What Does An Average Day In Treatment Look Like?

When you’re ready to take responsibility for your actions and check into a rehab facility, you’ll likely have several questions first. Recovery is an option for anyone, and every rehab wants you to get well while you are in their center.

The first part of rehab will concern the process of checking in. When you’re ready to make the commitment to a treatment program, you will have to speak to a representative first. They, along with some of the medical staff, will determine the severity of your addiction and come up with the right treatment plan. You’ll also take care of the financial aspects of your program before you check-in for the duration.

Then what? What does an average day in treatment look like after you are signed in? Let’s keep reading to find out what you can generally expect.


While you won’t have to get up before the sun, you will be asked to start your day earlier than you may be used to. Starting with a healthy breakfast, along with your peers, will be how you begin the day. You may or may not participate in holistic activities before breakfast, such as meditation and yoga. Some facilities offer them while others don’t. You will also be expected to make your bed, shower, and straighten up your room before the daily activities begin, depending on the facility.

After breakfast, many rehab centers offer group therapy sessions for all patients. You’ll have some time to yourself to relax or enjoy your own private activity when you aren’t in therapy. If you are taking any type of medication for withdrawal symptoms, the medical staff will supply it in the morning.


Many therapy sessions often occur in the afternoon hours. These sessions will include group, individual, and possibly family therapy, if the center offers the latter.

Group therapy is a big part of any rehab program. It’s a time to talk with other peers about your addiction problems and to listen to their own worries and concerns. Group therapy helps provide camaraderie between all patients of a rehab center, and most people find it to be an important part of the process.

Individual therapy sessions also occur during the afternoon hours. You’ll speak with your own private counselor or addiction therapist about your addiction and any mental health disorder you may have. This is the part of therapy that allows you to pinpoint the triggers that cause you to use drugs or alcohol in the first place. Your therapist will then provide you with some important coping mechanisms that will help keep those triggers at bay on the outside.

Family therapy may or may not be a part of your rehab program. In most cases, you won’t be permitted to see your family face-to-face until you are 100% withdrawn from the substance or substances you abused. If your therapist believes that it will be helpful for your recovery, they may ask your close family members to come in for sessions together.

You’ll also have some downtime during the afternoon for your own leisure activities, such as reading, journaling, sleeping, and exercise.


Group meetings are also typically held in the evenings during rehab, as many patients find the evening hours to be difficult during recovery. In some cases, you may also participate in private therapy sessions if you were not able to during the afternoon. You’ll have dinner at the same time with your peers, and you may be responsible for some of the cleaning needs of the facility.

Volunteer Activities

Depending on the facility, you’ll have the chance to participate in volunteer activities. They will be scheduled around meals and meetings so as not to interfere with the recovery process. The volunteer work given will depend on what the facility offers.


You’ll be expected to be in bed at a certain time every night. Routine is an important part of the recovery process, so there will be a “lights-out” time you’ll need to adhere to every night. You will also be expected to remain quiet during the night to allow everyone the chance to get a good nights’ sleep.

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When you need help with your recovery process, don’t go at it alone! We can help you every step of the way. Give us a call us now at 833-820-2922. to find out what we can do for you or someone you love. You may also stop in and talk to one of our helpful representatives about our facility.