Addicts and concerned family members or friends often call The Cabin Chiang Mai, a drug and alcohol rehab located in Thailand, with many questions. A common question that we receive is regarding the daily life at a drug and alcohol rehab. We felt that this was important issue for anyone interested in a drug and alcohol rehab to learn and understand what addiction rehab is all about.
Importance of Rehab
Before understanding what daily life is like at a drug and alcohol rehab, one must understand the importance of choosing a rehab that is most suited to the individual addict. One must factor in the type of addiction, the length of the addiction, and the cost. Some addiction rehabs only treat certain addictions or people who have had their addiction for a short period of time. Each and every addiction rehab cost is different, some take insurance and others do not. Once a person has found an addiction rehab they are interested in they should contact the rehab directly. The person in charge of admissions will go over a number of questions regarding the addict and their history of use.
The Beginning Days
Once an addict has chosen a drug and alcohol rehab that is best suited to their needs they will leave their home and make their way to the rehab. (Keep in mind that many rehabs stay full, and many times an addict must schedule a date to enter the centre.) The first day at a drug and alcohol rehab, the addict will take a tour of the centre, meet the staff, and speak with a counsellor or therapist. The environment will be completely different, but staff will make it as comfortable as possible.
The following days at a drug and alcohol rehab will be very similar; except for each and every day will be a little bit easier.
Being Involved and Active
Any addict should expect to be very involved with group therapy, one on one therapy, meetings with counsellors, fitness, etc. There will of course be breaks in between were an individual can take some free time to relax. Most rehabs stick to a strict schedule in order to keep individuals active, occupied, and constantly learning.
What to Expect During a Daily Routine
Group therapy is a great way to talk and to listen about problems, experiences, and addiction from other people. The addict is surrounded by people going through the same things and during this time can be used to learn from others. This will also give the person the much needed peer support that is known to help during this stage of recovery, and at the same time they are able to give and take advice.
One on One Therapy
The addict will have individual sessions with their counsellor in a private setting. During these sessions, the counsellor and the addict will explore reasons why they use drugs or alcohol. They will determine various triggers and then develop new strategies and decision making skills that will help the patient to overcome their addiction and maintain sobriety.
Fitness is extremely important when trying to overcome and addiction. A good rehab will have individuals engage in some kind of Physical Therapy every day. This may be yoga, swimming, biking, nature walks, etc. Fitness therapy has been proven to enhance an individual’s mood and energy levels, it helps a person to sleep better, it keeps the mind occupied, and it improves the overall physical and mental health.
Other Therapies and Activities
These are just the main things that an addict will do during their daily life at a drug and alcohol rehab. There will be relapse prevention and aftercare planning; these two things are crucial to discuss, plan, and maintain. There will be time to eat healthy meals and engage in additional activities such as enjoyable weekend outings.
The Best Decision
Rehab is not always easy, but overall individuals leave saying that it was the best decision they have made. A drug and alcohol rehab will teach the tools that are necessary to live a life free from drugs or alcohol. It is up to the individual to implement these tools into their daily lives outside of rehab.
If you need to speak to someone about your own addiction or about an addiction someone you care about has, then please contact The Cabin Chiang Mai today.