One of the most common questions that potential clients ask us at The Right Step is \u2018What is day-to-day life like in residential treatment?\u2019 The typical day at each facility will look different depending on several factors such as the type of treatment facility, the type of programs offered, and the recommended length of stay. Though circumstances vary, we\u2019ll give you a breakdown so that you or your loved one can go into treatment with a clear understanding of what life is like in residential treatment at The Right Step DFW.\u00a0 A word about what treatment is\u2026 and isn\u2019t. Before we dive into the nuts and bolts of programs and inpatient treatment schedules, let\u2019s take a breath to remind ourselves that going to treatment is you or your loved one deciding to care for themselves. Treatment is meant to give you or your loved one the time and space to heal physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually with medical and psychological experts\u2019 support. Designed to remove circumstantial stressors that may feed into a patient\u2019s addiction, treatment is educational and empowering, but it is also hard work. The good news is that the hard work is being done in an intensive program with an exceptionally supportive environment that focuses on healing the whole person. Residential treatment gives patients the tools they need to help them cope with the pain in healthier ways and teaches them how to implement those tools in a life of recovery. The Daily Focus At The Right Step DFW, each day of the week focuses on a theme to meditate on throughout the day. Think of it as setting an intention for the day. When you set an intention, it\u2019s like choosing a lens through which you see the day by giving you several opportunities to practice virtues such as resilience, compassion, wellness, and hope.\u00a0 Being consciously aware of an intention influences the subconscious. According to Inc.com, \u201cSetting your intentions opens your eyes to things you may have otherwise missed.\u201d Meaning you can\u2019t help but notice how the unfolding moments of the day play into what you\u2019ve set your mind to.\u00a0 The daily focus also allows for a compassionate way for you or your loved one to grow and learn without having to do it perfectly. Residential treatment facilities offer a safe setting that gives patients the wiggle room they need to work things out, setting them up for successful healing. The Typical Day Because clients have different circumstances and needs, customized treatment is the way of The Right Step DFW. Though that is the case, a general schedule helps guide each patient\u2019s day. An example of Monday through Friday looks like this:\u00a0 \tHealthy breakfast followed by daily reflections \tAddiction and recovery education sessions \tBreak \tJournal group \tLunch \tSkills group \tRecreational free time \tPeer\/group sessions or individual treatment \tDinner \t12-step based meeting \tEvening reflections \tDowntime The weekends are similarly structured, but with a little more relaxation time scheduled and family visitations.\u00a0 Why is there so much group therapy? Looking at that schedule, you\u2019ll see several group therapy sessions listed, and with good reason! Group therapy is proven to be beneficial to healing and empowering individuals. It is integral to those in an inpatient program.\u00a0 As noted in a PsychCentral.com interview with psychologist, Dr. Judye Hess and psychotherapist, Ali Miller, MFT, there are at several benefits of group therapy:\u00a0 \t \tIt helps you understand that you\u2019re not alone. While everyone has different issues and circumstances that they deal with, everyone struggles with loneliness regarding their feelings. In group therapy, you discover that other people have felt the same way you have in their own experiences. \tIt promotes giving and receiving support. While facilitated by trained therapists, group members are encouraged to look to each other for support, feedback and connection. This gives the opportunity for members to free themselves from isolation and loneliness.\u00a0 \tIt gives you a safety net to practice using and strengthening your voice. When people have a safe space to practice using their authentic voice and speak up for themselves, they can build confidence and take the group support with them outside into the \u201creal world.\u201d\u00a0 \tIt allows you to relate to others and yourself in a healthy way. Group therapy is an excellent way to see how people relate to each other in the moment. With instant feedback on how you are relating to yourself and others, Miller says, \u201cYou start to see you have way more choices available to you for how you relate to others. It helps people get out of relational ruts, liberates people to get unstuck from patterns of relating that are not serving them.\u201d Essentially, group therapy helps you discover more about yourself and enables you to grow in ways that individual therapy cannot because of the connection it provides. The Right Step DFW would be missing out on a huge opportunity to help you or your loved one if they only led one-on-one sessions.\u00a0 However, individual therapy is also important. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about one in five people live with a mental illness, each of varying degrees. MentalHealth.gov states that one in four of those living with mental illness also has a substance use issue. Devoting time to individual therapy is necessary to address these issues as they pertain to each patient\u2019s unique circumstances. The Right Step DFW implements a variety of evidence-based therapy modalities in both group therapy and individual therapy settings. Some of these methods include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) \u2013\u2013 A form of talk therapy as noted by The Mayo Clinic,CBT helps illuminate the distorted thinking patterns a patient may have. This awareness helps them to recognize these patterns and allows them to healthfully and productively respond to difficult situations life may bring their way. \tDialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) \u2013\u2013 Falls under the umbrella of CBT, and focuses on how someone interacts with other people and environments or the psychosocial elements of treatment. PsychCentral.com indicates that critical aspects of DBT are that it is support-oriented, cognitive-based, and collaborative in addressing four modules: Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotion Regulation. \u00a0 \tIllness Management and Recovery (IMR) \u2013\u2013 The American Psychological Association (APA) describes Illness Management and Recovery as the comprehensive set of strategies that empower individuals to manage their mental health and addiction issues. This includes educating individuals on mental illness, the foundations of treatment, and their actions to manage persistent symptoms and other issues. Essentially everything here has a purpose. Residential treatment offers a unique level of care by giving clients who have substance abuse issues an environment away from damaging influences. It\u2019s in this space that you or your loved one can heal from addiction and co-occurring disorders. \u00a0According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), by providing care 24 hours a day, long-term treatment often provides a therapeutic community which \u201c on \u2018resocialization\u2019 of the individual and use the program\u2019s entire community\u2014including other residents, staff, and the social context\u2014as active components of treatment.\u201d From breakfast to group therapy to evening reflections and everything in between, the entire experience is meant to be therapeutic and healing. This daily resocialization even helps patients develop a relapse management plan. After all, drug and alcohol treatment is about looking toward hope and the future.\u00a0 Though each patient\u2019s combination of therapies varies, the typical days and time away from the usual stressors and environment alongside those therapies effectively reset the trajectory of one\u2019s life. Inpatient treatment is nothing to be fearful of. Instead, it\u2019s one of the safest spaces to heal and begin a life of recovery.\u00a0 If you are curious about what a typical day in residential treatment would be like for you or someone you love, The Right Step DFW can help. Call us at (844)768-1161.