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What Happens In A Typical Drug Rehab Day

How A Typical Alcohol Or Drug Rehabilitation Centre Operates

Making up your mind to look for therapy for a substance or alcohol dependence is simply the beginning of your path to a joyous and exciting life. Find out how to plan for a typical day in rehab.


What a typical day at a rehabilitation will be may be your concern when contemplating seeking medical assistance there.

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. There may be some differences in what you do everyday according to the equipment and some other factors.


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


Here is a perfect example of what a normal day in therapy might be like:


Mornings Include Healthy Breakfast And Early Meetings

People wake up very early in order to partake of a healthy breakfast and so sleeping in is not common.

Some programs provide for early morning activities such as yoga and other exercise in order to kick-start your day with high levels of energy and a relaxed mind.

Changing your routine for the life without drugs is crucial and that is why healthy patterns are being developed as a part of the rehab and recovery procedures.


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.

Through attending daily meetings in a safe, therapeutic space, you'll start to understand changeable patterns of behaviour or avoidable triggers to avoid once you leave treatment.


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Afternoons Including Daily Therapy

The most in-depth therapy is reserved for the afternoons. It's typical to start a series of sessions after a healthy lunch.


These usually include:

  • Helping the patients to change their habits as a way of helping them overcome their addiction.
  • One of the most effective treatments used in rehab is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • CBT aims to modify the way you respond to various triggers.
  • The expert at the centre will help you to react positively to those activities the moment you know them.
  • One on one sessions provide you a therapeutic environment where you can be open and honest about your anxieties and worries, which will allow the therapist to guide you to the tools and alternate responses to these specific sources of concern.
  • Group therapy
  • Since all the patients are former addicts, the frequent association will help all of them to develop mutual trust and friendship.
  • 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.
  • Unique and Special Sessions
  • A good number of therapy bases offer particularized treatment sittings.
  • These often try to provide you with coping methods for your specific issues through grief therapy, stress therapy or anger management in order to help you enhance your capability to avoid using alcohol or drugs and to deal with these issues in a controlled fashion.
  • Family Treatment
  • Blood relations help can be a very important feature, which is why a great deal of therapy centres include them in their plans.
  • 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.
  • Your emotions and other problems are carefully dealt with when family are involved in the program.
  • Inherent to the prolonged victory of any drug ill-use therapy plan, family involvement plays a huge role in future help for the dependent individual when they are released.

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.

A wide range of healing techniques are offered by some rehabs.

Alternative form of therapy include but are not limited to:

  • Therapy through art and music
  • Dance programs
  • Therapy known as Biofeedback
  • Therapy referred to as Neurofeedback
  • Exercise plans
  • Equine therapy

Personal Time In Rehab

Residents typically have a few hours of free time in the afternoon and can do whatever they'd like.

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

Some individuals select to use their free time journaling or reading, while others may spend it praying or meditating.


Twelve Step Gatherings In The Evenings

After dinner there may be group sessions in a centre. It is a good idea that after dinner, they can still engage in the 12-step program. These meeting are important for long term recovery and provide a therapeutic, anonymous environment to foster fellowship.

The inpatient program works to cultivate healthy practices, among which considerably early bedtime hours are encouraged. Clients will have more energy and participation in treatment the following day if they are well rested.


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Finding the right rehab for yourself is the next step after you are acquainted with the activities in a rehabilitation centre. Get in touch with someone who specializes in this kind of treatment on 0800 246 1509 and let us help you find the most appropriate treatment centre for you.