Our Partial Hospitalization Program

This full-time program provides intensive addiction treatment delivered through various holistic and evidence-based modalities, ensuring that each client receives the comprehensive, quality care that they deserve

Partial Hospitalization Program in Asheville, NC

Individuals who require post-residential treatment as well as primary treatment but are not able to attend inpatient programs can benefit from Asheville Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program. This full-time program provides intensive addiction treatment delivered through various holistic and evidence-based modalities, ensuring that each client receives the comprehensive, quality care that they deserve.

Partial Hospitalization Program
Partial Hospitalization Program
Partial Hospitalization Program
Partial Hospitalization Program

Partial Hospitalization program

About Our Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program at Asheville Recovery Center aims to provide comprehensive care to individuals who do not require residency at a facility but are in need of intensive addiction treatment. Clients in this program attend various therapy sessions full-time throughout the week and return to a sober living environment at the close of each day. Modalities within this program include individual and group therapies, holistic therapies, therapeutic exercise and nutrition classes, and much more.

What is a PHP?

Partial hospitalization programs are intensive, full-time drug rehab programs that treat substance use disorders while providing comprehensive care. Individuals may either transfer or “step down” from residential inpatient treatment to a PHP or “step up” from a relatively less intense, standard outpatient program. Individuals in PHP programs are medically monitored during treatment and receive a variety of evidence-based therapies. PHPs allow individuals to live outside of treatment while still providing comprehensive care for substance use disorders.

Who is a Partial Hospitalization Program Best For?

A partial hospitalization program may be a good fit for people who are experiencing the following:

  • Are able to stay sober while outside of treatment, but are in need of intensive addiction care
  • Have already completed an inpatient rehab program and need continued treatment
  • Have a co-occurring disorder, also known as a dual diagnosis 
  • Live in an environment that isn’t suitable for sustained sobriety
  • Are failing to progress while in an intensive outpatient program (IOP) 

A person may enter a PHP in a variety of ways. Some people enroll directly in them, while others are transferred after completing a hospital or residential program, known as ‘step down.’ Furthermore, some seek ‘step up’ treatment in partial hospitalization. This occurs when someone relapses while attending an outpatient program or is at risk of relapse due to a major life change or mental health issues.

What to expect in a Partial Hospitalization Program

How Long Does a PHP Last?

The type of addiction treatment you receive is determined by what you are struggling with and how serious your addiction is. The duration of a PHP is determined by these same factors. The first phase of partial hospitalization is meeting with one of our team members who will assess your condition and determine your treatment requirements.

PHP rehab may last a few weeks or a few months, depending on your circumstances. With the help of partial hospitalization, you will learn how to live independently without fear of relapse or not knowing how to handle triggering situations. Regardless of how long you participate in the program, you will learn skills that will benefit you for a lifetime.

What to Expect

The PHP program usually begins with a diagnostic interview conducted by one of the clinic’s specialists. Another member of the team will take a medical history and perform a physical examination. During the intake phase, the patient will be assessed for any severe mental health problems that would require additional treatment as well as undergo drug and alcohol screening.

An individualized treatment plan will be developed by a multidisciplinary team of mental and medical health providers using information from these assessments, with input from the client and his or her family. While in treatment, the person’s goals will be determined, as well as a discharge and relapse prevention plan.

There are several group sessions, with occasional one-on-one sessions with a doctor or therapist, throughout the week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

PHP vs IOP: What’s the Difference?

PHPs and IOPs differ in that an IOP provides less time. An intensive outpatient program provides 9 hours of programming per week, whereas a PHP provides 20 hours. Medical and psychiatric care is also provided in PHPs, while IOPs are less likely to offer these services.

What is Offered in a PHP?

PHPs provide a transitional stage between inpatient rehab and outpatient services that allows clients to live semi-independently, thanks to the immersive and effective addiction treatment involved. This stage is often referred to as the ‘step between residential treatment and outpatient services’ and offers a wide range of treatment options. The following therapies and treatments are offered in our partial hospitalization program:

Partial Hospitalization Program

Individual Therapy

Individual sessions are more intimate, allowing clients to process events and feelings that they may feel the need to keep private in the larger group sessions. In these sessions, therapists build trust with clients and utilize techniques like dialectical behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy to help patients process difficult emotions and form healthy coping mechanisms that will assist them in functioning in their daily lives.

Group Therapy 

This gives clients an opportunity to work on social skills and forming healthy, supportive relationships in a facilitated environment. Clients also get opportunities to relate to each other’s experiences, process emotions, and trauma, and hold one another accountable. All group therapy sessions, informed by advances in mental health and addiction treatment, are monitored and directed by licensed therapists experienced in guiding group dynamics. 

Experiential Therapies

An experiential psychotherapy session is one in which patients engage in physical, hands-on activities or experiences that allow them to open up to their therapist. Individuals who have difficulty expressing deep emotions or talking about painful times in their lives may benefit from this type of therapy. Examples of experiential therapy include the following: 


There is a growing trend toward using yoga as a complementary or supplementary health practice in substance abuse treatment programs. In addition to conventional substance abuse treatment methods, yoga is often used to help prevent relapse, reduce withdrawal symptoms, and provide an outlet for handling daily life triggers and stresses.

Tai Chi 

More and more addiction treatment centers are including Tai Chi in their roster of complementary treatments. Tai Chi is associated with improved concentration, better physical coordination, balance, increased self-esteem, and a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression.

Twelve-Step Facilitation 

PHP clients at Asheville Recovery Center have the opportunity to attend and participate in outside twelve-step fellowship meetings, where they can seek a sponsor and work the steps as well as form a support network of friends with long-term sobriety.

Therapeutic Exercise 

An individual may benefit from exercise therapy while recovering from substance abuse. Exercise therapy might be used to help individuals return to their normal functioning, avoid future injuries, and improve their overall health and well-being. Physical activity improves blood flow and releases feel-good endorphins in the brain, thus lowering and controlling stress. Exercise therapy may also be used to prevent future substance abuse or alcohol consumption.

Holistic Therapy

Holistic therapies are available to PHP clients at Asheville to help them learn mindfulness techniques, heal spiritually, and connect with their peers and the world around them.

Dharma Therapy 

The purpose of Dharma therapy, a Buddhist teaching-based therapeutic technique, is to assist patients with coping with psychological issues. This therapy helps clients understand that craving leads to suffering, that less craving leads to less suffering, and that by understanding the reality of suffering, we can achieve a fulfilling life by accepting the world as it is rather than as we would like it to be. 

Evidence-Based Therapy

Evidence-based therapies are intended to engage clients in their healing and emphasize the long-term success of clients. They seek to alter clients’ drug-related thoughts and actions by enhancing their life skills and their ability to cope with difficult circumstances and drug cravings. Incentives for sobriety may be provided by some behavioral approaches, which have been shown to be highly efficient.

What to expect in a PHP program

Small Group Therapy

The client must bond with other addicts and comprehend the adverse effects of their addiction in order to recover. In addition to identifying themselves with other people, a crucial element of small group therapy is self-insight. People who are addicted often believe that no one else could feel as terrible as they do. Small group therapy is provided so they can realize that they are not the only ones fighting this battle. Because the sessions are small and the therapist-client ratio is low, this creates an intimate, safe environment in which clients can express their feelings.

Mindfulness Therapy

Mindfulness is a contemplative practice that has been around for centuries, as it helps become increase awareness and focus in everyday life. Today, mindfulness-based therapies are used to combat addiction. This form of therapy is intended to get brain areas that have been compromised by substance abuse back in working order. According to research, it may be possible to enhance addiction recovery probabilities by boosting fundamental positive cognitive processes. 


Aftercare is caring for people who have already gone through some type of drug or alcohol rehabilitation. Whether you’ve been through a facility, a partial hospitalization program, or one of our specific treatment tracks, aftercare can always be beneficial. Clients who want to remain connected to a recovery community post-treatment may continue to receive the services they received throughout treatment at Asheville Recovery Center. Aftercare includes individualized treatment, group therapy, medication management, and dual diagnosis therapy, among other things.

How Much Does a PHP Cost?

According to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), marketplace insurance plans must provide at least partial coverage for psychotherapy, inpatient care, and substance use disorder treatments. However, PHP coverage will depend on the plan you have. The specialists at Asheville Recovery Center are happy to conduct a free insurance verification for you to determine how exactly treatment will be covered. They are also available to answer any questions you may have regarding cost.

Benefits of a PHP

At Asheville Recovery Center, our PHP track offers a variety of therapeutic services and benefits to individuals in early recovery from substance addiction. The benefits of enrolling in our partial hospitalization program include:

  • Continued supervision and accountability to sobriety
  • Having a community of peers to offer support during early recovery
  • Continued treatment of any underlying or co-occurring disorders
  • A gradual transition from an institution to a normal daily routine
  • Clinical and social support throughout the process of navigating early recovery
  • Access to a more holistic addiction treatment program that includes family counseling, group therapy, and individual therapy during the transition into a sober living residence

Is a PHP Right For Me?

PHP may be suitable for you if you recently had a hospitalization or if you are engaging in behaviors (including substance use) or unhealthy coping strategies that are adversely impacting your work, school, or relationships despite receiving outpatient treatment.

The Partial Hospitalization Program at Asheville Recovery Center 

During participation in partial hospitalization (day treatment) at the Asheville Recovery Center, all individuals are met with a unique treatment plan that serves their needs. Clients are housed in sober living residences during treatment so that they are surrounded by healthy, positive support from peers and supervisory behavioral technicians as they heal mentally, emotionally, and spiritually from their addiction.

To learn more about this or any of our other addiction treatment programs, contact the professionals at Asheville Recovery Center today. You do not need to struggle alone any longer. We look forward to hearing from you.