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What is a Typical Day in Rehab really like?

Therapy will teach you the coping techniques and methods you need to survive and fight depression. It will make you a stronger person who will not need to turn to substances to escape their problems.

What Happens in Rehab – Insights Into Your Stay

What happens in rehab? A typical day in a treatment centre.

Facing your addiction is worrisome enough, without the added apprehension of what to expect in rehab.

We understand how daunting it can be, so we have set out what a typical day in drug rehab might look like.

Treatment centres are here to help you regain control of your life and to start your sober journey.

If you, your friend or a family member needs help, feel free to call our support team.

We are on-call 24-hours a day to offer compassionate and confidential advice.

Call us on 0808 1150 446.

What should I expect?

The daily schedule of each residential rehab centre varies, and your individual needs will also be taken into consideration when tailoring a programme for your recovery.

However, what unites all addiction rehab programs is their structure and organisation.

Rehab programs will prioritise similar activities and therapies to minimise stress and offer a safe and supportive environment to recover and recuperate.

The first stage is detoxification. This is the process of removing any trace of alcohol or drugs from the patient’s system. The purpose of detox is to allow you to become more mentally and physically in control, and in a stable enough state to begin further treatment.

A typical day in treatment:


  • To instil a healthy routine, you will wake and rise early and eat a well-balanced breakfast.
  • Lie ins are not encouraged and some programs offer morning exercise classes, yoga or meditation so that you can begin the day in a relaxed mindset.
  • Morning counselling session: Following breakfast, there is often a group therapy session which takes place in a controlled and therapeutic environment. This will help you to recognise behavioural patterns you can change and triggers you can avoid to help you further your recovery process.


Lunch is healthy and balanced. The middle of the day includes the most intensive treatment sessions. These treatments often include:

Individual behavioural therapy/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Analyses your behavioural responses to specific triggers
  • One-on-one therapy sessions that provide a safe environment
  • The therapist will give an alternative and healthier behavioural responses to triggers

Group Therapy

  • Group sessions encourage openness and camaraderie
  • A chance to share personal stories to allow for emotional healing
  • Develop trust and friendship with other participants
  • A compassionate and understanding environment

Specialised therapy sessions

  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Grief counselling
  • Offering coping techniques to improve handle cravings and control triggers

Family Therapy

  • Resolving issues and addressing feelings within the family unit
  • Vital to the long-term success of treatment
  • Offering support techniques to the family so they can help with long-term recovery

Most rehab centres also offer supplemental therapies, which may include:

  • Art or Music Therapy
  • Holistic Therapy
  • Dance Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Neurofeedback
  • Exercise programs
  • Equine Therapy

Read more about the benefits of supplemental therapies.

Spare time is important to rest and reflect on what you have learnt in various sessions.

Free time:

During the afternoon, there is usually a few hours of free time. The resident can do what they choose and rehab centres usually offer other recreational facilities which can be used during this time.

Activities could include exercise, team sports such as basketball, tennis and football.

Other residents may choose to use their free time to read or write, pray or meditate.

Treatment centres will usually provide reading materials, but if you want to bring your own books, then they usually have to be self-help, or recovery orientated.

Whether or not you will be allowed to bring your phone, tablet, laptop or other electrical devices will depend on the hospital you attend. Many centres now allow their patients to bring mobile phones with them. Learn more.


After dinner is served, a typical evening in rehab is likely to include:

  • 12-step program meetings: a highly recommended session which provides a safe environment to share experience and can provide a vital foundation for long-term sobriety.
  • Early night – Enough sleep is an important part of cultivating new and healthy habits and ensuring residents have enough energy to participate in daily activities.

If you, your friend, family member or coworker is struggling, we can help. Contact our team at any time for support: 0808 1150 446.



Last Updated on September 18, 2023 by Ellyn Iacovou