A Day in the Life While in Treatment

Something you may be wondering when entering recovery center, in regards to entering into an inpatient program, you may be wondering what you everyday life will look like. In entering these programs like this, you are probably facing a lot of trepidation with facing a total overhaul of your daily life, and there are a lot of uncertainties about what could happen. As in everything, we want to help make this transition as easy as possible, so we are here to describe what a basic day in an inpatient facility would look like. 

While each and every program is different and structured in unique ways, most do follow a very basic outline in terms of daily activities. What you will find is that each one has a very structured and scheduled program, with your days built to help you along your road to recovery. The goal is to reduce stress and anxiety as much as possible for the patients, and the environment is geared towards helping give every patient the safest and most supportive space for patients to heal and recover

In a lot of programs, sleeping in isn’t part of the schedule. Your day will start relatively early with activities geared towards helping you relax and gain energy for the day. As in all facets of the process, this is to help the patient develop healthier habits after leaving the program or facility. Your program may schedule you a yoga class or meditation in the morning; a laid back and easy activity for you to enjoy while helping your body wake up and get ready for the day. There is usually a session schedule after breakfast, aimed to discuss the treatment process and experience while attending the facility. It’s all done with the goal of recovery in mind, but the more intense parts of your day won’t be until later. For now, the mornings are spent to ease you into your day and help get your body and mind ready for the work ahead of you.

It’s not until after lunch that your most intense part of the day will start. It is at this point in your day that you will be involved in a series of therapeutic sessions. This can include Individual Behavioral Therapy (IBT), Group Therapy, Specialized Sessions, or Family Therapy. Individual Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective methods of therapy as it is designed to hone in on your own personal triggers and behaviors. Once the therapist is able to understand where your struggles may stem from, they can then guide you to developing healthier responses to your triggers. All done in a one-on-one environment. Group Therapy is self-explanatory; a therapy session amongst people struggling with similar addictions and issues as you. It helps build a sense of community and minimize any feelings of isolation or loneliness. Specialized Sessions, in the same vein as IBT, are sessions that are designed with specific goals in mind, including anger management, stress management, or grief counseling. Finally, Family Therapy can be a very important part of the recovery process as addiction and mental illness affects the entire family. In these sessions, you will be able to speak and listen to your family; you are able to bring your emotions and thoughts to the forefront and your loved ones are able to do the same. To stop resentment and anger from forming within the family dynamic, family therapy is a big component to recovering, which is why many facilities offer the service. Some facilities may also have speakers or hosts to come in and tell their story, showing the residents a person who made it to the other side and came out just fine. It can help breed inspiration and hope. Additionally, there can be alternative supplemental therapies offered such as music therapy, dance therapy, and exercise programs. These are designed to be extra, hence supplemental; not integral to the program but aimed to help the process along. 

We know that it’s a lot to take in when beginning your treatment, or when your loved one is about to start. These programs are a lot of work and there isn’t really a lot of room or time for extra activities that aren’t focused on helping the resident. But this is done for a reason. You have to come into these programs ready to work and put the effort in. It can’t be a side project for you to work on every now and then. You have to put in the time and effort in order to see the results you need. It’s a lot, we know, but it’s worth it. We all have our reasons and our motivation in why we are doing it. Family, friends, beliefs, and, most importantly, ourselves. If nothing else, you deserve to be better. 

If you or anyone you know is struggling with addiction or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at TrueRecovery.com. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 and [email protected]