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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

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Rolling Hills Recovery Center Partial Care Program

Rolling Hills Recovery Center defines Partial Care as group therapy attendance of 5 hours a day, six days a week, and a minimum of weekly individual sessions. We conceptualize substance use disorders as a family disease. We will provide family counseling a minimum of two times per month based on the agreement of the client and family member (s). Clients will be assessed using a biopsychosocial instrument, NJSAMS, and the dimensions of the ASAM, PPC-II, to establish the appropriate level of care.


This will be accomplished with the client’s self-report and collateral data leading to a comprehensive picture of client needs. Within treatment, the clients coping skills will be identified, the client will be determined regarding concepts of substance use disorders, their stage of readiness will be established, Post- Acute Withdrawal issues will be identified and treated.


Partial Care will focus on education, skill development, stabilization, and documenting patterns of behavior and use. Rolling Hills will employ outcome tools to inform care. These tools will record presenting clinical issues entered into the treatment plan. The use of outcome tools will allow our staff to individualize treatment plans. We will develop treatment interventions based on the client’s clinical presentation, and at identified intervals, we will re-administer the outcome tool to track progress.

One of the most critical differences in treatment at Rolling Hills will be Clinical Supervision for counselor development and ensuring compassionate client care. Supervision will ultimately be responsible for guiding client care, e.g., using evidenced-based practices, protecting clients’ rights, confidentiality, and involvement in their primary care. The phrase from Partial Care to Intensive Outpatient Program will be based on the client’s progress toward individualized treatment plan goals. A client will remain compliant with treatment attendance and participation, demonstrating the ability to function in a less structured environment.

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP)

A more significant number of mental health provider visits and 12-step attendance in PHPs leads to abstinence at follow-up on alcohol treatment.

PHP is individual-based, customized, and tailored treatments with various therapeutic methods to achieve and maintain patient sobriety; these programs also form part of outpatient treatment. No single program looks the same for two patients though they may attend inpatient or outpatient programs. When it comes to alcohol and drug addiction, doctors usually diagnose a patient individually. The doctor might be forced to recommend PHP to treat the habit in some cases.

How PHP Works

At other times, PHPs are considered day programs and offer almost anything a patient might find in most outpatient programs. When most outpatient programs require the patient to spend at least 10-12 hours per week, PHPs require 30 hours per week. The patient will have to attend PHP for up to 5 days a week, from four to six hours a day, to reach 30 hours weekly.


PHP involves:

  • One-on-one therapy sessions

  • Group counseling

  • Access to a team of nutrition specialists and medical doctors


While you can attend a PHP as your initial phase of recovery, PHPs are usually step-down programs designed for patients who have completed inpatient rehab. Regularly, a patient gets out of rehab after an initial detox; the patient then goes to inpatient rehab for months before transitioning to either a PHP or outpatient treatment.


But again, remember that the stages of recovery look different from one patient to another, and there is no standardized approach for achieving and maintaining sobriety. When going to the clinic, the doctor initiates a treatment plan according to your needs and life circumstances, usually bringing out the best results; because they are tailored to meet your needs.

PHP offers the following services:



A Partial Hospitalization Program is the most intensive addiction treatment level available at an inpatient or residential treatment facility. While treatment and therapy vary from one patient to the other, expect the below five stages for everyone in the program:


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Expert Contributor

Dr. Williams presently serves on the board of Directors for two non-profit service organizations. He holds a Master’s degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, Philadelphia, Pa, and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute and University. In Cincinnati, Ohio. He is licensed to practice addictions counseling in both New Jersey and Connecticut and has a pending application as a practicing Psychologist in New Jersey.

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How PHP works
  • Will insurance cover drug and alcohol rehab?
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    Depending on your needs, treatment options for addiction vary from extensive medical detox to inpatient (or residential) care plans to less intensive outpatient ones. If your addiction is chronic or you are also grappling with a dual diagnosis, then long-term care at a residential facility is often the best option; but it is more costly. It's even more expensive when your situation necessitates the consultation of many specialists and the administration of costly drugs.
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Did You Know Rolling Hills Recovery Center Offers A Partial Care Program?

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Who Should Enroll?

Who should enroll

Good candidates for PHP require less intensive treatment protocols than one offered at an inpatient treatment and need more supervision that is not available in an outpatient program. Also, patients who need intense management but cannot stay at an onsite rehab center are potential PHP candidates. Women with children or caring for elderly relatives or loved ones may find it hard to attend an inpatient program. Hence, they benefit from a PHP, whereas the children and elderly are put under a part-time caregiver.


People with demanding jobs that can't spare lots of time for inpatient programs are also advised to enroll in a PHP since they can still maintain their work schedule in addiction treatment. However, certain factors might influence whether or not a patient benefits from a PHP, such as:


  • Inpatient rehab programs can disrupt your ability to work and hold down a job.

  • You have strong support networks outside rehab.

  • You are a primary caregiver.

  • Attending inpatient rehab will negatively impact your school or work.

  • You require close supervision that is not found in most outpatient models.

  • You have a stable job, transportation, and living arrangements outside rehab.

  • You experience mild to moderate withdrawal symptoms.


Also, people diagnosed with the following disorders are eligible for a PHP:

How Do I Find a Good Partial Hospitalization Program?

Finding a good PHP

Finding a good treatment center is usually an overwhelming task when you have no clue how to proceed. For effective research to find the best PHP option for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What types of addiction does the center treat?

  • What sorts of therapies does the center use?

  • What payment options does the center accept?

  • Does the center take insurance?

  • Do they provide a comprehensive aftercare and case management?

  • What patient policies does the center have?

  • Are their doctors ready to treat co-occurring disorders when necessary?

How Long Does a PHP Last?

How long does php last?

Generally, PHP has no set duration for how long a program might last and entirely depends on the patient. The schedule is flexible, with patients free to attend up to three or five days a week when they choose to do so. Sessions can range from four to six hours, with the program lasting a couple of weeks to a few months before the patient transitions into a less intensive outpatient program.


During PHP, patients go through detox and take medications to eliminate drug cravings or other withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal timeline varies from patient to patient depending on age, addiction severity, metabolic rate, and overall physical and mental health. After detox, patients access a team of doctors and therapists who address and alleviate anxiety, depression, and substance abuse symptoms.

The Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program

Benefits of PHP

There are several benefits connected with enrolling in a PHP apart from spending the evenings and weekends at home, including:


  • You can keep your job, continue studying and take care of your family due to the flexible nature of PHP.

  • You don't have to dig huge holes in your pockets; these programs are more cost-effective than inpatient care.

  • Since insurance may cover more sessions, you may receive consideration for a more extended period.

  • PHPs offer highly qualified specialists and experts, guaranteeing excellent and educative lessons.

  • PHP provides a slow and safe move from inpatient care to real life

  • You have consistent access to behavioral and medical health specialists such as doctors, nurses, psychologists, etc.

  • PHPs allow their patients to practice the skills learned in therapy to apply in the real world.

PHP vs. Inpatient (Residential) Programs

PHP vs. inpatient rehab

PHP is a form of outpatient treatment that caters to the needs of more severely addicted patients to drugs and alcohol who can't attend inpatient rehab. The outpatient treatment rehab is less disruptive to the patient's everyday life than an inpatient treatment program.


Though many patients with severe addiction can't attend inpatient rehab, which is effective and suitable for their conditions, people with caregiving tendencies and responsibilities are less likely to participate in an inpatient treatment program, however appropriate and effective the treatment might be. PHP is suitable under such circumstances; it gives its patients a higher level of care than standard outpatient rehabilitation.


Moreso, a patient in PHP, has access to a comprehensive treatment service that includes medical monitoring during the day and does not need to stay overnight in the facility; an ideal option for mothers who have to take care of their kids or people with demanding jobs.


On the other hand, inpatient and residential treatment programs involve conducting 100% of the program at the facility. For the duration of the program, patients eat, sleep and undergo treatment in the residency, whether the course is 30, 60, or 90 days.

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