If you are seeking help for an addiction, you might be curious about what a typical day looks like in a rehabilitation facility.

There are a lot of different ways to treat substance abuse, and many of these programs are meant to treat a wide range of substance use disorders. However, most of these programs follow a standard model that is made up of several different treatment modalities and therapies.

At The Robert Alexander Center for Recovery, a drug and alcohol rehab program in Kentucky, we provide evidence-based, personalized, and supportive treatment to each and every client that comes through our doors. 

We understand that there is no magic, one-size-fits-all approach to treating the disease of addiction. Our focus is on the individual. We make unique treatment plans for each client to make sure they can stay clean from drugs for the long term.

The residential inpatient treatment programs at most treatment institutions are highly regulated and ordered, and they make available a variety of activities and therapies that are extremely similar to one another. The residents will have less anxiety and uncertainty due to this, and the setting in which they will heal and recover will be at its safest and most encouraging. The daily activities may vary from place to place and depend on the facilities that are available.

This is just one example of what a typical day of inpatient addiction treatment might look like.

Rise and shine

Expect to get up early every morning in order to have enough time to have a nutritious breakfast because sleeping in is not part of the program. There are certain programs that include morning courses where you will have the option to participate in activities such as yoga, meditation, and exercise to assist you in getting your day off to a calm and collected start.

During your time in treatment and rehabilitation, one of the main things you should work on is making new, good habits. The goal is that these habits will become so natural to you that you won’t even think about them when you leave the treatment facility.

Following breakfast, there is typically a group session offered by a counselor or therapist that focuses on subjects relating to the treatment process, the 12-step program, addiction, and recovery. One of the main goals of treatment is to help you understand the situations, relationships, and environments in your life that led you to use drugs as your main way to deal with uncomfortable feelings or stressful situations.

These daily meetings will help you see patterns in your behavior that can be modified, or how to spot particular triggers that can cause relapse after treatment has been completed. These meetings will take place in the safety and comfort of a controlled therapeutic environment

Afternoon therapy


One of the most successful treatments available in addiction treatment centers is called cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT for short. CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on bringing awareness to the ways in which one’s feelings might influence one’s thoughts (or vice versa), as well as their effect on one’s actions in general. 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and other types of therapy help people get better focus on how to control their feelings in a safe and effective way. Once they have been discovered, the therapist will direct you toward new responses to those triggers that are more beneficial to your health. 

Group therapy

Because everyone in treatment has been through the ups and downs of substance misuse and addiction, participation in group therapy sessions can create a sense of camaraderie with those who are also going through the recovery process. 

During group therapy, the therapist will use this shared comprehension to create meaningful conversations about recovery and all the components that go into it (accountability, honesty, open-mindedness, willingness, etc.). Participants may find it very helpful to share their personal stories to help themselves and others heal emotionally. 

During their time in treatment, the patients in the group often get closer to each other. As their trust in each other grows, they are able to be more honest in their sessions and develop real compassion and understanding for each other’s struggles.

Free time 

There is typically some spare time available in the afternoon for you to utilize however you see fit. Depending on the facilities, this may be a swimming pool or other sports such as ping pong, basketball, or soccer. It could also be art activities, movie nights, and general free time to read, journal, and meditate.


Many treatment centers take their residents to local AA or NA meetings in the community. This gives locals an opportunity to form sober relationships after treatment has been completed. These meetings provide a safe, polite, and anonymous place to make connections, which is an important part of staying away from alcohol and other drugs.

As part of the residential treatment program, healthy behaviors like adhering to a regular sleep schedule are encouraged, and it is recommended that participants go to bed at a time that is suitable. Residents will be more awake and have more energy to participate at their highest level in daily treatment if they get the recommended amount of sleep each night.

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