A Typical Day
At The Right Step drug rehab, days are filled with activities and therapies that keep you engaged in the recovery process. In a comfortable, supportive setting, you’ll address the underlying issues that fuel addiction and develop healthy coping skills to apply in everyday life.
The typical day varies by program and location, but below are some sample schedules to give you an idea of what to expect in treatment.
- Sample Adolescent Residential Schedule
- Sample Women’s Residential Schedule
- Sample Men’s Residential Schedule
A Typical Day in our Teen Residential Program
We serve a healthy breakfast between 8 and 8:30am. From 8:30 to 11:30am you’ll attend our accredited, onsite school, so that you can stay on top of your studies while in treatment. A credentialed teacher from a nearby high school teaches a core curriculum of math, science, language and arts. You may also complete courses from your regular school. At 11:30am you’ll attend a Positive Recovery® group. Positive Recovery is an evidence-based, empowering approach to recovery that helps you discover meaning and purpose in your new sober life.
Lunch is served from 12:30 to 1pm. Following lunch, you’ll attend a process group to discuss the challenges you’re facing. Your peers will offer feedback and support, and you’re encouraged to do the same. These groups promote effective communication, self-acceptance and support, and offer problem-solving strategies.
At 2pm we have a community meeting where staff and clients join together to discuss anything that may be affecting the community. Your elected peer leader will address community concerns, requests or issues that need resolution. Community group is an empowering experience that gives you a role in developing a recovery community in which you can thrive and feel supported. From 3 to 4pm we typically have time for fitness at a gym or doing outdoor activities. Before dinner, from 4 to 5pm, you’ll have time to complete chores and treatment assignments.
Dinner is served from 6 to 6:30pm. After dinner, you’ll attend a 12-step meeting, followed by a life skills training group from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. This group is led by our specially trained resident assistants and has a rotating curriculum focusing on areas such as healthy coping skills, practical skills like conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills. We have a daily wrap-up after life skills group where we talk about the day and any issues that came up. You’ll end the day with 15 minutes of meditation. Bedtime is between 10:30 and 11:00pm.
In addition to usual treatment activities, on weekends you’ll get the chance to participate in fun off-site outings with staff supervision. Examples of outings include laser tag, museums and roller skating. These opportunities help you learn to have fun in a safe and healthy environment without drugs or alcohol.
A Typical Day in Our Women’s Relativity Program
The day begins between 7 and 7:30am. We serve a healthy breakfast and have time to work on chores from 7:30 to 9am. The next hour includes community group, a time to discuss issues in the group and set goals for the day. This is followed by mindfulness practices such as meditation. From 10am to 12pm you’ll participate in process groups or experiential activities like art therapy.
From 12:30 to 1pm we typically have fitness/gym time or aftercare groups. Lunch is served from 1 to 2pm. Following lunch, we offer educational groups on a variety of addiction and mental health subjects. Additional group time covering topics such as spirituality, relapse prevention and medical concerns runs from 3:30 to 4:30pm. On Fridays this time is often used for trips to the store. From 4:30 to 5:30pm you may have personal time or complete homework assignments from therapy or groups.
Dinner is served from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Following dinner, you’ll attend a support group like Alcoholics Anonymous or Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous onsite or off-campus, or a client-led step meeting. Community group is from 8 to 9pm, when we’ll discuss the day’s events and issues that arose and have a daily wrap-up. Between 9 and 10:30pm you can do homework assignments or enjoy personal time.
We maintain a similar schedule on the weekends with the addition of staff-supervised outings on Saturdays. Examples of outings include visiting museums, bowling and other activities that provide safe, sober fun in a group setting. Weekends also include optional church attendance and visits by loved ones as clinically appropriate.
A Typical Day in Our Men’s Residential Program
Your day will start between 6:30 and 7am. We serve a healthy breakfast between 7 and 8:30am and provide time for you to take care of chores and clean up. From 8:30 to 9:30am we offer community group where you and your fellow clients set the tone for the day. This is followed by morning meditation. Usually you will work on assignments/exercises from your therapist between 9:30 and 10am. Between 10am and 12pm you’ll have traditional or experiential process groups. These groups vary from week to week and are based on the needs of the community. They generally focus on problem-solving skills.
Lunch is served from 12 to 1pm. After lunch you’ll participate in our Positive Recovery ® curriculum, an evidence-based, empowering approach to recovery that teaches skills for long-term sobriety and a fulfilling life. From 2:30 to 3pm you’ll have more time to complete treatment assignments from your therapist or groups. From 3 to 4pm we usually offer medical educational groups, relapse prevention groups or 12-step study depending on the day. Fitness time or a doctor- or nurse-led medical group providing education on the medical aspects of recovery follows.
Dinner is served from 5 to 5:30pm and is followed by free time from 5:30 to 6:30pm. After that, we may gather for a movie, store run, alumni speaker or attend a 12-step meeting in the community or onsite. Community group is from 8:30 to 9:30pm, when we come together to process the day’s events. After that meds are distributed, and you can do homework assignments or enjoy personal time until 10:30pm.
Our weekend schedule is similar to the weekdays, with a few changes. You’ll have an opportunity to attend a church service if you desire. You’ll also participate in some creative therapies like art and music therapy and have opportunities to visit with your family as clinically appropriate. We often have fun outings like trips to the movies, museums, bowling or other activities that help you learn to have fun in a safe, sober setting.