What Is the Difference between Residential, PHP and IOP Treatment?

What Is a Residential Rehab Program?

Rehabilitation in a residential setting is referred to as residential rehab. In residential rehab, patients reside in a facility that is often more reminiscent of a home for the length of their treatment. Treatments can vary anywhere in length from a few days to 30, 60 or 90 days or more. (The duration of stay can be shorter or longer depending on many factors, including insurance or financial concerns, the type of addiction, as well as co-occurring addictions or mental health disorders).
 The duration of stay is wholly dependent on how well the individual is doing during their stay in rehab.

What Is a Detox Program?

In many situations, treatment will start with detoxification (detox) before the more formal treatment begins. Detox is the process of expelling harmful toxins and addictive substances like alcohol and/or drugs from the body. There can be many side effects to detox, such as nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and much more. This is why we have nursing staff and medical doctors (board certified addictionologists) to help keep you comfortable during the detox process.

Following the detoxification, typical treatments can include group therapy, counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and training in relapse prevention. This is all done under the roof of the residential rehab, which allows for a much more immersive and focused experience, removing you from the temptations that you might be used to at home. It is also not uncommon to travel to a different state far away from home to attend residential rehab, as to completely remove and “reset” yourself.

What Is a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)?

A partial hospitalization program (PHP) can sometimes be referred to as day rehab. It allows someone seeking treatment to have the intensity of residential recovery programs, but to return to their own home at night. PHP has many of the same components of inpatient full-time residential programs, and can be just as effective for the right candidate.

Think of PHP as the middle ground between full-time in-patient care and an outpatient program. You’ll spend several hours every day going over standard treatments and programs to help with your detox process and recovery. At the end of the day, you’d return to your own home and will return back to the program the next day. Some of these programs can include individual and group therapy, family therapy, music and art therapy, as well as support groups and counseling.

What Is an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)?

Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) may be recommended for people who don’t need a medically supervised detox and, following a clinical and medical assessment, may or may not be recommended for rehab. This form of program allows for people to participate in recovery while accommodating family and work life.

IOP enables patients to rebuild their personal life and repair family ties, while still participating in intensive treatment. This can help to create the foundation for a long term recovery, as they build support in their community and regular environments.

Following a clinical assessment, the treatment team will assess the viability of the IOP program to each individual’s needs. Counseling is an important step to take along with IOP to help you take the right steps forward in your recovery.

Choosing the Drug or Alcohol Treatment that Is Right for You

Choosing the right program and the right location for your rehabilitation is one of the most important decisions you and your loved ones can make for your recovery. If you are unsure as to what might be right for you, it is important that you have an assessment and thoroughly weigh the options to see what could work best for you in the long term.

We offer customized assessments, giving you a clearer picture of what will best facilitate your recovery. You’ll be able to compare the different types of rehab recommended for you. While you may prefer to continue to work and live at home while in rehab, you might need a more intensive treatment plan depending on the level of your addiction and how it is impacting your life.

Here is a quick recap of the different levels of care offered for those seeking drug or alcohol rehab:

Residential Drug Rehab Programs

Residential treatment offers recovery in a home-like setting, giving you a comfortable place to focus completely and solely on your recovery. Residential rehab programs can facilitate a medication-assisted detox, and you will be removed from your normal environment so you can focus completely on yourself and your healing as you go through intensive work towards recovery.

Partial Hospitalization Drug Rehab Programs

During the day, you will go to treatments and programs to focus on your recovery. At the end of the day, you will have the opportunity return to the comfort of your own home. PHP is considered the middle ground between a full time residential rehab and a part-time intensive outpatient program. However, it can be dangerous for some people to return home or to old, familiar places, testing temptation.

Intensive Outpatient Programs

With this option, you will attend programs and treatments while remaining fully involved in your own personal life. This type of program allows you to do things like continue working and living at home so you can maintain and repair relationships sooner. However, you will not be as focused as the other programs and it could lead to relapse quicker.

Get Help for Drug and Alcohol Addiction

The treatment team here at Cliffside Malibu engages individuals to enjoy life free of chemical dependency, facilitating a renewed passion for a thriving life. Our clinical framework embodies the Transtheoretical Model which identifies behavior change on a continuum otherwise known as the Stages of Change. Our goal is to move individuals through their treatment by assessing their readiness for change and formulating stage-matched interventions in order to move them through their respective stage. After carefully accessing each individual, they are matched with one of the five stages:

  • Pre Contemplation
  • Contemplation
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance

An individualized treatment plan is then created based on their current stage of change.

It is the policy of Cliffside Malibu to ensure that all individuals who present with chemical dependency issues are assessed for the appropriate level of care. We strive to provide the full continuum of care to our patients including medically supervised detox, residential treatment, day treatment and outpatient services. Services are provided to individuals with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse and/or alcohol addiction.

Individuals seeking treatment are assessed by qualified staff to ensure program criteria are met and that each individual admitted is placed in the appropriate level of care for treatment. The program is designed and structured for individuals who are in need of a supportive environment in order to maintain sobriety.

Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about our rehab programming.

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