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A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is the most intensive level of care available outside an inpatient or residential treatment facility. PHPs provide patients with comprehensive treatments, including counseling and medical care, if necessary.
Partial hospitalization programs help patients diagnosed with a substance use disorder (SUD), alcohol use disorder (AUD), mental health disorder, or a dual diagnosis (a SUD and co-occurring mental health disorder).
While the name can seem intimidating, a partial hospitalization program is simply an outpatient treatment program for individuals who need a higher level of care than standard outpatient programs can provide.
During inpatient and residential treatment programs, 100 percent of the program takes place at the facility. Patients eat, sleep, and undergo all treatment at the residency for the duration of their program (typically 30, 60, or 90 days).
During partial hospitalization programs, all of the treatment services take place at the facility; however, the patient returns home to sleep. Some programs provide food and transportation, but these services vary depending on the program.
Often, if a patient has completed an inpatient program, but still needs intensive care, a partial hospitalization program may be the next step.
The length of a partial hospitalization program depends entirely on the patient’s needs. It is an intensive, short-term treatment method that could last a couple of weeks to several months.
In a partial hospitalization program, the type, length, and intensity of treatments used depend on the needs of each client. Many factors determine a patient’s treatment plan, including the severity of their addiction, mental health status, and medical insurance coverage.
While the treatments and therapies may vary, there are five stages to the program that everyone can expect:
The most common services that partial hospitalization programs use include:
The people who benefit the most from partial hospitalization programs typically:
A partial hospitalization program will typically cost less than an inpatient program because you will not have to pay for room and board. They do cost more than traditional outpatient programs because of the additional services they provide.
The cost of a PHP will depend on several factors, including:
The average PHP will cost between $300 and $450 per day before insurance. However, many insurances will cover all or several of the treatments and reduce the out of pocket cost significantly.
Check with your insurance provider and the treatment facility to find out what the actual cost of the program will be. Treatment centers may also offer financial aid and payment options for anyone in need.
Finding a treatment center can seem like an overwhelming task. But it’s a necessary step on the road to recovery. In order to make sure you find the best treatment option, you’ll need to perform some research.
Here are some questions that you should ask to make sure the program is a good fit for you:
Anyone who is suffering from a substance use disorder deserves a chance to recover. We are committed to helping people find the right treatment option for themselves or their loved ones. If you have any questions, reach out to a health care specialist today.
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