Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) versus Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

At Pure Recovery, we understand that people who have received treatment for the disease of addiction face unique challenges that can be barriers to recovery and sober living, even after the completion of a residential program for 30 or more days.

In the early stages of addiction treatment, clients at Pure Recovery are medically supervised during detox and withdrawal to ensure they are both safe and comfortable during the process. Only after detox can genuine and healthy recovery start to take hold.

Our evidence-based, scientific approach to treating the underlying physical and psychological drivers of addiction can continue to provide treatment and support even after our clients leave Pure Recovery’s inpatient facilities.

We recognize the need for outpatient treatment programs and work with our clients every step of the way for them to receive continued care in an outpatient setting.

Both Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) provide needed counseling and care for our clients transitioning back into their day-to-day lives.

PHP and IOP programs are also ideal for those who require some form of addiction treatment but not necessarily a residential stay, and others who completed inpatient treatment previously but are susceptible to relapse and have a need for recovery maintenance.

SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 22 million people have a problem with drug or alcohol addiction, yet less than 3 million of them actually received treatment.

Some people don’t receive proper treatment because of the cost. IOP and PHP are much more affordable than a 30 to 90-day residential stay, and might be a cost effective solution for those who fit the criteria.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) for Addiction Treatment?

Leaving a residential treatment facility can be intimidating for people who have only recently begun recovering from addiction. Often, those in the early stages of addiction recovery realize that while they have a solid foundation for sobriety, there is further work to be done.

Pure Recovery’s partial hospitalization program provides this helpful next step for our clients who no longer need a 24-hour program. PHP allows patients to return, softly, to their normal lives while still having necessary treatment support.

Though each client’s needs are different, PHP tends to be 5 days of outpatient treatment per week, for approximately 6 hours each day.

Individuals continuing their treatment in PHP are able to maintain focus on the work of recovery by expanding on therapies they started during inpatient treatment. These can include:

  • Individual counseling that examines the root genetic and psychological causes of addiction, from family relationships to learning how to best treat personal issues such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) provides tools for clients to process, as well as change unhelpful patterns of thought that used to lead to damaging, addictive behaviors
  • In the case of traumatic brain injuries (TBI), as a result of sports or other accidents, continued neuroplasticity training to rebalance and heal the brain

The expert physicians, therapists and staff at Pure Recovery realize that every individual client is different. Not everyone is eager to leave the safety and support of addiction treatment behind after an extended stay in our residential facilities.

PHP offers the opportunity for continued therapy, education and growth into a new life.

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What is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for Addiction Treatment?

Recovery from drugs or alcohol addiction, a disease of the brain that is chronic and relapsing, often takes time and comes with levels of growth and independence.

Pure Recovery’s intensive outpatient program provides yet more support as our clients become more secure and comfortable in their recovery from addiction.

Very often, patients finishing our partial hospitalization program decide to “graduate” to the intensive outpatient program, which is 3 days a week of addiction treatment for 3 hours per day.

The focus in IOP is helping our clients reintegrate back into society where they are very often rebuilding family and personal relationships, as well as their careers. These include therapies, such as:

  • Relapse prevention programs like group therapy sessions
  • Staying atop holistic wellness practices, such as nutrition, exercise and mindful meditation
  • Tackling deeper, more advanced concepts in individual counseling sessions as a means of maintaining successful recovery from addiction outside of residential or PHP programs

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Addiction Treatment

iop php outpatient treatment programThere’s no denying that the gold standard of addiction treatmentis a 90-day residential inpatient treatment program.

A residential program offers the most complete and comprehensive form of 24/7 recovery in a supervised environment that is safe from distractions and potential triggers that could provoke a relapse.

Outpatient treatment programs, on the other hand, are well-suited for individuals who have either completed an inpatient stay, or who have demonstrated a sustained period of sobriety.

Sometimes outpatient treatment works well for people who have never participated in a 30+ day program, yet their dependence to substance use is escalating and becoming problematic. An outpatient setting offers them a chance to work on issues before they get out of control.

The main advantages of outpatient treatment vs. inpatient include:

  • More affordable
  • Allows the individual to remain at home during treatment
  • Clients continue to work and earn a living
  • They maintain daily family duties and obligations
  • Focus on relapse prevention and recovery healing

For those with a serious or extended dependence and addiction to drug or alcohol use, the most successful course of action is to incorporate a combination of inpatient and outpatient treatment for recovery and relapse prevention.

Each individual is unique though, and a customized treatment approach will be formulated after an assessment by the Pure Recovery team of addiction and mental health professionals that best suits all of our clients’ needs.

At Pure Recovery, we are committed to our clients at every stage of recovery, from an extended stay in our residential treatment facilities to customizing PHP and IOP outpatient treatment that supports a healthy, happy and productive life in sobriety.

Call Pure Recovery toll-free at (800) 714-0340 to find out if our PHP or IOP Outpatient Addiction Treatment Programs in California would be a good fit for you or someone you care about.