Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab Treatment: What It Is and What to Expect

Partial hospitalization program rehab treatment aims to comprehensively treat substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues.

How Black Horse Health Can Help You With Our Partial Hospitalization Program

At Black Horse Health, we understand how overwhelming it can be to start the rehab process. We know that in 2021 alone, 94% of individuals over the age of 12 with a substance use disorder (SUD) did not receive the resources needed for recovery.

We are committed to challenging that statistic. Our team of skilled and compassionate specialists have over 100 years of combined experience, and we are committed to helping you or your loved one lead a fulfilling life by providing comprehensive rehab treatment through our partial hospitalization program.

With holistic wellness services including medical detox, regular monitoring, and evidence-based therapies, we will create a path to recovery that best meets your unique set of symptoms.

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Learn more about our partial hospitalization program, other treatment opportunities, and how our Black Horse Health team of specialists can help you heal in this comprehensive article.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for more information or to begin your path to wellness today.

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Introduction to Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab Treatment

Partial hospitalization program rehab is an intensive mental health treatment program. It addresses symptoms of substance use disorders, mental health conditions, or both. This type of program is helpful to individuals who need intensive therapy but do not need 24/7 medical supervision.1

More than 1 in 5 adults in the United States have mental health disorders. Partial hospitalization program rehab treatment is usually recommended for these individuals when there is a reasonable expectation of improvement. It is also recommended when full hospitalization is not required.2

Objectives and Goals of Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab

There are specific objectives and goals that a partial hospitalization program (PHP) helps individuals achieve. These goals will vary depending on the needs and circumstances of the patient.

These goals and objectives may include:
  • Providing therapy and treatment peculiar to a patient’s needs
  • Teaching skills essential for relapse prevention while enhancing coping mechanisms
  • Improving psychological well-being through therapy and medications
  • Providing psychoeducation to help patients better understand addiction, mental health, and their recovery
  • Collaborating with family to help create a supportive and healthy home environment
  • Help individuals transition into less intensive levels of care to aid continued recovery

Benefits of Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab

Partial hospitalization program rehab treatment offers several significant benefits for individuals seeking help for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.
At Black Horse Health, our PHP provides key benefits, which include the following:

Flexible Scheduling

Unlike inpatient programs, which can be restrictive, partial hospitalization program rehab provides flexibility. A PHP allows patients to attend therapy and treatment sessions and then return home on the same day.
A PHP is especially beneficial for individuals with work, school, and family responsibilities. The flexibility of a PHP also makes the transition to daily life easier after treatment.

Personalized Treatment Plan

Rehabilitation through a partial hospitalization program is customized to each patient’s unique needs. A personalized treatment plan ensures that the individual receives the necessary care. Our professionals at Black Horse Health carry out assessments to determine the treatment needed.

Intensive Treatment

Partial hospitalization program rehab offers intensive treatment and therapy for individuals with moderate to severe disorders. Even though it is not a 24-hour hospitalization, its intensity still provides significant progress in managing mental health and substance use disorders.

Structured Environment

Partial hospitalization program rehab provides a structured environment. Like inpatient care, it creates a daily schedule for patients.
Daily schedules during PHP rehab help individuals establish a routine and provide stability. A structured environment during the day helps strengthen resilience when patients return home.

How PHP Provides an Intermediate Level of Care

Partial hospitalization program rehab combines the intensity and structure of inpatient treatment with the flexibility and independence of outpatient care.
The partial hospitalization program rehab at Black Horse Health can provide intensive therapy, medical attention, detox, and medication management. Our PHP also provides daily treatment procedures that equip our patients with the skills to maintain treatments in the comfort of their homes.
The balance between inpatient and outpatient treatment procedures makes a PHP a valuable and effective treatment option for individuals seeking recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders.

Who Can Take Part in a PHP?

Individuals who suffer from mild to moderate symptoms of substance use and mental health disorders often benefit the most from a PHP. It is also effective for individuals who have finished an inpatient program but still need structured treatment.
According to the American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM), there are guidelines for those who need treatment and how they can get the treatment they need.
These guidelines outline various criteria for how to assess these individuals, which includes:3
  • The individual or patient’s level of intoxication or withdrawal potential
  • The patient’s health history and current well-being
  • The individual’s mental health history and current mental health needs
  • The individual’s readiness and motivation to change
  • Risk of relapse or continued use potential
  • The patient’s living situation or environment, along with their support system

Disorders and Addictions Addressed by PHP Rehab

At Black Horse Health Institute, our PHP rehab helps address a wide range of disorders and addiction issues, including but not limited to:
  • Substance Use Disorders: These substances may include alcohol, cocaine, amphetamine, opioids, cannabis, fentanyl, or polysubstance use    
  • Co-Occurring Disorders: This is when substance abuse is accompanied by a mental health disorder, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Process Addictions: This can include addictions such as gambling and compulsive overeating 

Treatment Options Offered During PHP Treatment

Partial hospitalization program rehab treatment offers various treatment options for substance use disorders, co-occurring mental health issues, and related symptoms. Each treatment option is tailored to the individual’s needs and challenges.
Our PHP treatment options at Black Horse Health Institute are designed to assist patients work through symptoms and comprehensively heal. Treatment options at Black Horse Health Institute may include:

Individual Counseling

During PHP treatment, one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed therapist or counselor are encouraged. It provides a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings.
It also helps identify behaviors contributing to substance use and mental health issues. Counseling helps individuals identify underlying issues and develop healthy and sustainable coping strategies.

Group Therapy

Group therapy brings together individuals with similar challenges. It is a way for patients to support and learn from one another. During these sessions, trained therapists teach relapse prevention, communication skills, and emotional regulation.

Family Therapy

Family therapy during treatment can help address family dynamics and communication. It also addresses the potential impact of mental health disorders on the family. Family members learn how to support their loved ones during relapse and treatment.

Medication Management

Incorporating medications into treatment procedures can aid recovery. Our professionals assess the need for medications and track their effectiveness. Medications may enable PHP participants to get the most out of their treatment and treat underlying symptoms.


During PHP rehab, educational workshops and sessions provide individuals with a better understanding of their addiction, mental health issues, and recovery strategies. These workshops build and encourage awareness. They also equip individuals with knowledge to make informed choices.4

Relapse Prevention

PHP rehab may also include relapse prevention awareness. Individuals learn to identify high-risk situations and early warning signs of relapse. They also learn and practice how to avoid or deal with relapse during treatment.

Aftercare Planning

Preparing individuals for life after a PHP is essential. This planning helps create a sustainable and supportive recovery plan. Aftercare planning may include transitioning to lower levels of care, like outpatient treatment. Aftercare planning also aids in the transition into the environment and daily life.

Comparing Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab Treatment With Other Forms of Care

Although all types of rehab treatment programs seek to aid individuals with their recovery, slight differences do exist among the options available to patients.
Here is a comparison of some of the qualities of the most common treatment programs:

Setting and Environment

In partial hospitalization program rehab treatment, patients can take part in therapy and other activities during the day before going home. Inpatient rehab, in contrast, offers around-the-clock care. Patients live in the treatment center and are under 24-hour supervision.
Also, while a PHP calls for daily therapy sessions and treatment, outpatient care calls for therapy only at scheduled times. However, patients are still allowed to continue living at home and continue their daily lives.

Intensity of Treatment

Although partial hospitalization program rehab treatment is an intermediate level of care, it is still an intensive treatment. PHP rehab treatment may happen five days a week.
However, inpatient rehab is the most intensive level of care, with 24/7 supervision and care. Outpatient care is the least intensive, with only generally one to three sessions a week.

Duration of Treatment

Depending on each person’s development and needs, PHP rehab often runs only for a few weeks to a few months. Inpatient therapy, however, can take between 30-90 days or even longer. Traditional outpatient care can be ongoing, depending on individual progress and treatment goals.

Severity of Patient’s Condition

The severity of the patients also determines the type of treatment program of use. PHP or outpatient rehab may suit individuals with mild to moderate challenges, but for individuals with severe conditions, inpatient rehabilitation may be advised.

How Does PHP Treatment Provide a Safe and Controlled Treatment Environment?

Partial hospitalization programs provide a safe and controlled treatment environment through several key features and strategies, which generally include:
  • Operating a structured daily schedule: A daily schedule establishes a sense of stability and predictability for the patient.
  • Availability of medical professionals on-site during treatment: Medical professionals help with issues like medication management or emergencies. 
  • Encouraging group therapy sessions: This provides opportunities for peer support and holistic  care.
  • Having trained therapists: Therapists can provide guidance during treatment. They also provide safe spaces for individuals to explore feelings.  

Is Moving From a PHP Rehab to a Less Intensive Program Possible?

Moving from a PHP rehab to a less intensive program is possible for many patients. A less intensive program is possible as an individual progresses in their recovery. Transitioning, however, is a planned and structured process.
Here is the process of moving to a less intensive program:


At Black Horse Health, our decision to transition a patient is based on an assessment. Our professionals evaluate a patient’s progress and stability. They also use treatment goals to determine if a patient is ready for a less intensive program.


Before transition, we also discuss with our patients to make a collaborative decision. The discussion usually involves the patient, therapist, family, and any necessary professionals. During discussions, the individual’s input and readiness for other treatment options are considered.

Treatment Step-Down

After these discussions, there is often a gradual reduction in the frequency of therapy sessions. For example, therapy and treatment sessions may be reduced to three days a week instead of five.


After treatment step-down, the patient is monitored and treatment plans are adjusted if needed. Patients who encounter setbacks can receive extra support and treatment modifications.
Not everyone who starts attending less intensive treatment may be a good fit, so previous treatments may be reinstated.

Continued Support

Even after a successful transition, patients continue to receive support and medication management. Our team at Black Horse Health also guides them in maintaining their recovery and addressing future challenges.

Aftercare Support Available After Moving from PHP Treatment

After transitioning from a PHP to a less intensive level of care, our patients also enjoy our aftercare support. Aftercare helps them maintain their recovery.
Here are some common types of aftercare support available:
  • Outpatient programs and counseling
  • Individual counseling 
  • Relapse prevention programs
  • Group therapy
  • Medication management
  • Recovery support groups
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Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab Treatment at Black Horse Health

Are you or a loved one struggling with substance use and mental health challenges? Black Horse Health Institute has partial hospitalization program rehab treatment available to address mental health and substance use disorders.
Our positive approach to healing aids our patients to find the strength toward recovery. Our compassionate professionals are dedicated not only to your wellness but also to your well-being.

What Do We Offer?

Our treatment program at Black Horse Health will be customized to your needs. We work with you every step of the way to help treat chronic pain, trauma, mental health challenges, process addiction, and/or substance use disorders.

We meet you where you are in recovery so you receive the supportive and comprehensive treatment you deserve for lasting wellness.

Contact Us for Partial Hospitalization Program Rehab Treatment

Join our partial hospitalization program rehab treatment at Black Horse Health today. Contact our team if you have any questions about getting the care and support you deserve.