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What A Usual Day In Drug Rehab Consists Of

A Normal Day In Alcohol Or Drug Rehabilitation

The journey towards a better, happier life started with the decision to get treatment for drug or alcohol addiction. Get to know what to anticipate for a typical day in rehabilitation.


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 creates the best condition that will aid their decision to quit drugs, thus reducing the anxiety and hopelessness that the patients might have entertained. The daily activities vary according to the setting of the treatment centre and the amenities that are available.


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


A typical day in rehab might look like this:


Healthy Breakfasts And Early Gatherings In The Morning

Treatment does not consider sleeping in part of therapy, so expect to wake up early and have a well rounded breakfast.

To help patient start the day on a good note, some rehabs include serious thinking and yoga in their recovery plans.

Treatment and recovery focuses in part on learning new, better habits that will become part of a regular routine once inpatient treatment is completed.


There is usually a crew sitting after breakfast headed by a counsellor or therapist that pays attention on matters connected to the healing procedure, the 12-step plan, dependence and recuperation. Understanding how the people, environment and problems in your life led to the need for alcohol or drugs is an important part of the rehab.

Held in a security of supervised therapeutic surroundings, these daily sessions will aid you to see the patterns in your actions which you can modify or particular triggers to stay away from after the rehab.


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Afternoons And Daily Therapy

The most intense therapy is during the middle of the day. You can start the recovery activities when you are through with your lunch.


These usually include:

  • Helping the patients to change their habits as a way of helping them overcome their addiction.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), in addiction rehab facilities one of the most efficient procedures used.
  • CBT aims to modify the way you respond to various triggers.
  • The moment these are noted, the healer will lead you to fresh, better reactions to those activators.
  • The individual therapy sessions offer you the opportunity to open up and share your feelings whether fear or anxiety in a safe and respectful environment so that the therapist can also provide you with tools to deal with alternative behavioural responses to your triggers and anxiety
  • Sessions For Group Therapy
  • Involvement in group sessions offers a particular comradeship, as every member has witnessed the battles of dependence.
  • To allow for emotional healing, it is encouraged that every one of the participants shares their story with substance abuse.
  • Patients will develop trust among them which can lead to more open sessions and to honest empathy and understanding for the other patients' situations, because group therapy participants will feel a sense of companionship after some time in treatment.
  • Specialized Sessions
  • Specialized counselling sessions are provided by some centres.
  • 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 Therapy
  • Most rehabs include the assistance of family members in their plans because of the important role they can play.
  • Dangerous co-dependency often comes as a result of an addiction that impacts the whole family, enabling actions of extreme irritation and rage.
  • During the family therapy sessions, these issues and feelings are dealt with and resolved in order to provide a conducive setting for continued recovery.
  • Family participation and support are key to the long term success of a rehabilitation program; it factors heavily in long term success after discharge.

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. In some cases, the speakers dig into practical matters such as recreating professions post-therapy, or just give inspirational speeches to aid elevate souls.

There are also some supplemental therapies offered, giving a wide variety of options in many rehab centres.

Using music and other related activities for healing

  • Dance programs
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Exercise plans
  • Equine therapy
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There Are Normally A Few Hours Of Free Time Present During The Afternoon To Be Utilized As The Resident Chooses To

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

Residents can also opt to spend their free time reading or journaling, while others choose prayer or meditation.

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After Dinner There May Be A Second Squad Sitting

Highly recommended 12 Step programs are available in the evenings. As a means to help with long term sobriety, these meeting are set in an anonymous, safe and comfortable setting to allow for oneness and fellowship to develop. Because they are helped to change their behaviour, they must sleep as early as possible.

They will have enough stamina to participate in the morning programs if they sleep well the night before. BLANK


Finding The Right Rehab For Yourself Is The Next Step After You Are Acquainted With The Activities In A Rehabilitation Centre

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