Different individuals need varied types of addiction treatment—simply depending on the nature and severity of their addiction, any co-occurring morbidities, and even their budget and schedule.

So while residential care may make the most sense for one person, the next person might do better with intensive outpatient care (IOP) or a partial hospitalization program (PHP). These two treatment models are sometimes lumped together but are actually different in some subtle ways. In this post, we’ll explore those distinctions.

Comparing PHP and IOP

Intensive outpatient care does not require the individual to live in a treatment community. Instead, you can continue to live at home, and may even be able to go to work or school as normal. Therapy sessions and counseling are scheduled for a few hours each day, usually totaling 10 or 12 hours per week, and often in the evenings.

Partial hospitalization also lets individuals live at home, rather than staying in a rehab center overnight, but it represents a little bit more of a time commitment—including therapy sessions structured throughout the day.

Both of these options can be used as step-downs from residential care, in particular for those who feel like they need just a little bit more time to work on their coping skills and relapse prevention plans. In some cases, PHP is used as a step-down from residential care, and IOP is then used as a transition out of PHP. Additionally, both options can offer flexibility for those who need to keep working or going to school while they pursue addiction treatment.

As for which option is right for you, that’s something to discuss with your addiction counselor. To learn more about either program, or to determine the best way forward for your own addiction recovery, reach out to Seacliff today.

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