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Our LA Partial Hospitalization Program

Also known as PHP, a partial hospitalization program is an intensive level of outpatient care ideal for clients coming directly from a residential treatment or IIP program. A PHP offers a structured treatment environment while also offering the flexibility of going home each night to friends and family.

Clients that enroll in our Los Angeles location’s PHP program will participate in six hours of group therapy, five days per week. Clients will also receive two hours of individual therapy and one hour of family therapy each week. All clients will learn key recovery skills through behavioral and experiential therapy.

Clients enrolled in PHP at The Heights Treatment’s Los Angeles facility will have the option to participate in weekly pickleball, kickboxing, hikes, beach yoga, and rock climbing.

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Partial Hospitalization Program At a Glance

Treatment Modality

Duration & Frequency

Conditions Treated

Group therapy
6 hours daily
Mental Health Conditions, Substance Use Disorder, Dual Diagnosis
Individual therapy
2 hours weekly
Mental Health Conditions, Substance Use Disorder, Dual Diagnosis
Family therapy
1 hour weekly
Mental Health Conditions, Substance Use Disorder, Dual Diagnosis
Medication assisted treatment
Mental Health Conditions, Substance Use Disorder, Dual Diagnosis

Our PHP groups meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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How (and Why) PHP Works

In The Heights Treatment’s partial hospitalization program, also known as “day treatment,” clients receive up to 30 hours of clinically intensive programming per week, as specified in the patient’s treatment plan. Clients will have direct access to psychiatric, medical and laboratory

This level of care allows clients to better deal with:

  • Acute intoxication and/or withdrawal potential,
  • Biomedical conditions,
  • Emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions that warrant daily monitoring or management.

Efficacy of Partial Hospitalization Programs

Many studies have demonstrated the efficacy of partial hospitalization programs for improving treatment outcomes. In one study that evaluated rehabilitation outcomes for veterans with substance use disorder, the rate of employment among patients who completed the PHP was 41 percent versus 6 percent for those who did not. 

Another study of individuals who completed detoxification or partial hospitalization treatment for opioid use disorder showed that approximately 40% of the sample remained completely abstinent one-month post-discharge. Among individuals who returned to substance use, they did so at a significantly lower rate than pre-treatment levels.

In addition to its effectiveness for treating substance use disorders, PHPs are also effective for treating mental disorders, including eating disorders.

Treatment Team

The Heights Treatment Los Angeles PHP Team

Click on the links below to learn about the PHP staff in Los Angeles.

Medical Director M.D
Primary Therapist LMFT
Primary Therapist AMFT
Primary Therapist AMFT
Case Manager

What Our Los Angeles PHP Alumni Are Saying

I gained so much insight and healing from their holistic approach to recovery. I even got EMDR therapy as a part of my treatment (would personally recommend this modality for trauma and PTSD). From the top down, the staff are a lovely bunch of people. I won't name them here, but they know who they are 🙂

Patrick YatesAlumni

I was very impressed with The Heights and their amazing clinical team. Their program is truly holistic and client centered. The environment in Santa Monica felt very warm. Samantha and Susie made me feel very welcomed. I highly recommend their outpatient program.

Remy OlivierAlumni

Heights Treatment is an incredible place! The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The campus had a warm feeling to it. When I went on a tour I could immediately tell that amazing things were happening within those walls. I would definitely recommend sending a loved one who is going through struggles to Heights Treatment in LA.

Jay MortonAlumni

The Heights Treatment team is so helpful and knowledgeable. They worked closely with my family to help my sister when she was in need of treatment and struggling with her depression. They got her on the right medications and she has been doing well ever since.

Eric RievleyAlumni

The Heights Treatment PHP and the Continuum of Care

At The Heights Treatment, we strongly believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to treatment for mental health issues, substance use disorders, or co-occurring diagnoses. 

Every client who undergoes treatment at The Heights Treatment first completes a pre-assessment. Based on this assessment, the Clinical Director and Treatment Team determine the appropriate Level of Care for the client. 

Once the appropriate level of care is determined, the care each client receives is individualized based on:

  • The results of the client’s multidimensional biopsychosocial assessment based on ASAM Criteria
  • The client’s perceived needs
  • The determination of the multidisciplinary treatment team

When the client has completed the goals on their treatment plan and/or has stabilized in recovery to such an extent that they can complete the treatment process at a less restrictive level of care, the client will transition to a lower LOC.

ASAM Assessment and the Continuum of Care

The ASAM Criteria is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for placement, continued stay, transfer, or discharge of patients with addiction and co-occurring conditions.

Using the ASAM Criteria in conjunction with our The Heights Treatment clinical staff’s professional judgment enables us to provide outcome-oriented, results-based care in our addiction treatment.

ASAM outlines various levels of care based on the outcome of the 6 ASAM dimensions assessment. These levels of care are on a scale ranging from 0.5 to 4, with 4 being the most intensive.

At The Heights Treatment, when the client has completed the goals on their PHP treatment plan and/or has stabilized in recovery to such an extent that they can complete the treatment process at a less restrictive level of care, such as our Intensive Outpatient Program, the client will transition to a lower LOC.

Continuum of Care at a Glance

Level .5

Prevention/Early Intervention

Targets individuals at risk to prevent substance abuse through education and early support.

Level 1


Participants live at home and attend regular treatment sessions, suitable for mild conditions

Level 2

Intensive Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization

More frequent sessions than outpatient, blending intensive care with community living.

Level 3


24/7 care in a live-in facility, offering structured treatment for severe addictions.

Level 4

Intensive Inpatient

Highly structured, intensive care in a hospital setting for the most severe cases, including medical detox and stabilization.

Frequently Asked Questions about PHP Los Angeles

How does the PHP incorporate physical and experiential activities into treatment?

In addition to traditional therapy, the PHP at The Heights Treatment’s Los Angeles facility includes physical and experiential activities such as weekly pickleball, kickboxing, hikes, beach yoga, and rock climbing. These activities are designed to complement the therapeutic process, promoting physical health, mental well-being, and a sense of accomplishment and community among clients.

How is the transition from PHP to less intensive care managed at The Heights Treatment in Los Angeles?

At The Heights Treatment in Los Angeles, the transition from PHP to a less intensive level of care, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) or regular outpatient care, is carefully managed through a continuum-of-care approach. This process begins with a thorough assessment of each client’s progress, needs, and readiness to move to a less structured environment. The multidisciplinary treatment team collaborates to adjust the treatment plan accordingly, ensuring a seamless transition that supports sustained recovery and minimizes the risk of relapse.

What types of therapeutic modalities are used in the PHP at The Heights Treatment, Los Angeles?

The PHP at The Heights Treatment in Los Angeles utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapeutic modalities to address substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma-informed care approaches, among others. Additionally, the program incorporates experiential therapies such as Equine therapy and mindfulness practices to provide a well-rounded and effective treatment experience.