What Happens in Rehab? 5 Things You’ll Experience in 90 Day Residential Addiction Treatment

A lot of folks find the idea of entering into a residential addiction treatment program to be a daunting prospect and choice of last resort. The reality is that the majority of their fears are unfounded. Based on movies, tv shows and anecdotes that get passed around like urban legends. A quality substance abuse program is very similar to a restorative retreat - peace and quiet, good food, beautiful surroundings, and an emphasis placed on your mental and emotional well-being. 

Addiction is a complex and challenging disease. Treating it requires attention and dedicated, consistent work. Seeking help through an in-patient addiction program is a significant step towards recovery, but it’s natural to have questions and uncertainties about what the process entails. In this blog we’ll explore 5 things you’ll experience during your stay in a 90-day residential addiction treatment program.


Assessment & Personalized Treatment Plans


First things first. The facility can’t treat you if they don’t know what’s going on. When you first admit into a 90 day residential program, you’ll be given a comprehensive assessment by the clinical and medical team. This assessment examines various aspects of your physical health, mental health, substance use history, and personal circumstances. Using the information gained from this assessment, your treatment team will create a personalized treatment plan that is crafted to address your specific needs and goals while keeping in mind your specific circumstances. This plan will act as a roadmap for your recovery journey, outlining the steps and interventions tailored to support your path to sobriety.


Structured Daily Routine


People hear “structured routine” and think it’s going to be boot camp. This is not the case. Following a daily routine just means there’s designated times to be at meals, arrive for therapy groups and activities, and provides a general outline to the day. It’s meant to cultivate stability, discipline, and progress. You’ll have free time throughout the day but you will be expected to arrive on time to all the activities. Adhering to this structured schedule, you'll develop healthy habits, learn valuable life skills, and cultivate a supportive community of peers and professionals committed to your well-being. You respect yourself by respecting the routine.


Therapeutic Interventions & Evidence-Based Practices


A licensed, accredited, residential treatment facility relies on a variety of therapeutic interventions and evidence-based treatment models to effectively treat addiction. Substance abuse and co-occurring disorders are multifaceted and require multiple approaches that are backed by science. Therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and family therapy are all utilized to facilitate healing and growth. These interventions empower the individual and their loved ones to explore underlying issues, challenge unhealthy thought patterns, develop coping strategies, and cultivate resilience in the face of cravings and triggers.


Peer Support & Community Connection


I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, addiction survives in isolation and recovery thrives in community. Creating a treatment environment of mutual support, understanding, and connection goes a long way in the healing process. 90-day residential treatment programs provide a unique opportunity to engage with peers who share similar experiences and struggles. Through group therapy sessions, support group meetings, and recreational activities, you'll forge meaningful connections, gain perspective, and draw strength from the collective wisdom and empathy of your peers. This sense of community fosters a supportive environment conducive to healing and growth while providing accountability. 


Aftercare Planning & Continued Support


Any program worth their salt is going to have a solid aftercare program. As your 90 days begins to come to its conclusion, your treatment team will begin to prepare you for life after treatment. A comprehensive aftercare plan is developed in collaboration between you and the clinical team to ensure a smooth transition and ongoing support. Outpatient therapy, participation in support groups, medication management, vocational training, housing assistance, and strategies for relapse prevention are all included. By equipping you with resources, skills, and support networks, aftercare planning sets the foundation for sustained sobriety and long-term success in recovery.


Learn More About Sunflower Recovery’s Residential Program


Understanding the components of residential addiction treatment empowers you to make informed decisions and actively engage in your recovery journey. If you or a loved one are interested in treatment, call Sunflower Recovery today. Our treatment team would love to answer any questions you may have about treatment, aftercare, or anything else! Call us today.

What to Expect From a 90 Day Residential Program