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Is There a Difference Between Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs for Substance Abuse?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Tuesday, 29, September 2020

Intensive outpatient drug rehab and partial hospitalization programs are similar, but there are some differences. Partial hospitalization programs provide treatment to patients for up to six to eight hours per day for five to seven days per week. An intensive outpatient facility will offer treatment for three to six hours per day for three to five days per week. Both programs can be used as a step-down service for addicts who have completed an inpatient treatment center. This would often be part of the aftercare treatment to help them work on their sobriety. Both types of programs are administered during the day, with the patient returning home at the end of each day.

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Partial hospitalization programs are good for clients who still need some medical care but do not require 24-hour medical treatment. It is also not uncommon for some patients to leave residential rehab, go to a PHP, and then step down to an intensive outpatient program. Much of the same therapy and counseling are offered to help patients. Family therapy programs are provided through both types of treatment. Detox is also provided through both types of services, with partial hospitalization offering more medical care. The therapy and counseling being delivered will help address the underlying issues and reasons why someone became addicted to drugs. Aftercare and discharge plans are also established once the patient finishes treatment.


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