Is PHP Addiction Treatment Right for Me?

Is PHP Drug Rehab Right for Me?
Dominic Nicosia

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Dominic Nicosia

Partial hospitalization programs (PHP) are an increasingly common mode of care for people struggling with substance use disorder. PHP addiction treatment provides a more in-depth level of care than regular outpatient or intensive outpatient (IOP) programs, while still allowing you or your loved one to stay present in everyday life. This type of care is ideal for someone who needs intensive and focused treatment for the totality of their addiction or substance use, but for whatever reason, can’t spend time in a residential or inpatient program. There are multiple clinical and experiential benefits to PHP treatment for addiction, but it’s important to verify if it’s the right move for you or someone you care about who is battling addiction.

How Does PHP Treatment Work?

PHP addiction treatment provides comprehensive medical and behavioral care for substance use disorder in a hybrid outpatient and ambulatory (medical) setting. You or your loved one will not stay overnight during your treatment program; but may spend up to 20-40 hours per week in a treatment for comprehensive medical and behavioral care. You will not receive 24-hour monitoring. PHP programs for addiction treatment typically last around 10-15 days, after which you or your loved one may “step down” or transition to a regular outpatient treatment program. PHP treatment provides a number of benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Comprehensive, targeted and in-depth medical and behavioral care.
  • Ability to return home to manage family and work every day.
  • More affordable than inpatient or residential care.
  • Consolidates all levels of care into one program.
  • Education and supportive guidance about the disease of addiction through classes and counseling.

Many people who are struggling with addiction go through PHP treatment when they’re transitioning between inpatient/residential care and outpatient treatment. Some PHP addiction treatment programs also offer sober living or transitional housing for patients who need extra support during the early stages of their recovery.

What Happens in PHP Treatment?

PHP treatment for addiction is also often referred to as a partial day program because you or your loved one will come each day for a full day of care and return home after your treatment session. Treatment consists of a variety of behavioral therapies, including group therapy, individual counseling and others, depending on your care needs and program resources. PHP addiction treatment can also coordinate with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for those struggling with opioid use disorder who are looking to explore therapy with Vivitrol® or Suboxone®, and family programs for those looking to rebuild their family connections that have suffered in the wake of their alcohol or drug use.

Does Insurance Cover PHP Treatment?

Private and public insurance providers readily cover PHP treatment, but the scope of your coverage will depend on your individual insurance plan. If you’re seeking PHP treatment through Medicare, you will pay a certain percentage of the approved amount for each service and Medicare will cover the rest. Medicare coverage is generally limited to resources like occupational therapy and counseling. You may need services beyond what Medicare can cover if you’re considering PHP treatment for addiction. If you’re seeking treatment through Medicaid, your scope of coverage will be determined by multiple factors, including the state you live in and your individual plan benefits. Private insurance coverage will also depend on the scope of your plan and what individual services your provider will cover. Contact your insurance company or the facility from which you’re seeking treatment for a full insurance verification.

PHP Treatment at Recovery Unplugged

Recovery Unplugged is ready to help you or your loved one overcome alcohol or drug addiction through comprehensive and compassionate PHP treatment. Our programs are staffed with trained doctors, nurses and mental health professionals who can provide a full continuum of care. We offer PHP treatment at our facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Austin and Northern Virginia and are in network with most major insurance companies to make care more affordable and accessible. We also offer other levels of care, including residential, inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient to help you heal at your own pace and according to your own care needs.

Our evidence-based PHP addiction treatment in Florida, Texas and Virginia is assisted by our music-focused approach to care. Our clients use emotionally resonant and relatable music to help them more readily embrace treatment. Clients are given personalized playlists that serve as the soundtrack to their recovery to help inspire, motivate and confront difficult emotions and experiences. We also offer music spaces and creative writing exercises to help you articulate your emotions in ways that may be difficult in talk therapy.

You don’t have to spend another second struggling with substance abuse on your own. Recovery Unplugged is ready to guide you toward the care you need so you can overcome drugs and alcohol. Contact us today to learn more about our PHP addiction treatment program. Our admissions staff is standing by 24-7 to help you.

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia

Dominic Nicosia, a seasoned content writer, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the realm of healthcare writing, particularly in the addiction care field. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009), Dominic has carved a niche for himself with over seven years of specialized writing experience in addiction care.

As the Senior Content Writer at Recovery Unplugged, Dominic is entrusted with the pivotal role of curating and overseeing the online blog, ensuring its alignment with the highest standards of accuracy, relevance, and trustworthiness. His responsibilities extend beyond the blog, encompassing all written communications within the Marketing domain. From articles and thought leadership pieces to web content, Dominic's penmanship is evident in every written facet of Recovery Unplugged.

Dominic's credibility is further enhanced by his contributions to esteemed publications like Austin Fit Magazine, where he delves into critical topics such as drug use, addiction, recovery, and mental health. His writings not only reflect his profound understanding of the subject matter but also resonate with readers, offering insights and guidance. Outside the professional sphere, Dominic's passion for music is evident. He has been writing and playing music for years, showcasing his versatility and depth as a writer and artist.

Dominic Nicosia stands as a beacon of expertise and credibility in the healthcare writing community. With a deep understanding of his subject matter and a commitment to accuracy, he consistently delivers content that is both informative and reliable, meeting the highest standards of quality and trustworthiness in the industry.


  • Proven track record in managing and enhancing online blogs, articles, and thought leadership pieces.
  • Adept at blending his passion for music with his writing, offering a unique perspective on topics.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Professional Writing from the University of the Arts Philadelphia (2009).
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