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What is Drug Rehab Like?

  • What is Drug Rehab Like?

    What is Drug Rehab Like?

    Every drug rehab is different, but most follow a standard framework of therapies. Residential inpatient treatment centers are structured and organized in ways to reduce stress and discomfort associated with getting sober.


    Breakfast comes early and is usually followed up by meetings. Sometimes drug rehab centers have meditation and yoga classes in the morning to help you relax and start the day off right. These morning activities help you develop healthy habits that will translate to post-discharge life. Group therapy is usually scheduled after breakfast. In these group therapy sessions counselors focus on topics related to the treatment process, 12-step program, addiction, recovery and what brought them to abuse drugs in the first place. These group therapy sessions will help you start to recognize patterns of behavior that you can change to avoid drug abuse in the future.


    Afternoons are spent usually doing one or all of the following:

    -Individual behavior therapy sometimes called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is extremely effective in addiction recovery because it helps you understand your behavioral responses to specific triggers. Once these triggers are better understood the therapist will guide you toward new, healthier responses to those triggers.

    -Group therapy. Group therapy is important because it establishes a sense of camaraderie amongst participants. Hearing other people’s struggles and triumphs help you gain perspective on your struggles.

    -Specialized sessions for other problem areas in the individual’s life such as: anger management, stress management, grief counseling etc.

    Family therapy is crucial for long-term sobriety. Addiction affects the whole family and often culminates in destructive codependency, enabling behaviors and/or intense anger and resentment. It’s important that during these family therapy sessions feelings are addressed and the problems are resolved. This will ensure that the individual getting help has the necessary support needed from their family.

    -Guest speakers. A lot of drug rehab centers bring in guest speakers who have been through addiction treatment to share their stories. These speakers have proven to be effective in giving hope to individuals struggling with addiction by telling their success stories and offering practical tips and encouragement

    Free time in rehab

    Usually there are a few hours of free time towards the end of the day. This time is for activities like swimming, exercise, ping pong, journaling, meditating, contemplating and reflecting.


    After dinner there is usually a short meeting. Typically these meetings are 12-step program types that offer a safe and respectful environment in which long-term sobriety can be built.

    Bedtime is at a reasonable hour because it helps establish healthy habits that will translate to post-discharge life.

    Other supplemental therapy forms found in drug rehab centers are:

    • Art/Music therapy
    • Dance therapy
    • Biofeedback
    • Neurofeedback
    • Exercise programs
    • Equine therapy

    Now that you have a better understanding of what a day in rehab is like, call one of our counselors to find a place to get treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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