Residential Drug Rehab

What to Expect in Drug Rehab

Residential drug rehab centers keep you busy. The objective is to keep you so busy you will not think about mind altering drugs.

In general, there is a set time for all residents to wake up and to take care of personal hygiene needs before eating breakfast. Residents are not allowed to sleep in, except under extraordinary circumstances. Some programs require residents to meet as a group before breakfast for light exercise, stretching, or other pre-breakfast activities. Often, after breakfast, a morning or other group activities will take place. In some programs this may include assigned chores or responsibilities such as cleaning, while in other programs there are therapeutic, educational, or informational meetings. Typically, between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner there are scheduled activities, primarily in a group format and for various purposes.  These can include informational presentations, group therapy, or group activities, or individual assignments such as journalism and other kinds of writing or reading assignments. While residents may have some free time in the morning or afternoon hours, ordinarily free time occurs after dinner.

Most of the structured activities take place during daytime hours from Monday to Fridays, when most of the professional staff are on site. At some point, residents will meet with their assigned counselors or therapists. In some treatment centers, counselors and professional staff are scheduled to have evening hours. Gearing the sessions, and with input from the client, and with input from the client, a treatment plan will typically be developed where individual goals and objectives are identified. Periodic assessment of the person’s progress also occurs during the session. Most programs also provide an opportunity for physical examination by a health care professional, which can take place on or off site; often, programs make arrangement with community health/care providers for this service.

Some facilities may offer similar structured activities on week days and holidays, but often the programs operate on a modified schedule on those days. Some programs have only very few structured activities in place for clients during the time. Although this downtime offers relief from the rigors of a tight schedule for some, weekends and holidays can be particularly challenging for others and trigger loneliness. Some resourceful and creative programs turn weekends into an opportunity for activities that can be very enjoyable, alternative treatment strategies. A number of traditional programs are also beginning to experiment with medications in addition to a range of vitamins and minerals and nutritional therapies. However, it is not possible to cover everything that goes on in a traditional rehab treatment center.  It is safe to say that this is a typical overview of the bulk of the drug abuse treatment world in America.