How Are IOP And PHP Similar?

When you’re considering what type of substance use treatment services you might need, you should evaluate if an outpatient program is right for you. PHP and IOP are pretty important when considering the spectrum of care in the addiction world. Before we get into the nuanced differences, let’s first examine where these two treatments lie. There are 4 different levels of care but for the sake of this article we only care about one of them. If level 4 care has the highest intensity, then PHP and IOP are level 2. Both of these treatment styles include an individual therapy session, medication management and group therapy for multiple hours in the day or night and cover clinical curriculum. They also include access to whatever amenities your facilities may have, such as yoga, outdoor activities, gym memberships, etc. Moreover, most curriculum includes therapeutic skills relating to DBT, CBT, Motivational Interviewing and more.  

At one point or another, people going through addiction treatment will experience one or both of these treatments. So let’s dive into some of their nuanced differences below.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

A Partial Hospitalization Program, also called Day Treatment, is a step down from residential treatment. The main difference here is 24/7 supervision and being able to sleep at home. As implied by the name, Day Treatment is a lot like going to work. In most programs, you’ll attend a 5 hour long program Monday to Friday. These are clinical programs in a group therapy setting. They are designed to expand and repeat the clinical curriculum learned in a residential treatment center. 

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

Intensive Outpatient Programming is still part of level 2 in the continuum of care. Unlike PHP, you’ll spend about 3 hours in group therapy for 3-5 days per week learning an array of clinical skills. The key difference here is the amount of time you spend in a group therapy setting. Some treatment centers may start you off in IOP, others might require you to start in PHP and then step down. Either way, once your clinical team feels you’re ready to move down to IOP, you can expect a very similar clinical program.

If you or your loved one is struggling from substance use disorder and would like help, contact us today! Our qualified team of professionals would be happy to help guide you through this pivotal step in your recovery journey.