What Is an Average Day in Rehab Like?

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There’s nothing “average” about rehab, but you can expect routine. Once acclimated, you’ll often see the calm that can come with a structure specifically designed for your successful recovery. No matter where you end up receiving treatment, it’s normal to wonder what rehab is like so you can prepare yourself for what your journey to sobriety will look like. Much like any new situation, there may be some anxiousness about what to expect because of the unknown and uncertainty that can come with any new journey. What is rehab like? The truth is, the experience is a little different for everyone.

However, an average day typically begins and ends the same way. Most inpatient facilities follow a set schedule to accommodate for the number of people staying at the facility and to create a sense of stability within the program. While we can’t speak to the experience you would have at other facilities we’ve outlined what our program looks like.

So, what do you do in rehab? Mornings begin with breakfast and then, options for exercise to get the mind and body prepared for the day. Start your a.m. flow in group yoga for sun salutations or center yourself with a peaceful walk along the trail before getting started with group sessions.

When it comes to what inpatient rehab looks like, it will vary depending on your schedule, you may have individual therapy in the morning and group sessions in the afternoon. Either way, your morning routine is meant to help you ease into your day and appreciate the moment of where you are. It’s a good time to set your intention for the day. What do you hope to achieve? How will you honor yourself during your rehab journey?

Following breakfast and morning activities, there will be lunch and preparation for the afternoon. Again, this is a time for group or individual therapy, educational classes, afternoon exercise, and anything else you want to add to your day that will aid your treatment. Some days may be fuller than others. Some days you might not feel as committed or focused on your sobriety. That’s why we are here; to support you, encourage you, and make rehab as successful for you as we can.

Although there is set rehab schedule to rely on, it’s not occurring in a rushed way. Think of it like a natural flow of one movement to the next, each aligned to complement each other to give you a full recovery experience. As for any nerves or hesitation about seeking treatment, we want to help alleviate those feelings as well. That’s why we’ve created this serene and welcoming space. Make no mistake about it, rehab is an intense process, but the dedication you give to it will be well worth it.

Serenity Found on the Banks of Lake Arrowhead

We are fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful, nature-filled background. The lake, forest, and mountains surround us on all sides to create a peaceful environment where you can focus on your sobriety without distraction or disruption. Whenever you are going through a life change, your environment makes a difference. It’s no different for rehab.

Think about where you want to recharge. It’s probably not in a crowded, noisy surroundings with distraction from people, traffic, electronics, and everything else that vies for our attention on a daily basis. To truly recover, you want to “hear” the quietness, feel the calmness, and breathe deeply to reconnect yourself to what truly matters. This is the kind of place you want to be for rehab. If you’ve ever imagined escaping into the woods, surrounded by nature, and waking up to sweeping vistas and quiet mornings, that’s the environment we’ve set up at our facility.

Each facility has different amenities and methods of care they offer and implement. Our staff is committed to ensuring your security and comfort throughout your stay. From the room design to the activities and benefits we offer at our center, every part of our facility is designed to help you focus squarely on your sobriety.

We have an onsite gym, communal kitchen area, cozy rooms, and walking paths that surround the center. If you are concerned about a clinical-feeling space, that’s not the kind of experience you’ll find here. Despite the medical attention you’ll receive, a rehab facility is not a hospital; nor is it intended to look or function as one.

Whether you want to join in group activities and discussions or need quiet time for reflection and privacy, we honor the space you need as it contributes to your healing. We understand how the physical place you’re in can make a huge difference in your comfort level and ability to focus on your treatment. We believe every part of treatment matters and that includes the place you eat, sleep, and live.

The First Few Days

When it comes to what happens in rehab, there are different stages to treatment, starting first with detox. A detoxification program is necessary in order to rid your body of any drugs or alcohol. Regardless of how inpatient treatment centers differ, detox has to come first.

Many think detox simply means quitting on the spot. The reality is: your body needs time to gradually relearn how to function without drugs. The process takes several days. The first few days are the most difficult and when cravings are typically strongest. It’s easy to relapse when trying to handle detox on your own because of the pain and discomfort associated with the process. We highly recommend receiving detox care in a rehab facility.

There are several ways you can benefit from this. First, it provides the kind of medical monitoring you need to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible. There can be serious withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, tremors, anxiety, that can affect your physical and mental health.

Second, you receive the support that can be crucial, especially in the first days. Because detox can be so intense, and in some cases, painful, it can be easy to slip back into old habits and undo any of the progress you made. In order to end the cycle and avoid relapse, you have to push through the tough parts. Having support on your side can make it more bearable.

Finally, when you receive detox in a rehab facility, you can seamlessly transition to the next step of recovery. Rehab is set up in a series of stages, where one part builds upon the another. For example, you cannot start receiving treatment until you’ve gone through detox. It is an essential part of your sobriety. When your body is addicted to drugs or alcohol, it’s relearned how to function with them. When the situation changes by going through detox, the side effects can be severe because of the shock to the system. Wouldn’t it be nice to be connected with people who know what to expect at these different stages to help you navigate through this new territory?

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Benefits of Treatment and Rehabilitation

Once you’ve detoxed, the next steps are about learning how to sustain your sobriety and thrive in the future. This involves several components that make up one holistic treatment plan. Our rehab facility provides a structured environment so you can understand expectations step-by-step and become familiar with a new kind of routine.

Life free of your addiction may seem overwhelming. Developing new habits and learning routines can feel strange sober, but each part plays a crucial role. Part of rehab is to demonstrate the transition from life with addiction to sober living. It’s likely that the activities you enjoy most have involved drugs or alcohol.

What does your life look like without them? What do you enjoy doing? What keeps you most engaged The transition exercises and activities are designed to help with cravings and future temptations, so you know how to deal with them and feel strong enough to face them when you’re no longer in rehab. Investing in your life skills and planning ahead can help make your transition even smoother.

Another benefit and crucial component of rehab is uncovering where your addiction stems from. How did your relationship with drugs or alcohol begin and how did it progress into an addiction. What are the triggers that make you want to use most? As you may have guessed, rehab takes a lot of self-reflection. We’ll help you figure out the “why” of your addiction, so you can discover the “why” of your subsequent sobriety.

A Holistic Approach to Treatment

In rehab, one part of the treatment plan cannot work without the other. It’s built in a progressive way that relies on the success of the steps taken before. We customize the plan for the individual. Although the steps remain the same, the approach and time it takes may differ depending on your needs. The holistic approach ensures you are fulfilled body, mind, and spirit.

Heal the Body

Through our mind, body, and soul therapy, your treatment becomes three-fold. The body is usually what is given attention first through detox. The mind and soul is hindered until the body is drug and alcohol-free. Remember, during each phase of treatment, the journey is yours alone. Your story is not the same as the person’s next to you, which means it may take longer for you to detox. It could be shorter. Until the process begins, it’s difficult to estimate the number of days you’ll spend in any given stage.

Several factors influence the detox period, such as how long you’ve suffered from addiction, the last time you consumed drugs or alcohol. Additionally, your height, weight, and age can also make a difference. If you’ve suffered a relapse or have gone through treatment before, these, too, can affect the length of time it takes. But it’s not a sprint to the finish. It’s not about how quickly you tackle the steps. No one is keeping score. Your body is making a huge adjustment. Don’t be afraid to give it the time it needs to recover.

Free the Mind

After you’re able to rid your body of toxins and other negative influences, you can really begin to focus on recovery. Here is where you’ll explore more about your addiction with the help of a counselor. Can you pinpoint where it all began? Are you able to identify the triggers in the future to prevent relapse? Sometimes we’re not aware of our triggers until it’s too late.

But by facing the roots of your addiction and understanding what it means, it will help you maintain your sobriety. This realization and recognition can help you feel stronger, more aware of your surroundings and situations, and learn how to cope through any tough times ahead without drugs.

One of the key things about addiction is that it takes away your control. Control over your body, over your mind, and over your actions. Now you get to take your power back. Your life can once again become your own.

Feed the Soul

What exactly does it mean to feed your soul? Part of it is finding happiness in being your best, true self. It’s taking the path forward and learning from your past, but not letting it hold you back from achieving all you want in your life. It’s finding peace and feeling good in your sobriety.

These kind of revelations aren’t going to happen in the first few days of rehab, which is why people always refer to it as a process. But if you learn to appreciate the process for what it is and take each day like a chance for a new beginning, you’ll see how rehab can really help you make amends with your past of addiction.

The idea of mind, body, and soul therapy as part of your inpatient treatment gives you a way to disconnect from your current life and reconnect with the person you were before addiction or the person you’d like to become.

If you’re entering rehab for the first time, inpatient care is often recommended so your rehab can be an all-encompassing, full-time experience. Often, patients will then transition into outpatient care. Whether you choose inpatient or outpatient treatment, it’s important to us that you feel supported.

Our facility is designed as a safe haven for your rehab and recovery. And, our staff is available around-the-clock to help you through detox and assist in making your treatment as successful as possible. When someone asks you what rehab is like, we hope you look at it as a place you can receive the resources, assistance, and care you need to achieve sustainable sobriety.

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