Residential rehab tends to have lots of structure, which is difficult to achieve with outpatient treatment. A successful treatment programme for addictive disease benefits from this kind of routine because so often in the lives of people who misuse drugs or alcohol there is no structure. The drug or drink dictates your life and how you live it.
Structure is important because it helps you to immerse yourself in the experience, and provides a sense of routine that keeps you on track. It can be disorientating to be without alcohol or drugs for the first time in a long time, or away from family and friends. But this is important to build new habits and form new routines which can last a lifetime. Here at Castle Craig, we have an intensive daily schedule. Read more.
- Typically patients will wake up around 7:00 am for meditation and breakfast,
- A morning lecture and discussion session followed by group therapy.
- Lunch is followed by either individual therapies, afternoon workshops, groups, fitness sessions or complementary therapies.
- In the groups, there are opportunities to join local Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups. We also encourage people to do reading and ‘homework’ assignments as part of their 12-Step therapy.
Recovery isn’t easy. But residential rehab centres do provide an environment which can make the process smoother by enabling focus away from work, life, relationships and other potential stresses. We remove any external influences or people which may not help recovery during your stay.
For many, it will be the first time they are without drugs and alcohol in a long time, and as a result, it will feel disorientating. Arriving at residential rehab can be daunting, but you get a warm welcome. The thing to bear in mind is that everyone is in the same boat, everyone has shared experiences, no one is judging you. People who are further into their recovery can help you with the beginning of yours – you get to learn from others who really know how you feel.
It’s important to be able to step away from the everyday and avoid triggering environments, build new and healthy routines, and establish positive thought patterns, to help ensure your recovery is sustained after you leave treatment. Having a focus helps make long-term abstinence more likely, and is one of the reasons residential rehab has been shown to be so effective.
Being in a residential rehab centre gives you the time and space to focus on overcoming you addiction and building a life without alcohol or drug dependency.
Page last reviewed and clinically fact-checked | October 12, 2021