What To Expect At An Inpatient Treatment Facility

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The world of addiction treatment can seem confusing. There are so many kinds of rehab within which you have numerous options. But this can be a good thing because once you sort through what’s out there, you can find the best rehab option for you and your specific needs and goals. If you think residential rehab is right for you, you are probably wondering what to expect in an inpatient treatment program.

San Diego Sober Living can help. We are happy to guide you through the differences between outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient treatment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can answer questions about how inpatient rehab works, how long it takes, what it costs, and how to get started. If you are interested in an inpatient treatment program in San Diego, reach out today. We can help because we have been there.


An inpatient drug and alcohol program provides residential treatment that can last up to 90 days, though the average length of stay is 30 due to insurance purposes and whatnot. How long you stay in rehab depends on your history as well. For example:

  • The severity of your addiction
  • Any previous relapses
  • Whether you have a co-occurring mental health condition
  • If you have a polysubstance use disorder – in other words, are addicted to more than one thing

While in residential treatment, you will receive evidence-based care along with other programming oriented towards wellness, balance, and recovery. Whatever your expectations for inpatient treatment, the reality is that your choice to enter rehab and begin your recovery journey is a meaningful milestone and should be celebrated.


After your intake, detox, and move-in to the treatment center, what might you expect your daily routine to look like while enrolled in an inpatient rehab facility?

Below is a sample schedule—the kind of daily list that might guide your time while in inpatient treatment. This is just an example and the schedule will vary based on the type of program you choose.

  • 6:30 a.m. Wake up – Most inpatient programs require everyone to be up by a certain time.
  • 7:00 a.m. Breakfast – All meals will be nutritious, healthy, and shared in the community.
  • 7:45 a.m. Meditation – Mindfulness practices greatly amplify the positive effects of addiction treatment.
  • 8:30 a.m. Physical fitness/exercise – A healthy body is vital to recovery, and the endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals produced during exercise help with mood stabilization and more.
  • 10:00 a.m. Group therapy – Group sessions are guided by a professional therapist and offer both peer support and accountability as well as a chance to delve into issues, fears, and expectations shared by many, as well as share painful memories and experiences with a non-judgmental group.
  • 11:00 a.m. Relapse prevention group – Skills-based learning about how to avoid relapse as you move forward post-rehab is offered in most rehab facilities.
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Nutrition and wellness – You will often have nutritional counseling and other wellness coaching available in an inpatient facility to maximize your overall health during your life of recovery.
  • 2:00 p.m. Individual therapy – These sessions are, in many ways, at the center of your treatment. Your therapist may provide you with a particular modality of therapy, such as EMDR or cognitive-behavioral therapy, or may wait to determine which is best for you and begin with a period of exploration while getting to know you and your unique journey.
  • 3:00 p.m. Alternative therapies or family therapy – Depending on the day, you may have family therapy or some other form of alternative therapy, such as equine therapy or experiential therapy. Family therapy is important for many in rehab. Close family participates in the counseling sessions or certain activities in order to mend dysfunction, improve communication, and regain trust.
  • 4:00 p.m. Peer support meeting – Some days, you may have more than one group support session. Peer support during and after rehab is powerful and improves outcomes.
  • 5:00 p.m. Dinner
  • 6:30 p.m. Free time – You can spend this alone or with peers and friends within the program.
  • 7:30 p.m. Sober Activities/Recreation – Social activities allow for interaction in a non-clinical setting and introduce the idea that fun can be had without substances.
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights out – Sleep is critically important to your health and will help you in your recovery.


In your inpatient program, you should expect high-quality, all-inclusive care provided by trained and experienced professionals who keep your recovery front and center every day. Whether you are in a counseling session, chatting in the halls, or in a group, you and our staff are partners on this journey, even beyond discharge. Make sure that your inpatient care facility provides an aftercare program as well. So much happens AFTER your inpatient program that aftercare is essential to reentry back into the world and maintaining sobriety.

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