Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

What is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

A Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) is a type of substance abuse treatment that caters to those needing a high level of care but a lower intensity than that of a fully inpatient program. It’s less restrictive (and less expensive) than residential rehab but still provides a high level of medical and psychological support. This combination of flexibility and ongoing support is one of the main reasons why PHP is such a popular drug rehab program.

At The Freedom Center, our program is 5-6 days per week, 6 hours per day (the time commitment is comparable to that of a part-time job). Our program involves a combination of behavioral and holistic therapies, wellness education, recreational activities, and a higher level of psychiatric and medical support than outpatient treatment.


The Benefits of a Partial Hospitalization Program

PHP can be used to treat any and all types of substance abuse disorders as well as co-occurring mental illnesses. It is the second highest level of care after inpatient and often the program of choice for those who diagnostically don’t meet the criteria for fully intensive care. However, many of those who have already completed residential treatment choose to continue with a partial hospitalization program because they still need help and the flexibility of partial hospitalization makes it an attractive place to begin addiction treatment.  (Related: What Are The Differences Between PHP & IOP?)

Lower Costs

Clients do not live on-site at the facility. This makes PHP a much more affordable option than traditional inpatient care. It provides a supportive and immersive environment for a fraction of the cost of residential programs, ideal for those whose insurance only provides limited coverage or are paying for rehab fully out of pocket.

Freedom & Flexibility

Clients can choose their own accommodations while still participating in addiction treatment. Whether you opt to stay at nearby sober housing or perhaps commuting from your normal residence, PHP allows for maximum convenience. It also makes it easier to balance treatment with work and family responsibilities. 

Supportive Transitioning

Individuals with severe addictions or co-occurring mental disorders (known as dual diagnosis) often require additional psychiatric support after their program is complete. PHP can continue providing medication management and access to additional psychiatric care. However, PHP is an excellent option for anyone who has already been through residential rehab but feels the need for high-level support.

Our Partial Hospitalization Program in Maryland Includes:

Group Therapies Included

The Freedom Center attempts to create individualized treatment plans for every client. Since we believe that everyone has different needs, we work to address as many as we can. In addition, we offer several group therapies to help clients achieve recovery. These groups may include the following:

Addiction Education

An overall deeper understanding of addiction in its many forms will help the client begin the process of recovery. This includes addiction science, understanding dual diagnosis, mental health disorders and overdose prevention.

Basics of Recovery

Helping clients take control of their addiction is key. The Basics of Recovery therapeutic groups elaborate on the core causes of addiction, which are Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. The result is a deeper understanding of themselves in these 4 main aspects.

Recovery Philosophy

Recovery takes place every day. It’s important that people who used substances learn a new philosophy for living that includes open-mindedness, honesty and a desire to have and keep long term sobriety.

Relapse Prevention

After recovery, it’s important to have the necessary coping skills to overcome cravings and high-risk situations. The purpose of this group therapy is to help the client identify the triggers and early warning signs and how to get past them without resorting to drugs and alcohol.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This group teaches clients skills and techniques to identify irrational thoughts and behavior and help them make better decisions. Through this group therapy, clients can make better choices for themselves in relation to their addiction and other areas of their lives.

Anger Management

Being overwhelmed with anger can often lead a person to make bad decisions, including relying on substances to help them cope with the feelings. This group teaches clients how to deal with anger and the situations involves in a constructive way.


Individual’s addiction may be tied to relationships. This group helps clients to see unhealthy patterns in themselves and relationships and learn new ways of living that supports healthy boundaries.

Community Meeting

This group revolves around self-efficacy and effective communication. We look at issues that affect the community and clients learn solution focused approaches to communicate.


Understanding the deeper mental issues that are adjacent to addiction helps clients to better understand themselves and others. This group helps clients understand anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorders, depressive disorders, and co-occurring health disorders.

Partial Hospitalization Program at The Freedom Center

The Freedom Center employs a multi-disciplinary team of experienced mental health practitioners to provide treatment and facilitate groups. We keep group sizes small to help clients address their individual needs and get the attention they need. We are recognized as a licensed substance abuse treatment facility in the state of Maryland, accredited by The Joint Commission. We offer a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Intensive Outpatient (IOP) & Outpatient (OP) levels of care.

Learn more about a program right for you or your loved one, contact The Freedom Center at (888) 530-5023 today.

Break Free From Addiction

At our substance abuse treatment center in Maryland, we do our best to meet each individual where they’re at. Each person comes with a different mold - a different struggle. The best way we can help them is to offer them care that is unique to their own situation; there is no one-size-fits-all method to substance abuse treatment. This is why individualized care is so important to us. If you or a loved one are interested in finding out more, you can contact us here.
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