Inpatient Drug Rehab vs. IOP vs. PHP

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM
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For those seeking to abstain from drugs and alcohol, enrolling in a treatment center may be the best option for successful recovery. Individuals pursuing treatment have different needs based on their personal circumstances. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options available catering to a variety of needs and backgrounds. The most common are Inpatient Rehab, Intensive Outpatient (IOP), and Partial Hospitalization (PHP). Each one is characterized by continued care and a structured environment focused on safely withdrawing from substances and teaching life skills to continue with sobriety.

These programs are strongly recommended for anyone who has been drinking or using substances for years and is unable to abstain. This is anyone who may be using drugs and alcohol simply to maintain a feeling of normalcy. Attempting to quit a serious substance dependence without the right support is not recommended, because it carries a higher risk of failure and relapse. Before entering rehab, one should examine their patterns of use, the symptoms they develop when abstaining for a short period of time, and whether they live in an environment that makes sobriety particularly difficult.


Inpatient Drug Rehab vs. IOP vs. PHP


Inpatient Rehab (Residential Treatment)

Inpatient Rehab, also known as Residential Treatment, is what most people think of when they think of going to rehab. Inpatient care takes place at a facility and typically involves living in the facility for 30 - 90 days. The length of stay depends entirely on the facility. While enrolled in inpatient rehab, a resident may first undergo medically supervised detoxification. During detox, the patient will completely withdraw from their substance, often times through the use of supplemental medications that ease withdrawal symptoms, such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Methadone. This process typically lasts 7-10 days.


The rest of a patient’s stay in a residential treatment center is centered around teaching the patient skills related to continued sobriety, therapy sessions designed to explore the underlying triggers of substance abuse, and support groups designed to help recovering addicts share their story in a safe, private environment. Here the patient can build a network of support and skills that will serve their continued sobriety.


One of the major benefits of this kind of treatment is that the person is removed from their living environment. Though not always the case, their environment may likely be an underlying cause for triggering their substance use. It helps to break free from this and begin in a fresh environment that allows one to examine their life from a distance. By remaining in a treatment facility, the patient is able to fully focus on their recovery.


Partial Hospitalization (PHP) or Outpatient Treatment Programs

The Partial Hospitalization program for substance addiction is structured similarly to inpatient treatment but not as restrictive. The patient may live at home or in a sober living environment. Outpatient treatment is suitable for those patients who do not meet medical criteria for inpatient treatment. PHP offers more flexibility with daily schedules and operates Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. When the patient is not participating in outpatient sessions, they must voluntarily abstain from drugs and alcohol.


Those who receive outpatient care still have access to a support network and are not facing recovery alone. Outpatient care includes support groups, counseling sessions, and access to Narcotics Anonymous as well as Alcoholics Anonymous. The resources provided through the outpatient program, supports the patient who is transitioning home with the goal of maintaining long-term sobriety.


Partial Hospitalization (PHP)

A Partial Hospitalization Program (or PHP) is one in which the program for recovery is similar to inpatient, but not as restricted. Partial hospitalization means just that: the patient is only partially required to stay within the facility. Outside of medical check-ups, therapy, and activities, the patient is allowed to live at home or within a separate sober living home. PHP works best for those who still need to work or take care of responsibilities at home, and typically operates on a Mon-Fri basis.


With partial hospitalization, the patient has access to support groups, counselors, and recovery resources. This type of treatment is ideal for people who have completed inpatient rehab, and can benefit from a structured step-down in level of program intensity, to help ease the transition into an independent lifestyle. PHP participants work with staff and other members to develop comprehensive aftercare plans that ensure that when the person has completed their stay in PHP, they will leave with a well constructed plan that identifies the professional referrals and other resources to support continued recovery.


Intensive Outpatient Rehab

Intensive Outpatient Rehab (known as IOP or Intensive Outpatient Program) is designed for people with substance abuse problems as well as dual diagnoses with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. IOP’s are an alternative to inpatient rehab. Whereas with inpatient you will be in a medically supervised environment for 1 to 3 months, IOP allows the freedom to come and go. IOP contains many of the same services however, such as therapy, relapse management, and coping strategies.


Research has shown intensive outpatient rehab to be as successful as other forms of treatment available. IOP typically ranges from 9 or more hours per week of sessions in a facility, allowing the patient to live at home and carry on with their day to day activities. IOP is sometimes preferred in less severe cases of addiction because it allows the patient to continue working, take care of any dependents, and hopefully become more well adjusted to sober life in their community.


A typical IOP session will last from 1-3 hours per session and can include group recovery work, individual counseling, family therapy, individual therapy, or expressive therapy. Because of its more voluntary and less restrictive nature, patients may choose to drop out or gradually lessen their involvement in IOP. This is strongly discouraged, unless doing so is the recommended course of action from the clinical professional seeing that person. Although IOP may not be the perfect solution for every candidate, it is great for those deemed to be qualified.


Other Programs Offered at Landmark Recovery



For many addicts, the first step of recovery is detoxification. For some addicts, withdrawal can be life threatening. For that reason, it is recommended that you seek a residential treatment center that provide medically supervised detox. Withdrawal symptoms can vary according to the level of addiction and the physical health of the person affected. Immediate physical symptoms can be alleviated with the help of detox, and the lasting withdrawal symptoms can be addressed during residential or outpatient treatment.


Continued Care (Alumni Aftercare)

After patients successfully complete treatment with Landmark Recovery, they become part of our Alumni Aftercare Program. we offer a fully integrated support network for all alumni, so that they can continue walking down their road to recovery with the support necessary to achieve success. Learn more about our Alumni Program.


Next Steps

Landmark Recovery was created out of a desire to offer comprehensive inpatient drug rehab treatment options for those suffering from substance abuse. Our highly trained, highly talented staff is working to ensure that every patient who comes through our doors leaves healthier, happier, and better equipped to live a life of freedom from mind altering substances. 


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