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What A Usual Day In Drug Rehab Consists Of

A Typical Day In Alcohol Or Substance Treatment

Looking for treatment for an addiction is the first step towards leading a healthy and happy life. Discover how to program for a normal day in therapy.


If you're thinking about going into treatment, you're probably curious about what a standard day is like.

Residential inpatient rehabs are very organized and systemized; most have the same activities and therapies. This structure assures the patients of safety and provides a conducive environment that alleviates uncertainty and anxiety to promote healing and recovery. Daily activities might vary depending on the centre and what things they offer.


There are very many treatment options out there but all of them follow a standard framework of sorts.


A usual day in rehab facility might look something like this:


Early Morning Meetings And A Nutritious Breakfast

You can expect to wake up early in the morning for a healthy meal since sleeping in is regarded as a wrong way of starting the day in rehab.

To start your day relaxed some treatment centres have meditation, yoga or some other morning class.

An integral part of the treatment is to develop new healthy habits that are important in post-discharge life and for sobriety.


Usually, there will be a group meeting led by a physician or counsellor after the breakfast, in which subjects connected to the rehab process, the 12-step procedure, addiction and recovery will be discussed. A major part of drug rehab is understanding what issues, people, and situations in your like have fed into your tendency to abuse drugs or alcohol.

These routine assemblies, in the protection of a managed therapeutic surrounding, will greatly support you to start to identify kinds of characters you can modify or particular inducers to stay away from post-therapy.


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Afternoons Including Daily Therapy

The most in-depth therapy is reserved for the afternoons. The start of numerous therapeutic discussions will usually commence after a healthy lunch.


Some of the activities are:

  • Individual therapy on behaviour.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in addiction rehab facilities one of the most efficient procedures used.
  • The way you react to particular triggers is the focus of CBT.
  • The counsellor will, after triggers are recognized, to healthier and modified reactions to them.
  • You can discuss your worries and fears in the secure surroundings of individual therapy sessions and the counsellor will help you develop modified behavioural reactions to these anxiety triggers.
  • Group Therapy
  • Involvement in group sessions offers a particular comradeship, as every member has witnessed the battles of dependence.
  • It can help with emotional healing to hear other participants share their unique stories with each other.
  • They tend to have confidence in each other, feel free to discuss their problems, and help each other out after repeated interactions at the facility.
  • Specialized Sessions
  • A good number of therapy bases offer particularized treatment sittings.
  • They might focus on stress management or grief counselling and will help develop coping mechanisms to help you handle issues in a calm, controlled manner instead of feeling the urge to use drugs or alcohol.
  • Family Treatment
  • This is included in most programs because the support of family members is integral in the healing process for addicts.
  • Addiction often affects the family unit as it gives rise to different habits such as co-dependency and enabling behaviours and in some situations resentment and a lot of anger.
  • At the time of the family treatment sessions, most of the matters are handled and emotions are taken care of.
  • After leaving the facility, their ability to fight off addiction depends on how much assistance they receive from members of their family.

Apart from therapy, some centres also bring speakers on board who share their personal stories with substance abuse and recovery thereby providing hope to the addicts currently receiving treatment at the centre. Motivational talks or encouragement on how to make a living out of their professions may be the focus of the motivational speakers.

There are also many treatments that involve alternative therapies to provide a wider choice at some substance abuse rehab facilities.

Supplemental therapies might include:

  • Therapy through art and music
  • Dance programs
  • Therapy known as Biofeedback
  • Therapy referred to as Neurofeedback
  • Programs for different exercises
  • Equine therapy

Rehabilitation And Spare Time

In the afternoon there are commonly a few hours which patients can spend the way they like as their free time.

Some rehabs may have swimming pools, or other activities such as soccer, table tennis, or volleyball as part of their physical exercise.

Praying, meditating, and reading are some ways the patients use their free moments.


Evenings In Meetings About The 12 Step Plan

After dinner, another short group session may be held. It is a good idea that after dinner, they can still engage in the 12-step program. The gatherings offers a secure, honourable and unidentified surrounding in which comradeship can be developed - that functions as an inherent feature for a prolonged sobriety.

Health habits are being made in treatment, so residents are encouraged to have a reasonable bedtime. By having enough sleep, most clients are able to maintain concentration levels at an optimum as well as have energy for the task ahead of each day so they can participate fully.


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You need to start looking for a right centre for you since now you know what awaits you in a usual day in substance abuse treatment. Talk with a therapy professional on 0800 246 1509 and allow us to support you figure out the ideal rehabilitation base for you.