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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) For Drug & Alcohol Disorder

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) acts as a bridge between inpatient and outpatient care. Rather than 24-hour clinical care, it offers structured substance abuse and mental health treatment for several hours a day, most days of the week. This approach can also help prevent the need for an inpatient stay.

After attending scheduled sessions throughout the day, patients are allowed to return home in the evenings. Drug screening is required to ensure patients remain compliant with the terms of the treatment program.

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How to Know if Partial Hospitalization is Needed

When seeking help for mental health or substance abuse disorders, it can be hard to know the level of care you need. The first step is usually a formal evaluation from the staff here at Magnified. The results of the evaluation help us recommend the correct program for each patient, and sets the path for a completely personalized program, for you or for your loved one. 

We typically recommend a partial hospitalization program for people who are:

  • Facing problems functioning at work or school
  • Medically stable
  • Receiving support at home
  • Not at risk for harming themselves or others
  • Dealing with mental health and substance abuse disorders at the same time
  • Committed to treatment participation

What to Expect from Partial Hospitalization

The exact details of a daily schedule in a PHP vary based on the patient’s personalized treatment plan. Magnified uses a variety of therapeutic techniques, with all certified mental health professionals in charge of every session and activity. 

Patients can expect to spend time in both one-on-one therapy and group therapy sessions. They’ll focus on building coping skills and receive psychoeducation, with the ultimate goal of staying in recovery. Periodic evaluations to assess progress are part of every treatment plan. For patients who require medication, a staff psychiatrist will handle medication management.

How Long Does Partial Hospitalization Last?

A partial hospitalization program is a short-term treatment. The ultimate goal is to empower the patient with the tools they need to move to a lower level of care, such as an intensive outpatient program, or outpatient program. 

There’s no clear program length since it varies for everyone. Some people may be able to complete their program within a few weeks, while others may require several months. The periodic evaluations ensure that each patient continues receiving the appropriate level of care to keep them on track with recovery.

Instead of focusing on the length of the program itself, we encourage our patients to focus on their treatment goals and doing the work it takes to achieve them. Recovery isn’t a race. Everyone is on a unique journey.

Partial Hospitalization For Substance Use Disorder & Mental Health

Our Partial Hospitalization Program utilizes multiple treatment approaches and skills which have tracks for mental health as well as substance use disorder.

Partial Hospitalization For Substance Use Disorder


Partial hospitalization is a great opportunity to continue developing skills that help develop the connection between thoughts, emotions, and actions. This level of care provides more freedom than inpatient rehab which allows individuals to have experiences, and sometimes even triggers that can be assessed and deconstructed during therapy. Developing relapse prevention techniques and mindfulness as well as distress tolerance at this stage of treatment is critically important.

Partial Hospitalization For Mental Health

It’s important to understand the treatment modalities for substance use disorder are different from polysubstance abuse with co-occurring mental health disorders or mental health primary diagnosis. Some of our mental health programs use the following therapies.


  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Anger Management
  • Crisis Management
  • Grief Work
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Problem Solving
  • Medication Management
  • Ketamine Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy

Find Help Through Our Partial Hospitalization Program

If you or someone you love is struggling with a mental health or substance abuse disorder, our staff is ready and waiting to help. With our multiple levels of care, no matter what brings you through our doors, you can start your journey to recovery with confidence. Much of our staff has been right where you are at some point or another. Our centers provide a safe, judgment-free environment to foster recovery. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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Magnified Health Systems aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.

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This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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