Addiction is a serious issue that millions of men, women, and teenagers deal with every day. When you are struggling with an addiction of your own, rehab should be your very first step to getting clean and sober. If you have never been to rehab before, it’s normal to have a few or more questions before you sign up. You might even be wondering if they will make you go to work or church while you are in treatment. Keep reading to find out the answer as well as what you can expect while you’re a patient.
What’s a typical day in rehab like?
Understanding what you will be dealing with while you are in rehab will make the experience an easier one. It’s normal to be wary of what you will be participating in, but rehab programs are always set up to care for the needs of every patient. Before you look at a typical day, first you’ll have to decide what type of program you will attend. They are typically broken down into three categories- residential, inpatient, and outpatient. We can break them down a little further below:
Residential- A residential program usually lasts for two weeks or longer. It will require you to stay in the facility day and night and is the best treatment for serious addiction.
Inpatient- An inpatient program is usually held in a more intense setting, such as a hospital. It allows you to detox safely while under constant medical supervision.
Outpatient- An outpatient program is helpful for addicts who still have to work, go to school, or take care of other responsibilities. If you cannot commit to 24/7 treatment, then this type of facility will be your best option.
An outpatient program is the only type of rehab program that will let you go to work while you are attending, as it operates around your schedule. When you are in a residential or inpatient program, you will not be able to leave the facility to go to your job until you complete the program.
Now, let’s take a look at a typical day in a residential treatment center. You’ll wake up at a designated time for breakfast. You’ll also have designated times for lunch and dinner every day. When you are not sleeping or eating, you will be expected to fill your time productively. This includes therapy sessions, either one-on-one with your addiction therapist or in a group setting. In most facilities, group meetings are held every day and are considered essential. You may also partake in family therapy sessions, depending on the program you are in. While every program operates in a different manner, you can expect each one to follow a similar path.
Work and church- will I have to go?
Let’s talk about work first. Unless you are in an outpatient program, you will not have to go to work during treatment. Even then, you only have to go to work if you want to as it’s not a requirement. However, you will be asked to contribute to the center while you are a patient there. This usually means keeping your living quarters clean and neat and volunteering for general clean-up activities throughout the facility. It’s important to stay busy while you are going through the program, and volunteering is an excellent way to fill the hours of the day.
When it comes to church, the answer will depend on the facility you choose to attend. If religion is a big part of your life and you would like to incorporate it into your rehab program, there are plenty of facilities that are religion-based. If religion or church is not important to you, you’ll do better to attend a facility that isn’t centered on any particular faith. If you do, you will never be forced to attend church while you are a patient.
If you would like to have the option but don’t want to choose a religious-based facility, look for one that offers optional prayer circles. Many facilities provide these services for patients who would like to keep their recovery faith-based. Again, they are not required.
Getting the help you need
When you’re struggling with addiction, time is of the essence. Many treatment programs will help you reach sobriety and stay there. Don’t allow addiction to control or ruin your life when there is plenty of help available! We’re here to give you that help day and night, seven days a week. Give us a call at 844-639-8371 to talk to an addiction specialist today. We want you to get better, and we offer the programs that will work.