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PHP Rehab

What Are the Benefits of PHP Rehab?

A Partial Hospitalization Program is part of a continuum of care provided by drug rehabilitation and mental health services. It’s often referred to as PHP or PHP rehab.

PHP rebab is an intermediate level of care. It’s less intensive than inpatient rehabilitation at the very top but more intensive than outpatient care. People in PHP rehab may be transitioning from full-time hospitalization or residential care but still require more support than traditional outpatient therapy can provide.

In the context of addiction rehabilitation, PHP rehab might include services such as individual and group therapy, medication management, family counseling, and various other therapeutic activities.

Other PHP rehab services may include:

  • Trauma-focused therapy 
  • Recreational activities
  • Relapse prevention workshops
  • Stepparent alcohol use disorder (AUD)
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Stress management techniques
  • Problem-solving methods
  • Gender-specific discussions
  • Trauma resolution

The advantage of PHP rehab is that it doesn’t entail 24-hour supervision, it allows people to continue their recovery while still living their daily lives. This means people can get sober and stabilize their mental health while still having time for themselves. People in PHP rehab can also benefit from 12-step meetings and education on mental health and substance abuse.

What Does a Partial Hospitalization Program Treat?

PHP rehab can treat a variety of addictions and mental illnesses. Treatments depend on the needs of the client at hand.
Some conditions PHP rehab can treat include::

  • Mood Disorders — This includes conditions like major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia.
  • Anxiety Disorders —  PHPs can help people with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) —  PHPs can provide specialized treatment for trauma for individuals dealing with the aftermath of traumatic events.
  • Substance Use Disorders — For individuals struggling with addiction, PHPs can provide structured support and treatment.
  • Personality Disorders —  Disorders such as borderline personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and others may be addressed in a PHP.
  • Co-occurring Disorders —  PHPs are often designed to handle situations where a patient is dealing with more than one mental health condition at the same time, or a mental health condition in conjunction with a substance use disorder. The treatment of co-occurring disorders is known as dual diagnosis treatment.
  • Psychotic Disorders —  In some cases, PHPs may also serve patients with psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, though these may require more intensive care depending on the severity of symptoms.

Many of these conditions can be treated with dialectical behavior therapy, or, DBT for short.

DBT is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that teaches patients new ways to regulate uncomfortable emotions and manage conflict in relationships. Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, it has since been adapted for other mental health disorders and has shown efficacy in a variety of contexts.

Useful skills taught in DBT include emotional regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, and self-acceptance.

Those seeking PHP rehab in California can access DBT and other therapy modalities at South Coast Behavioral Health.

The Addiction Recovery Timeline

Many people struggling with addiction know they need to get help, but might have questions holding them back. One of the biggest ones pertains to the addiction recovery timeline – how long will recovery take?

Here at South Coast Behavioral Health, we offer a full range of treatment programs. Here’s what you can expect if you decide to start your recovery journey with us:

Medical Detox in Irvine and Huntington Beach

Before starting treatment, you’ll enter our fully accredited medical detox program. Here, in a safe and welcoming environment, our certified medical detox professionals will support you with round-the-clock care as you clear addictive substances from your system.

We at South Coast take pride in offering care that is closely targeted for specific problems. To that end, we offer gender-specific detox programs, with medical detox for men in Irvine, CA, and medical detox for women in Huntington Beach, CA.

Residential Treatment in California

After detoxing, a new kind of treatment can begin.

Upon exiting our detox program, you’ll move to inpatient treatment in Orange County California. There, you’ll receive medically-assisted treatment and dual diagnosis treatment to deal with any cravings or co-occurring mental health issues you may be battling. We also offer residential treatment facilities in Costa Mesa, Irvine, and Huntington Beach for those who desire gender-specific treatment. There, patients get round-the-clock medical attention and monitoring while living at the institution full-time.

In addition to individual and group counseling and medication management, you’ll also have access to leisure activities and family support services.

Partial Hospitalization in California

Most clients start substance abuse treatment with South Coast in our residential treatment program. After completing that, many desire something that still provides structure and support, but with extra space and time to oneself. For that, we offer Partial Hospitalization in Newport Beach.

A step down from inpatient care but with more structure than conventional outpatient programs, partial hospitalization offers a good balance for those looking to ease back into normal life. Clients can receive care five to seven days a week for several hours each day, returning to their homes in the evening.

This way, they can recover without putting their daily lives completely on hold, receiving intense therapeutic interventions like group and individual therapy, skill development, and medication management as necessary.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment in California

For those leaving inpatient residential treatment or partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programs (IOP) are yet another gradual step forward on the road to recovery.

With a focus on group therapy, individual counseling, and psychoeducation, clients undergoing Intensive Outpatient Treatment in Newport Beach can expect to meet three to five days a week of therapy, with each session lasting three hours. This level of care requires the least amount of attendance at a facility

IOPs offer participants the ability to continue their employment or academic obligations, receiving support and therapy as needed as they prepare to reenter society.

Get Started Today

If you or a loved one are thinking of seeking PHP rehab treatment but have questions, call us at 866-881-1184 or contact us here. Our highly qualified staff will be happy to help give you an idea of what to expect from your addiction recovery timeline, help verify your insurance, and assist with any other questions you may have.


Pierce Willans
Kelly McIntyre
Medically Reviewed by Kelly McIntyre, MS, LMFT