So what is life like at alcohol rehabilitation centers? There are of course a few various types of rehab centers, and some are overnight, while others are daytime programs. Though a good number are overnight alcohol abuse programs, which may last a month, 2, or even 9 months, depending on the individual. Some of these aspects will be ironed out during an admission interview.
Most rehab centers are a bit like a structured summer camp or resort. Not many clients see it that way, and a lot of them are struggling, and yet there may come a point during rehab that you start to see it so, as you start to have hope, and see things around you are OK. This is different for everyone, but a good number of people have experiences like that, and much of it lies with their attitude.
But however you look at it, it is still like a resort, and if you don’t see it that way, it could be because your attitude is a bit in the gutter, and that is pretty common. At rehab centers, there is a structured schedule, as alcoholics usually need a bit of structure in their lives and some discipline. It will likely be casual, as the daily schedule is set up to get you better.
There will be set meal times, and you will likely have to make your bed, unless you opt for a luxury center, and even so, that could be the case there, but that is to get you into good habits again, something you very likely gave up if you’ve had a nice run with alcohol.
Generally there will be group and one-on-one counseling each day, and other group activities like AA meetings, or groups where a substance abuse counselor educates you. You’ll also have some recreational time, and there may be some activities to participate in, like playing pool, weight lifting, or even just watching TV.
The intention of rehab centers is to see you get better, happier, more peaceful, take care of your problems, and get your freedom back. For many with alcohol problems, they really don’t have a sense of freedom as they once did. Some may never have felt free, and if they take some positive, suggested measures, they are assured a level of freedom greater than they have ever experienced.
Not all of it will be fun and games. There is work to do, which includes restoring your physical and mental health, There will very likely be emotional struggles, as many have buried emotions and haven’t done the best job with coping. These aspects are the crux of recovery and are what the staff at rehabilitation centers is there for. They understand and know what you need to do.
In the end it will be worth it. One thing is for sure though, you will need to be willing and participate. Like anything in life, you’ll need to put in the work and walk through some things you don’t want to (you’re likely just scared, but you probably can’t see that). Once you deal with some fears and anger issues that you likely don’t believe you have, you truly will experience a new freedom and a new happiness. There are going to be some amazing gifts on the path of recovery which where you are now are beyond what you can imagine, in the best of ways.