A Day In A Recovery Center

What To Expect In An Inpatient Recovery Center

—Samantha Gomez


If you are taking this step toward recovery, there are many thoughts going through your head. What will I do all day? Where will I sleep? What kind of therapy sessions will I have? Here is an overview of what to expect during addiction recovery in an inpatient program.

Sleeping Arrangements

For the duration of your stay, typically 30 days, you will be in a comfortable room. If your insurance allows, you may be covered for a private room; otherwise, you will be in a dorm room with or without roommates. Your roommates will be in recovery group sessions with you and in most cases this will allow for a strong bond during your stay and well afterward.


Your days will start early with breakfast and then straight to a meeting led by your therapist. The recovery program will consist of talking about the treatment process, usually in small groups.


Individualized Behavioral Therapy consists of understanding triggers for your addiction. This therapy is one-on-one and helps discover new ways to deal with the things that influence your addictive patterns.


Group Therapy allows you to engage in discussion with your fellow addicts, hear stories, and understand each other’s feelings about addiction. This discussion is usually an open-floor where everyone is encouraged to participate for a successful recovery plan.


Specialized Sessions will help treat certain needs such as anger and stress management. Support is offered to steer you away from your normal destructive route and find solutions to improve how you handle those issues for a stronger recovery path.


Family Therapy is the most important aspect of recovery and this portion will help your familial life grow stronger in supporting your addiction recovery. The ultimate goal is to repair or maintain ties with key family members who may have been hurt throughout your downfall. The most important portion of recovery is having your family members be a part of your treatment process.


Other recovery therapy options are the use of art, music, dance, exercise, and culinary training.


Something to think about while in recovery programs is what you will do while you’re not in meetings or therapy. Others find it helpful to journal, read, swim, play sports or meditate. Although there may not be much free time, usually a few hours a day, it is important to prepare for those minor moments.


More time is dedicated toward group sessions involving a 12-step program. It is a therapeutic way to end the night and prepare for a good sleep. Lights out is encouraged at a reasonable time as a way to provide yourself enough time to rest and prepare for the following day.


Samantha Gomez

Samantha is in Graduate School and has a background in Creative Writing and has been working on blog work and writing articles as a freelancer. Her publications include content written for The Odyssey Online, and as a freelance writer/ghostwriter, & soon, novelist!