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A Typical Day In Drug Rehab

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. A usual day in a treatment can be planned and we can help you.


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 provides a supportive, safe place to heal and recover and minimizes worry and anxiety among residents. There may be some differences in what you do everyday according to the equipment and some other factors.


Although there are a few types of substance abuse treatment methods out there, most follow a typical framework of therapies.


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


Mornings Consist Of Early Meetings And Healthy Breakfast

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.

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


After breakfast, you have a group session with a counsellor or therapist in regards to your treatment, the 12-step program, dependence on substances and recovery. A crucial focus at the time of therapy is through attaining clarity concerning the events, individuals and environments in your life that have led to the urge to misuse substances or alcohol.

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 Of Daily Therapy Sessions

The most intense therapy is during the middle of the day. After a balanced lunch, it is natural to start sequence of therapeutic sittings.


These normally are:

  • One on one behavioural therapy.
  • One of the best techniques used at the facilities is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • CBT focuses on your responses behaviourally to specific triggers.
  • One these triggers are identified together with a counsellor you will work on new, positive responses to those triggers.
  • 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.
  • Sessions For Group Therapy
  • Group sessions provide a unique kind of fellowship since all the group members have been through the struggles of addiction.
  • It can help with emotional healing to hear other participants share their unique stories with each other.
  • 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
  • A good number of therapy bases offer particularized treatment sittings.
  • The rehab centres will find a way to help you deal with your feelings than falling into relapse by training you on how to deal with your anger, the death of a loved one, and stress.
  • Family Therapy
  • A lot of rehab facilities encourage family support in their programs since it can be a very important part of treatment.
  • 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.
  • Family participation and support are key to the long term success of a rehabilitation program; it factors heavily in long term success after discharge.

Optimism may be raised for the participants if former addicts are invited to encourage them through their personal experience. Speakers provide motivational speeches that can inspire patients, but often they give practical advice, like how to prosper in a job after rehab.

Some other drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres have other supplemental therapies which are available to the patients.

Supplemental therapies might include:

  • Music or art therapy
  • Movement therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Exercise plans
  • Equine treatment

Personal Time In Rehab

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

Some activities to choose from might be soccer, volleyball, basketball, pool, or ping pong; some centres may even have a swimming pool.

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


Evenings In Meetings About The 12 Step Plan

There is sometimes, after dinner, another group session that isn't long. It is strongly advised to go to a 12-step program that is commonly held in the evenings. A secure, anonymous and respectful surroundings are provided at these sessions that can help in developing companionship - which is, for a long term success, a crucial part.

The inpatient program works to cultivate healthy practices, among which considerably early bedtime hours are encouraged. They will have enough stamina to participate in the morning programs if they sleep well the night before.


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Since you already understand what to get for a normal in substance therapy, it's high time you discover the best centre to commence your rehab. You can get a rehab that will meet your needs if you contact an expert in the field on 0800 246 1509.