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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Massachusetts

Partial hospitalization programs serve as a bridge between inpatient and outpatient care, offering structured yet flexible treatment for those who require more support than traditional outpatient services.

Rockland Recovery provides a variety of programs for individuals struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) in Massachusetts is one of them. This type of outpatient treatment is designed for adults who require more intensive treatment and support than traditional outpatient programs offer but do not necessarily require 24-hour residential care.

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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Massachusetts

A partial hospitalization program (PHP), also known as day treatment or a day program, is a type of structured treatment program for individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. It serves as an intermediate step for individuals transitioning from inpatient to outpatient care or as an alternative to inpatient care.

In either case, PHPs offer structured and ongoing support that allows patients to live at home while receiving intensive treatment during the day. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), programs that provide treatment for 6 hours per day or more are considered PHPs.1

The main components of the partial care treatment program at our treatment center in Massachusetts include one-on-one counseling with a treatment professional, group therapy, family therapy, and educational groups. Similar to the therapeutic interventions in inpatient treatment, our day program incorporates evidence-based treatment practices, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, medication management, and twelve-step facilitation.

Generally, patients who participate in PHP programs have either completed or do not require detox and do not require 24-hour supervision to maintain sobriety.2 They may, however, need more intensive support than what is provided in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and would benefit from structured and supportive programming throughout the day.

What is the Difference Between IOP and PHP Rehab Massachusetts?

IOPs and PHPs are both forms of outpatient care in mental health and addiction treatment, but they differ in intensity and structure. Both programs usually last 30 to 90 days or longer and offer therapeutic approaches such as individual and group therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, medical treatment, and case management services.

A partial hospital program provides a higher level of addiction and mental health care and structure, while intensive outpatient programs offer greater flexibility for patients to maintain work, school, or familial commitments. Patients in an IOP attend therapy sessions 3-5 days a week, while PHPs require attendance for up to 6 hours each day.

Another critical difference between IOP and PHP rehab in Massachusetts is the level of medical supervision. Patients in an IOP may only see a therapist once or twice a week, while those in a PHP benefit from more intensive medical care, including medication management and regular check-ins with our clinical staff.

Participation in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Participation in a PHP may be an appropriate alternative to IOP for a person who:

Requires close medical monitoring

If a person has a dual diagnosis, such as an addiction coupled with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other mental health conditions, getting them on the right combination of prescription medications to reduce symptoms can take time. A PHP ensures a person with a dual diagnosis benefits from medical supervision when they’re most vulnerable.


Requires more support than intensive outpatient care

An intensive outpatient program can be an ideal option for a patient who needs extra support while transitioning back home to their daily life, but for those at the beginning of their recovery journey, more intensive managed care plans and outpatient services may be more appropriate. PHPs offer a higher level of patient care with intensive therapy, medical oversight, and a structured routine, making them suitable for those with complex needs and a higher risk of relapse.


Wants comprehensive therapeutic services

PHPs often offer a wide range of therapeutic services, including group and individual meetings, family meetings, and specialized modalities that focus on skill-building and relapse prevention. This comprehensive approach can benefit individuals who require a multifaceted approach to address their addiction and mental health issues.

When you contact our admissions team, we can help assess whether you or your loved one is suitable for PHP. If we believe you will do better in another level of care, we will provide a referral to the most suitable program for your specific needs.

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What Services Does Your PHP in Massachusetts Provide?

Our partial hospitalization programs offer access to a wide range of therapeutic services for addiction and co-occurring mental illness. While in our partial hospitalization program, patients spend the majority of their time in individual and group therapy sessions, where they explore the underlying causes of their substance use disorder and healthy coping mechanisms for managing stressful situations. Our partial hospitalization programs also include recreational activities, family therapy sessions, and educational workshops.

Upon admission to our PHP program, a diagnostic assessment is performed to help our treatment team understand the patient’s history and identify any underlying mental health conditions that often coexist with substance use disorders. From there, we collaborate with each patient to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses their symptoms, needs, and goals. If it is determined that our services will not fully meet your needs, we will work with you to find an appropriate referral for care elsewhere.

Several behavioral therapies have been demonstrated to be effective in tackling substance abuse, with their efficacy varying depending on the specific drugs of abuse involved.3 Regardless of your unique day treatment plan, all adults who participate in our partial hospital program for substance use disorders, mental illness, and/or dual diagnosis will engage in a combination of evidence-based treatments, including:

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Medication management
  • Twelve-step facilitation
  • Patient education
  • Support groups

Our therapy model emphasizes a focus on comprehensive care, coping skills development, and relapse prevention. Our goal is to equip each patient with the skills and support necessary to recognize and manage symptoms of addiction and mental illness long-term.

By integrating evidence-based practices with a holistic approach, our partial hospital care offers a comprehensive, effective, and intensive treatment option for patients and families seeking help for addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.

How Much Does a Partial Hospitalization Program in Massachusetts Cost?

Partial hospitalization programs in Massachusetts are a more cost-effective option compared to inpatient or residential treatment programs. However, costs can vary depending on the specific treatment center, length of stay, and services provided.

Most private insurance plans cover at least a portion of treatment costs for mental health and substance use conditions. We offer a no-obligation insurance verification to help potential patients and their families understand their coverage options and maximize benefits.

For those without insurance, there are several ways to manage the costs of PHP treatment:

Cash, Credit, and Loans

Most Massachusetts rehab centers accept cash or credit payments. Many patients often receive funding through loans provided by family, friends, or institutions that specialize in addiction financing.


Sliding-Fee Scales and Payment Plans

Some PHPs in Massachusetts offer cost adjustments based on income or allow payments over time for qualified individuals.


Low-Cost/Free Rehabs

Some treatment centers in Massachusetts offer low-cost or free treatment for those with special circumstances or limited income.


Local, State, or Federal Funding

Organizations like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offer grants and scholarships for treatment

We accept most insurance plans

We accept a wide range of insurance plans, making it easier for more people to get the quality care they need without worrying about the cost.

How Long Does a PHP Last?

The length of a partial hospitalization program for addiction treatment can vary significantly depending on a variety of factors. These factors include your specific clinical needs, the strength and availability of your support networks, and whether you have co-occurring disorders that must be addressed. Generally, these programs are designed to last anywhere from 30 to 90 days.4 However, this timeframe can be adjusted to better suit the unique circumstances and requirements of each individual.

An essential aspect of these programs, regardless of their duration, is the emphasis on ongoing follow-up sessions after the initial phase of treatment. These follow-up sessions play a critical role in the recovery process. Continual engagement in these sessions over the long term is key to effectively managing substance use disorders. The support and guidance provided in these follow-ups help individuals maintain the progress they’ve made and address any new challenges that arise, thereby contributing significantly to the overall success of the treatment.4

How to Find a Partial Hospitalization Program in Massachusetts

Rockland Recovery proudly offers specialized PHP programs in Massachusetts, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. We focus on providing personalized treatment plans and professional support, ensuring that our clients receive the best possible care in a supportive and healing environment.

In addition to the PHP programs we offer at Rockland Recovery, we recommend exploring the resources provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for more information. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, available at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is a toll-free service operating 24/7. This helpline can provide information about substance use treatment and recovery support resources in your area. Furthermore, SAMHSA’s website hosts a comprehensive database of treatment facilities, including options for partial hospitalization programs throughout Massachusetts.

For immediate medical attention, especially in cases of severe symptoms or emergencies, it is crucial to call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency department without delay. SAMHSA’s 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is also an invaluable resource for those experiencing a substance use and/or mental health crisis or any other kind of emotional distress. By calling or texting 988 or using the chat function at www.988lifeline.org, individuals can connect with trained counselors who are available around the clock.

Additionally, SAMHSA offers specific resources for families and loved ones of individuals struggling with substance use disorders. These resources are designed to help families cope with the challenges associated with mental and substance use disorders, providing support and guidance during difficult times.

Our team of medical professionals is here to provide the care and assistance needed to navigate the challenges of addiction and foster lasting recovery.

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Get Help With Our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Massachusetts

If you’re ready to take the next step toward addiction recovery and improved mental health, we are here to support you. Contact our treatment team online or by calling 855.732.4842 to learn more about our partial hospitalization program in Massachusetts. Our compassionate team is dedicated to helping patients and family members overcome addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Take the first step toward dealing with your addiction(s) today—contact us to begin your treatment journey.

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Rockland Recovery is a leader in addiction treatment and mental health care. Our multidisciplinary team of top medical experts is committed to addressing the unique needs of each patient. Reach out to us anytime – we are available 24/7.

For additional information or to find addiction treatment and mental health services in your area, contact us directly or visit SAMSHA’s treatment locator. For immediate assistance, call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or 855.732.4842 to speak to a Care Coordinator at Rockland Recovery.

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). TIP 47: Substance abuse: Clinical issues in intensive outpatient treatment.
  2. National Institutes of Health. (2015). Substance abuse intensive outpatient programs: Assessing the evidence.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Effective Treatment.
  4. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse: Clinical Issues in Intensive Outpatient Treatment. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US). (2006). Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 47.
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Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.

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