugs
  • Opioids
  • Benzos
  • Heroin
  • Meth

What Can I Expect From Partial Hospitalization?

A partial hospitalization program incorporates many of the more structured elements of an inpatient program, without the requirement of having to live at the facility during treatment.

With a PHP, you have access to many of the same services that are offered to those in inpatient treatment including access to medical care and medication management. You will also participate in many of the same therapy and treatment programs that those in inpatient treatment are participating in.

At MPower, we offer the following treatment and therapy options for those participating in our partial hospitalization program in Philadelphia:

Where Does Partial Hospitalization Fit in the Recovery Process?

For many, partial hospitalization is the treatment program they enter into. Regardless of the treatment program that you ultimately choose, no treatment program should begin before first successfully completing detox treatment.

Detoxing is done in order to rid the body of all the harmful substances that are in it so that the brain and body can begin the healing process. Detoxing can be dangerous if it is not done under the care and supervision of trained medical professionals. As a result, detoxing should be done at either a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center that also offers detox services. Attempting to self-detox can lead to an increased risk of relapse in addition to the development of possibly fatal medical conditions.

For those who chose to enter into a PHP as their main treatment program, you will begin your partial hospitalization program once you have completed detox.

In some cases, a partial hospitalization program is recommended as a transition program once inpatient treatment has been completed. This is typically recommended for those who have finished inpatient treatment but still require a higher level of care than what is offered in outpatient treatment. If you fall into this category, you will continue your treatment but will be able to go back to living on your own at either your own house or at a sober living facility.

What Are Some of the Benefits of a PHP?

Not every type of treatment is ideal for every person in recovery. That being said, for those who can benefit from a partial hospitalization program, a PHP comes with many benefits.

PHPs provide many of the same benefits that an inpatient program does with one major difference. Unlike inpatient treatment, a PHP allows you to live at home and only come to the facility to go to your therapy sessions and other classes. This allows you to maintain a relatively normal life and still be able to take care of any daily commitments you may have such as work or school and spend a lot more time with your family.

Partial hospitalization programs provide access to an elevated level of care similar to that of an inpatient program. Those participating in a PHP have access to various therapy sessions, medication management, and other healthcare services that are not typically offered with outpatient treatment.

With a partial hospitalization program, since you aren’t living at the facility, the cost of treatment is typically lower than that of an inpatient program. For those who are paying for treatment out-of-pocket or for those whose insurance plan does not cover inpatient treatment or only covers it partially, partial hospitalization can be a much more affordable alternative without sacrificing many of the same services that inpatient treatment offers.



Find out more about the services available at MPower Wellness and start on your path to recovery.