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What Is a Typical Day in Drug Rehab Like?

When you’re preparing for your rehab stay, you might be wondering, “what is a typical day in drug rehab like?”.

Although drug abuse treatment programs are slightly different in terms of fine details, they all must follow a standardized therapy technique. 

So, regardless of the rehab center, you’re opting for, a typical day in a drug rehab center will have a similar framework anywhere. Here’s a brief overview of a typical day in a drug rehab center.

Detox Stage

The first step in any rehab center is usually the detox. The initial withdrawal stage is closely monitored by an experienced group of nurses to help patients get through it.

The withdrawal symptoms are often uncomfortable, so the medical staff often use medications and treatment guidelines to help relieve the discomfort.

Once the problematic detox stage ends, the typical day in drug rehab facilities becomes more stabilized and follows a constant routine.

Mornings in Drug Rehab

At rehab, you’ll get used to waking up early and enjoy a nutritious breakfast. You can attend classes like yoga and meditation to help you stay relaxed throughout the day.

It might be difficult to adapt initially, but you’ll quickly get used to these healthy morning habits and even learn to keep that healthy routine after you leave rehab.

The morning period might include meetings with a therapist or the 12-step program for addiction and recovery.

In these meetings, you’ll learn how to recognize patterns of behaviors and avoid triggers when you’re released.

A Typical Afternoon

The afternoon is an activity-rich time, but it also has the most intensive treatment time. There’s a wide variety of therapy sessions held at that time.

This includes:

  • individual cognitive-behavioral therapy: a one on one therapy where the therapist helps you avoid old triggers and direct you to a healthier and balanced approach towards them. It also doubles as a psychiatric therapy session where you can discuss your anxieties in privacy.
  • Group therapy: a session where you participate with others who share similar addiction issues and share their stories to learn about healing and moving on.
  • Specialized therapy: these sessions are customized according to your personal triggers and issues that lead you to substance use, such as anger, stress, or grief.
  • Family therapy: Many rehab centers use family support to help both the patients and families address the issues that addiction created for them. It’s also a great way for the patient to get accustomed to their new lifestyle and have realistic expectations of their family’s reception.

Yes, There’s Free Time During Drug Rehab

Throughout the afternoon time, you can also enjoy a couple of hours where you get to enjoy different fun activities, either alone like swimming and reading or enjoy sports with others. This includes volleyball, basketball, soccer, pool, table tennis.

There might be more activities in some facilities, such as tennis courts and creative spaces for painting and expressing yourself.

Evening and Nights in rehab.

The evening starts with dinner, followed by a short 12-step program group session.

To maintain a healthy schedule and allow for long and healthy sleep, the facility encourages early bedtimes.


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