The prospect of getting sober and staying sober indefinitely is terrifying for most. Drug rehab is the foundation for changing habits, changing your life. Here, we sit down with Kristina Samar, Green Mountain Treatment Center’s Operations Supervisor, to discuss what the first week of drug rehab treatment is like.
A Typical Day at Rehab
Wake Up, Eat, Meditate
So, a typical day here for any of our residential clients is that they’re woken up early in the morning at about six-thirty and they’ll do a morning meditation. Then they’ll go about starting their day. They’ll get breakfast, they’ll get medications, take care of themselves, clean up their living space, all that. And they begin groups at nine-thirty.
Group Therapy and the 12 Steps
Pretty quickly, within their first full week here, they’ll start what we call Little Big Book. And that is a pretty intensive, week-long series of groups. At the end of that, they would take a Third Step, which is essentially, like, handing their will over, becoming willing to engage in the process.
The Fourth Step-The Hard Part
And then they move on to beginning their Fourth Step (of the 12 Steps). So the Fourth Step is a writing out of – initially, all your resentments. So you write out all the people, places, principals, anything that you resent. Anything that’s played a role in your life in keeping you sick. And then they’ll go through and sort of start owning their side of the street with that.
So they’ll look at, things such as: How have they been selfish? How have they been dishonest? How have they been self-seeking? And what are they afraid of? The Fourth Step is definitely the most intensive. It takes a long time; it’s a lot of work; and it brings up a lot of emotions for a lot of the clients here. It can be incredibly difficult. It’s a sort of processing of everything that’s ever happened in their lives and sort of owning their own part. But it’s crucial to getting past the triggers of use to a life of purpose.
Other facilities will sort of touch on the steps, they don’t actually do any work through them. They’ll tell people that there is a solution but they won’t get them started in the footwork to get that. And the more our reputation spreads as being a center that actually helps achieve that, the more people are interested in coming in the doors.
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