There are a wide range of treatment options available to those struggling with substance abuse. Two of the most common include partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient services.
What is Partial Hospitalization?
Partial hospitalization is a treatment technique used in conjunction with an outpatient program for patients who are either in the process of being diagnosed with a mental disorder, or who are participating in a treatment program.
Generally speaking, partial hospitalization is designed to prevent full hospitalization among patients who are expected to improve with a brief period of intensive, care in an institutional setting.
To qualify for participation in a partial hospitalization program (PHP), patients must not pose an immediate risk to themselves or others. A number of non-invasive treatment techniques may be used in a PHP, including cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counseling and group therapy.
What is Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Intensive outpatient treatment programs, or IOPs, are structured treatment programs used to address the root causes of addictions. These programs are geared towards individuals who have already completed their detox, and who can safely reside in their own home while undergoing addiction treatment.
Outpatient treatment is designed to equip patients with the skills and supports they need to develop healthy coping strategies, prevent relapse and maintain positive relationships. Intensive outpatient treatment is an alternative to inpatient treatment services for individuals who may not be able to enter full-time inpatient treatment due to family or career commitments, or limited resources.
What’s the Difference Between Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient?
If you’re unclear as to the difference between partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment, you’re not alone. Despite the fact that these are two distinct types of treatment, it’s not uncommon to see the terms used interchangeably.
Partial hospitalization programs are highly structured and designed to deliver the same treatment services as one would find in an inpatient hospital setting. Depending on the needs of the individual, PHPs may also provide limited medically-assisted therapy under the direct supervision of a licensed medical practitioner.
By comparison, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) do not provide medically-assisted therapies, and the program schedule is less restrictive than it is in a PHP. While PHPs require full-time participation, many IOPs are designed in a way that lets participants maintain their regular work or school commitments.
In some cases, patients may complete their detox and transition directly to a PHP, followed by an extended period of participation in an IOP.
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At America’s Rehab Campuses, we offer a range of evidence-based accredited drug and alcohol treatment services. Many of our services are covered by major insurance plans, and we can accommodate same-day admissions for individuals who are ready to begin their recovery journey today. When you’re ready to get help, we’re here for you. Our admission consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.