How Long Does Partial Hospitalization Last?

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How Long Does Partial Hospitalization Last?

Partial hospitalization (PHP) is a structured treatment program that provides intensive mental health or substance abuse care during the day. Individuals who participate in PHP typically live at home but travel to the treatment facility for several hours each day, usually 4-8 hours. PHP is a step-down level of care from inpatient hospitalization and a step-up level of care from intensive outpatient programs (IOP).

The length of time a person spends in PHP varies depending on their individual needs and progress. However, most people stay in PHP for 2-6 weeks. Some people may stay in PHP for a shorter period of time, while others may stay for a longer period of time, depending on their individual needs.

Here are some factors that can affect the length of a person’s stay in PHP:

  • The severity of their condition. People with more severe mental health or substance abuse problems may need to stay in PHP for a longer period of time.
  • Their progress in treatment. People who are making good progress in treatment may be able to leave PHP sooner.
  • Their insurance coverage. Some insurance companies may only cover a certain number of days of PHP treatment.

It is important to note that the goal of PHP is to help people develop the skills and support they need to transition to a lower level of care, such as IOP or individual therapy. PHP is not meant to be a long-term solution.

Here at South Meadows Recovery, we offer a PHP program that is tailored to the individual needs of each client. Our PHP program includes a variety of evidence-based treatments, such as individual therapy, group therapy, and medication management. We also offer a variety of support services, such as relapse prevention planning and aftercare planning.

If you are considering PHP, it is important to talk to your doctor or therapist to see if it is right for you. They can help you assess your needs and develop a treatment plan.