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Partial Hospitalization Program

Complete treatment with the comfort of home living.  


Buckeye Recovery’s highly structured partial hospitalization program offers individualized and gender-specific treatment for recovery from substance use disorders.


The PHP program at Buckeye Recovery offers 6 hours of treatment per day, Monday through Friday. Individual treatment sessions occur with a primary counselor and therapist. While in our partial hospitalization program, clients meet with our medical director 1x weekly to manage medications and ensure unique treatment supports are working effectively.

Our partial hospitalization program is best suited for those transitioning out of a residential treatment program. However, clients start at the best level of care based on a thorough initial assessment by our medical team. Our PHP level of addiction treatment length of stay varies based off clinical recommendations 1-4 weeks.


With an intimate group, clients learn about the disease of addiction and individual tools to address substance abuse. Our psychoeducational classes also empower clients to learn about their current medications, how they impact the body, and how they interfere with other substances. 


We understand that family can have a big impact on full recovery, which is why family involvement begins at admission, when appropriate. If family is involved in treatment, weekly contact by member of clinical team occurs to ensure they can fully participate in the recovery of their loved one.   We honor the privacy of our clients and their families by using HIPPA compliant methods of communication.  


Buckeye Recovery Network works closely with preferred sober living houses to provide our clients with the safe and structured environment that is ideal for early recovery. Close communication between sober living houses and our treatment facility is integral to the success of each client’s recovery journey. 


If you are ready for an intensive outpatient program that is focused on your long-term success, give us a call. Our expert team will provide a thorough assessment to ensure you get the customized care you need. 

If you are simply interested in learning more about IOP or our treatment process, please reach out. Your call is always confidential, and there is absolutely no obligation required to speak with us. 

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More Freedom, More Support


Advances in substance abuse treatment and research means that substance abuse treatments can be more flexible to address a moving life. One example is a partial hospitalization program. This type of program allows a person to remain in their home in the evening, yet receive substance abuse counseling and therapy during most days of the week.

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program?

A partial hospitalization program is a substance abuse treatment program where a person receives treatments for a substance abuse problem during the day, but stays in their home in the evening.1 Some rehabilitation professionals may call partial hospitalization programs “day treatments.” A person participating in a partial hospitalization program will usually engage in about four to six hours of therapy sessions and counseling for five days a week.

Partial hospitalization programs are used for a variety of treatments, including those who struggle with mental illnesses.2 Services a partial hospitalization program commonly include are:

Individual therapy sessions

Group therapy sessions

Education about medications

Connection with community resources and outpatient support sessions

Regular drug testing to ensure a person remains sober

The journal Psychiatric Services defines partial hospitalization programs as “time-limited ambulatory active treatment programs that offer therapeutically intensive, coordinated, and structured clinical services within a stable milieu”.

Therapists at partial hospitalization programs may use a variety of behavioral health approaches in their program. A common example is a cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. This allows a person to reflect on their past behavior, and learn mental and behavioral changes they can make to help a person stay sober. In addition to “talk therapy” that incorporates CBT, sometimes there are craft projects (such as art therapy) and group exercises that participants may engage in.


When struggling with substance use disorder, there are a number of options to explore for receiving treatment. Sometimes, a person may engage in a more intensive therapy route, such as inpatient medical detox. Following this, partial hospitalization programs may be the next step in treatment.

Examples of the different levels of care when it comes to substance abuse include:

Intensive outpatient programs

Intensive outpatient programs are similar to partial hospitalization in that a person can live in their home while receiving treatments. Intensive outpatient programs are usually less frequent in terms of the days that a person receives treatment. Many intensive outpatient programs ranges from two to three days a week where partial hospitalization is five.1

Intensive outpatient programs has a slightly lower level of care than partial hospitalization. Doctors usually recommend them for those who has a supportive living environment, few health problems, and less-severe substance use disorder.

Residential treatment

Residential treatment is a more intensive therapy approach compared to partial hospitalization.1 Doctors usually recommend this option to a person who has a severe substance use disorder, or who has mental or physical health needs that may require 24-hour support to abstain from substance abuse. Residential treatment programs, may be short-term or long-term, is when a person lives in a “therapeutic community” with others who are in recovery.

There are several reasons why a person may prefer a partial hospitalization program to other program types, particularly residential treatment. Examples include that partial hospitalization programs are usually less expensive than inpatient programs and that they can often produce as good or even better outcomes for patients.2

Where Do Partial Hospitalization Programs Take Place?

Partial hospitalization programs can take place in a variety of facilities. These can include drug rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, and community rehabilitation programs. More partial hospitalization programs than ever before are taking place in home-like treatment centers.

According to the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS), partial hospitalization programs grew in popularity in the mid-1990s.2 These programs grew in response to the desire for alternatives to inpatient treatment programs. According to the CMS, the number of organizations billing for partial hospitalization services increased from 296 in 1993 to 769 in 1997. The number has continued to grow as more people are benefiting from partial hospitalization as a substance abuse treatment.


The American Society of Addiction Medicine recommends taking the following considerations when making treatment recommendations for a substance abuse program.​​​1 These include:

Level of current intoxication and potential for severe withdrawal

If a person has a pre-existing medical condition that may complicate their withdrawal

Existence of mental health disorders that may impact a person’s emotional, behavioral, or cognitive functioning

A person’s own motivation and readiness to change

A person’s history of seeking drug rehabilitation and their risks for relapse

The support of a person at home, or if a person is currently in prison or another correctional facility

A person seeking treatment and the intake counselor may discuss these factors when considering if partial hospitalization is the best option for them.

Signs PHP is a Good Fit

Some of the signs that a partial hospitalization program may be a good fit for a person include:​​​2

A person is stable enough in their medical conditions and addiction that they can remain in their home for periods where they aren’t medically supervised

A person is not a danger to themselves (having suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming others)

A patient is willing and able to participate in daily partial hospitalization programs as recommended by their treatment professionals

A person has the physical and mental stamina to withstand several hours a day of counseling and educational sessions

Sometimes, a person will attend a partial hospitalization program after they’ve been discharged from an inpatient rehabilitation program. A partial hospitalization program can help a person successfully make the transition from an inpatient program to learning how to live on their own and cope with the challenges that can come from returning to the “real” world as a sober individual.

When is Partial Hospitalization Not a Good Fit?

A 2016 study of a partial hospitalization program and the people who dropped out or did not attend found that there were several common reasons why partial hospitalization was not a good fit.​​​3 An estimated 22 percent of admissions to a partial hospitalization program resulted in non-attendance. The researchers found the most common reasons why a person did not attend or dropped out of the partial hospitalization program were related to physical or psychiatric symptoms that rendered a person unable to continue attending.

Examples of the reasons cited for non-attendance included:


Low-income with little access to resources

Higher number of previous treatment episodes at a hospital

Existence of some types of co-occurring disorder

History of past addictions to other substances 


When a person struggles with substance abuse, they will inevitably go through some degree of withdrawal when they stop using. Withdrawals occur because a person’s brain and body are accustomed to the presence of a particular substance. When that substance is no longer present, their body reacts.

The degree to which a person withdraws often depends upon what substance it is and how long they have been using it. One of the substances doctors associate with the most severe withdrawal symptoms is alcohol. If a person has an alcohol use disorder, doctors usually recommend they stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility. However, for most other substances, a person can participate in detoxification at a partial hospitalization program.

The detox process is the first stage at which a person withdraws. During this phase in a partial hospitalization program, a person may receive medications that help reduce the withdrawal process. This include medications to prevent nausea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved medications to help reduce side effects from detox or deter a person from using again. Doctors at a partial hospitalization program may discuss these options with a participant to determine if they are a good fit for them.

Education on the detox process is very important for those in a partial hospitalization program.​​​5 Since a person will not have access to a medical staff in the evening, it’s important they understand what symptoms to expect and if there are symptoms they may experience that require seeking medical attention. It’s also important that they have family or at home support that can help the them cope if the detox process gets tough.


If desired, many partial hospitalization programs will incorporate family services into their facilities. Examples may include group family sessions or family education sessions.​​​2

Partial hospitalization programs can be a more family-friendly option, especially for those who are caring for children at home. A person can attend the program during the day for what are normal working hours for most, then return home to their family at night.


Partial hospitalization programs can be a cost-effective alternative to residential treatments. They can serve as a step-down from residential treatment or a step-up if outpatient programs alone haven’t proven enough for a person to maintain their sobriety. It’s important that a person talk thoroughly with an intake coordinator about the best route of treatment for them and what they can expect while in a partial hospitalization program.

It’s also important that a person remember that partial hospitalization isn’t the end of their treatments and rehabilitation. A person should continue on their sobriety journey through participation in further support groups and counseling sessions. Doing so can help a person maintain their sobriety for their health and well-being.



Ready For Our Partial Hospitalization Program?

If you think our partial hospitalization program is the right fit for you or someone you love, please reach out today. Our caring staff is ready to support your recovery.

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Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.