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Orange County Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

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A partial hospitalization program (PHP) is an outpatient program for clients who require a higher level of care than traditional outpatient treatment. During daily outpatient visits to our treatment center, clients receive comprehensive addiction treatment services while living at our sober living houses in Huntington Beach or their own residences.

PHPs are a step-down service that benefits those who have already completed an inpatient program and do not need around-the-clock supervision or medical care but, instead, a particularly high level of support.

Once the client completes a PHP, he or she may transition to the next level of care, which is our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), where clients will still be meeting at the same treatment center as PHP clients but for fewer hours per day. During PHP, the client receives treatment 5 days a week for 6 hours daily.

PHP is more intensive than most standard outpatient programs, which typically meet fewer times per week and for fewer hours each visit. Usually, our clients come from their initial Detox and Residential Treatment Center care. After completing that first stage of their recovery, they are ready to begin their PHP programming with us.

What to Expect from a Partial Hospitalization Program

At Safe & Sound Recovery, we provide a highly structured and individualized PHP program that strives to offer an optimal balance between intensive care and personal autonomy. Here’s what you can expect when you embark on your recovery journey with us.

Structured Schedule: The foundation of our PHP is a regimented daily schedule that typically includes treatment for six hours a day, five days a week. This structure offers a supportive, stable environment where you can focus on recovery while still maintaining a degree of independence.

Individualized Treatment: Upon entry into the PHP program, our team works closely with each client to assess their unique needs and develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan usually encompasses various forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, individual counseling, and family therapy if appropriate.

Medical Support: Depending on the unique needs of the client, our on-site physicians and nurses may administer medication to help manage withdrawal symptoms or curb cravings. This medical support is an integral part of the treatment process, ensuring your comfort and safety as you progress in your recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment: We’re equipped to handle co-occurring mental health disorders alongside addiction. Our team of skilled professionals is trained to identify and treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and others that may accompany substance use disorders.

Therapeutic Activities: In addition to the main treatment modalities, we offer a variety of therapeutic activities designed to promote overall wellness. This can include yoga, mindfulness, art therapy, and other experiential therapies that complement traditional treatment approaches.

Aftercare Planning: As the end of the PHP nears, our team collaborates with you to create a comprehensive aftercare plan. This includes continuous support such as ongoing therapy, support groups, and potentially transitioning to a sober living environment. The goal is to equip you with the skills and resources needed to maintain sobriety in the long term.

Community: Throughout the PHP, you’ll be part of a community of peers who are also on their recovery journey. This supportive network can provide a sense of understanding, camaraderie, and mutual encouragement that is invaluable during recovery.

Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

During a PHP, doctors and or nurses on staff may administer medication as needed to reduce cravings and mitigate severe symptoms of withdrawal.

In addition to medical care, Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHPs), sometimes referred to as day treatment programs, provide additional services such as behavioral therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, and counseling.

Clients in our PHP engage in an intensive recovery program and work closely with several addiction treatment professionals, such as physicians, nurses, therapists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

Aftercare Planning

Treatment professionals help prepare the client for discharge by developing an aftercare plan, including relapse prevention techniques such as support groups, sober living homes, and counseling.

Dual Diagnosis

Our PHP programming at Safe and Sound Treatment is fully equipped to identify and address co-occurring mental health conditions such as generalized depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and more.

Who Benefits From PHP?

Based on your individual circumstances and clinical needs, your Admissions Concierge will provide you with a determination of whether or not Safe and Sound Treatment facility is the best option for you. We will review it together with you, and your Admissions Concierge will answer any questions you might have.

Ideal PHP candidates include those who…

Call for PHP in Orange County

To learn more about treatment at the PHP level of care or to get answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of addiction treatment services at Safe and Sound Treatment, please feel free to contact us at your convenience at (949) 763-5840.

We look forward to helping you and the rest of the Costa Mesa, Orange County community make the most informed decision for yourself or a loved one.


The goal of a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is to provide an intensive level of psychological and medical care similar to that found in inpatient programs, but with the flexibility for patients to return home at the end of the day. PHP is designed to stabilize individuals with substance use disorders through comprehensive treatment and support, facilitating their transition to less intensive levels of care. Key objectives include:

  • Stabilizing the individual’s medical and psychiatric condition.
  • Reducing substance use and addressing underlying issues contributing to addiction.
  • Providing a structured treatment environment that supports recovery.
  • Equipping individuals with coping strategies and skills for managing cravings, triggers, and daily stressors.
  • Facilitating family involvement in the recovery process to strengthen support systems.

Partial Hospitalization Programs are well-suited for individuals who:

  • Have completed an inpatient detoxification program and require continued intensive treatment.
  • Need a high level of support and treatment but do not require 24-hour supervision.
  • Are experiencing substance use disorders along with co-occurring mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, that require integrated treatment.
  • Have a stable living situation that supports their recovery efforts outside of the treatment setting.
  • Are motivated to participate in a structured therapy program and committed to their recovery.

Both Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) offer structured treatment for substance use disorders without the need for overnight stays. However, the main differences lie in the intensity and time commitment required:

  • PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program): This is the most intensive form of outpatient treatment, requiring individuals to attend the program for multiple hours per day, typically 5 to 7 days a week. PHP provides medical monitoring, therapeutic services, and psychiatric support, similar to that of inpatient care but allows patients to go home each night.

  • IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program): While still offering a structured treatment environment, IOP requires less time commitment than PHP, with participants attending sessions several times a week for a few hours each day. IOP focuses on therapy, education, and support for individuals transitioning from residential treatment or those who need more support than standard outpatient care.

The duration of a Partial Hospitalization Program can vary depending on the individual’s specific needs, progress, and treatment goals. Typically, PHPs can last anywhere from a few weeks to several months. The average length of stay in a PHP might range from 20 to 30 days, but treatment duration is highly individualized. Decisions regarding the length of participation in PHP are made based on ongoing assessments of the individual’s mental health, substance use issues, and overall functioning, with adjustments made as necessary to ensure the best outcomes for recovery.