What Happens During a Rehab Programme?

Anyone who is suffering from drug or alcohol addiction or who is concerned about their substance use can benefit from professional help at a rehab. This includes inpatient and outpatient rehab programmes. The main aim of rehab is to help individuals recover from addiction while giving them the tools and resources required to lead a healthy and happy life.

If you’ve suffered from addiction before or are currently experiencing it, you’ll know how hard it can feel to overcome addiction alone. This is why rehab can be so beneficial as it provides the support, treatment and guidance needed to get your life back on track. Left untreated, addiction and mental health concerns can spiral and lead to serious consequences. This is why it’s so important to seek professional help fast.

Alcohol and drug rehab also provides a safe and supportive environment and the structure needed to overcome addiction. Patients also have access to several treatments and therapies that wouldn’t be available in the community or at home. While addiction can take its toll on health, relationships, careers and finances, rehab programmes are focused on reversing the damage and setting you up for a better future.

Your Daily Routine in Rehab

While residential rehab at a private facility differs from centre to centre, each rehab process will follow a slightly different structure. This is because the structure is very important for those who are on the road to recovery and can be an essential tool in helping someone carve out a new life. As humans, we need routine as it gives us something to focus on. In active addiction, it’s not uncommon for routines to dissolve so following a new structure it’s the first step towards a recovered life.

As an inpatient, you’ll have all your meals taken care of and breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided at the same time every day. Between these mealtimes, your days will be split up with meetings, group and individual therapy, and well-being activities. Each day, there will also be time for recreation – whether you want to enjoy the surroundings and go on a walk onsite or you’d prefer to read inside.

Whichever drug or alcohol rehab centre you choose, it’s likely that a huge focus will be on free time. This is because it helps to relieve any boredom and creates a healthy balance in your lifestyle. It also helps you stay on the right track by giving you the choice to do things that make you happy.

As an inpatient, you’ll be surrounded by other patients at meal times and during some therapy sessions so it’s important to have some time on your own and in your own thoughts.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Process

Before you begin any treatment, you’ll need to complete a drug detox or alcohol detox. This is the process of the body ridding itself of any drugs or alcohol and typically lasts 7-10 days. During the process, it’s normal to experience withdrawal symptoms. These can vary in severity but can be very challenging to deal with. In some cases, this can even be life-threatening.

Detoxing can be challenging for both the body and mind, which is why the right environment is so important. As an inpatient, you’ll be guided through a medically-assisted detox where symptoms will be monitored and any required medication prescribed. A team of doctors, nurses and counsellors can also keep you on the right track in those more difficult times.

Therapy Treatments in Rehab

Addiction can have an impact on you mentally, physically and psychologically which is why a range of therapy is required. This includes counselling, group therapy, and holistic approaches such as yoga.

Talking therapy and art therapy can help individuals to identify and understand the triggers associated with their addiction as well as how to develop new and healthier coping mechanisms. It can also help individuals to identify unhealthy ways of thinking and behaviours as well as how to combat these into healthier thoughts.

Therapy can also reduce someone’s chance of relapse while giving them the tools and resources required to get back on the right track if they do relapse.

Alternative therapy such as yoga and meditation is not only a great way to open someone’s eyes up to a healthy lifestyle but studies show that it can reduce stress and boost positive mental health. This is essential for someone to stay on the road to recovery.

Any treatment or therapy provided in rehab will be led by a qualified professional. This means that you can expect an expert approach to each intervention and you can also ask any questions you may have as well as voice any concerns. The team supporting you during your time at rehab has your best interests at heart and will also be able to recommend additional treatments and therapies that they feel will boost your recovery.

Medical and Mental Health Support

During your time at rehab, you’ll also have access to 24/7 medical advice and clinical supervision. The recovery journey can be hugely challenging and having around-the-clock support from a professional team can help to prevent relapse.

During the detox, and while at rehab, many people struggle with unpleasant mental and physical symptoms as the body and brain try to readjust to life without alcohol and drugs. This can aggravate previous mental health concerns. But, with doctors, nurses and counsellors close by, you’ll be given the support you need to stay resilient.

Some patients also present to rehab with addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions. This requires specific addiction treatment and specialist care from an integrated team who partners and plans health services in line with multiple needs and requirements. At an inpatient rehab facility, this can be achieved more easily compared to outpatient and community services.

Aftercare Services

Your recovery journey doesn’t come to an end the moment you leave alcohol rehab or drug rehab. For many, this is where the journey really begins and it can be very challenging. This is why it’s so important to have a comprehensive support plan for life after rehab.

At Nova Recovery, we provide all patients with 12 months of free aftercare after treatment at our private rehab has ended. This is to help you to continue to progress towards a healthier and happier life away from addiction and gives you a higher chance of long-term recovery. Get in touch today by phoning 01475 303998 or fill out our contact form to learn more about what to expect during a rehab programme.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 6, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.