Day Treatment / Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

What does the typical Day Treatment Program (PHP) include?

Day Treatment Programs vary greatly from organization to organization, but in general include the following:

  • Participants live at home or in sober or transitional living accommodations
  • Attend 25 or more hours of programming per week
  • Programs are generally 4-6 weeks
  • Curriculum often includes 1 on 1 therapy, group therapy and sometimes family therapy, clinical diagnosis, vocational / academic training, substance abuse counseling and alternative therapies
  • Ideal for people needing a high amount of support and structure but able to live at home and benefit from community interaction. Ideal for clients who do not need 24-7 care.

Day Treatment and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) are structured support networks in which clients participate while living at home or in sober or transitional living accommodations.  Activities commonly take place during the day, five days per week, and are also sometimes held during evenings and weekends. Participants generally dedicate 25 or more hours per week to clinical services, and many programs are closer to 40 hours per week.  PHP and day treatment programs offer intensive therapy and strong support through a team of diverse professionals. Most programs offer a thorough curriculum to provide a comprehensive approach to focus on mental, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing to help support achieving sustainable recovery.

Day Treatment Programs offer a comprehensive approach to health and wellbeing.

Day Treatment (PHP) Level of Care Details

PHP and Day Treatment programs are ideal for people who have completed a Residential Rehabilitation or Inpatient program and are prepared for the next step towards more autonomy. These programs can also serve as a starting point for some in their road to recovery, or a safety net for those who know they need more support than Intensive Outpatient programs.  Recovery from addiction, substance abuse, or a co-occurring diagnosis can be a full time job; PHP and Day Treatment programs approach it as such, usually dedicating as much time and energy per week to recovery as one might spend at a nine-to-five job, with the objective of moving the individual through a continuum of care to intensive outpatient (IOP) and then outpatient (OP) as they progress along the path to sustainable recovery. At the end of the day, participants go home, or to sober living accommodations, and are able to apply what they have learned with their friends and family.  They practice recovery skills in the face of stressors that historically may have triggered use, or in circumstances where the substance they are struggling with might be available.  Day Treatment and PHP programs are the highest level of structure and support available for clients living outside of an inpatient facility.

In addition to interacting with their home community, participants are generally engaged in a course of care with peers, allowing for connection and relation to others’ journeys. As with Inpatient or Residential Rehab programs, PHP and Day Treatment options are also able to focus on mental health diagnoses, when applicable. Over the course of care, medical and mental health professionals are often able to observe and assess any underlying issues a participant has been experiencing that may have led to detrimental behavior patterns. Another common goal of PHP programs is to teach and integrate life and wellness skills to help better manage symptoms and functionality in participants’ lives.  Drug tests and medication management are frequently part of the recovery strategy to support clients’ highest health potential.

FAQs if seeking Day Treatment Program

Key Questions to Ask Providers About Their Day Treatment Program (PHP)

If you are considering a day treatment program, here are some questions to consider and to ask prospective providers:

  • Is there a safety concern for the potential participant? If there is a high risk of harm to self or others, it could be best to consider a higher level of care in the form of an Inpatient or Rehabilitation Program
  • If you or your loved one has a job or academic commitments that is beneficial and supportive, or if you or your loved one functions well in the day to day, an Intensive Outpatient Program  could be a better fit.
  • Ask to to see a schedule of time and activities by week so you can really understand what the program does. Ask for a directory of professionals that would be in active contact in a support program.
  • Ensure that there is a psychiatrist on staff who actually interacts with clients and can be involved in medication management.
  • Ask about family participation. While many programs offer a family weekend or occasional education, not all include ongoing family therapy and support.

Effective, compassionate, professional help is available for those struggling with addiction or substance abuse. Finding the right level of care and program can lead to powerful recovery and a life full of passion, engagement, and health for you or your loved one.


Substance Use & Dual-diagnosis Day Treatment Program (PHP) in Colorado

Sandstone Care provides a continuum of addiction and mental health treatment services including a Day Treatment (PHP) program for teens and young adults in need of drug rehabilitation in Denver or Boulder, CO.  Our program includes over 35 hours per week of programming with our skilled and compassionate team employing evidence-based healing modalities in beautiful Colorado.  We employ a strengths-based approach and specialize as a youth dual diagnosis treatment center. Call our Admissions team to learn more: 888-850-1890

At Sandstone Care, we honor each individual’s journey and we are committed to being of service.  If we are not the most beneficial fit for you or your loved one, we are dedicated to working within our large professional network to find a program that is.

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