What to Expect at Inpatient Rehab

If you’re a new client at an inpatient rehab facility, you may be curious about how your days will look, whether you’re involved in a short-term or long-term treatment program. While each day can bring about new possibilities, you’ll follow a standard daily routine filled with activities, therapy and meetings. If you think rehab is a mundane, stressful experience, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know it’s often the opposite, especially at a place like GreeneStone.

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You’ll wake up in a queen-size bed in your own private room with an en-suite bath. Once you’re ready for the day, you’ll make your way down to the dining room to eat breakfast. Most programs start bright and early, meaning you’ll rise at a set time so you can join fellow clients and staff to enjoy a healthy meal. During breakfast, you can feast on various breakfast foods and sip on tea and coffee, ensuring you have the energy you need to start your day.

Afterward, you may have the chance to participate in a morning activity, such as yoga or meditation. You and your fellow clients will also engage in a meeting in the morning. This meeting could be a casual group check-in, where clients engage in open conversation about a set topic or question, as we do at GreeneStone. It could also involve a counselor-led discussion, where you and other clients can voice concerns and issues in a small group setting.

Then, clients often attend a class offered by one of the facility’s experts. These sessions can vary in subject matter — one morning, you might learn about healthy coping mechanisms, and another morning could cover grief. GreeneStone’s clinical team prefers to keep classes interactive, so you won’t have to sit through a lecture each morning. These sessions are meant to provide you with figurative tools to assist you during recovery.


In most inpatient rehab facilities, afternoons are when various types of therapy commence. After sitting down for a healthy lunch, you’ll transition into a few hours of customized cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments. Every client will have their own schedule during the afternoons.

An afternoon in rehab could involve seeing your therapist to discuss anxiety triggers. Then, you may attend a specialized therapy session to address a unique obstacle, such as anger management. Depending on your rehab centre, you could have a chance to sign up for other kinds of therapy, like spiritual or art therapy.

At GreeneStone, we offer access to a massage therapist and personal trainer. Some inpatient facilities also provide other amenities. Here, you’ll have access to a stunning property next to Lake Muskoka. With more than 40 acres to explore, you can use afternoons to walk and explore the nearby hiking trails and generally bask in the beauty of Ontario. Participate in hiking and fishing in the summer and skating and cross country skiing in the winter. GreeneStone also provides a pools, a gym, basketball and tennis courts and other amenities.

Ultimately, your afternoons in rehab are all about you! The best part of having a personalized afternoon schedule is that you learn valuable skills as a result. Striving to have greater control over your well-being is integral to overcoming substance misuse — and healthy habits are the perfect way to start.


Once you’ve finished up your afternoon treatments and activities, you’ll return to the centre’s dining room for a nutritious dinner. Eating well-balanced meals throughout the day is essential for recovering from substance use disorders. By rounding out your evening with a delicious meal, you’ll be set for whatever else the day brings before heading to your private suite for bed.

Typically, your day in rehab will end with a final group session. These are often 12-step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. At GreeneStone, we host three 12-step meetings in the centre three days per week. The rest of the week, we offer transportation to local 12-step programs, so clients can meet with community members and form a support network outside the centre.

After your last meeting, you can head back to your room to wind down before bed. Though many inpatient rehab facilities don’t have set bedtimes, you’ll likely want to go to bed early. This way, you’ll be prepared to take on tomorrow with a refreshed mind and body.

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Free Time

Of course, you’ll still have free time while going through rehab. The hours in between group and personalized therapy sessions are yours. Depending on your centre, you can access a wide array of amenities to make the most of your afternoons.

The recreational amenities at our inpatient rehab facility include:

  • Indoor pool
  • Yoga studio
  • Tennis court
  • Shuffleboard
  • Circuit training
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Massage therapy
  • Walking and hiking trails
  • Personal trainer services
  • Weight and cardio rooms

Additionally, GreeneStone offers numerous seasonal outdoor activities throughout the year, including ice skating and skiing. If you’d prefer to relax on your own, you can always take time to journal or read in your private suite. Spending time in meditation or reflection can also help keep you at peace. On days when you’re feeling a bit more tired than usual, you may want to take a quick nap before dinner.

Ultimately, you can spend your free time however you like! By balancing your treatment with rewarding activities, you can create a well-rounded rehab experience that puts you on a path toward recovery success. If you ever have questions about how you should spend your free time, your clinical team will be more than happy to help you discover activities that positively impact your experience.

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If you or a loved one is interested in entering rehab, GreeneStone is here to make the experience as smooth and beneficial as possible. At GreeneStone, we offer an array of treatment programs for all kinds of clients. Before welcoming clients, we ask that they go through an in-depth intake and admissions process to ensure we can offer the best experience for them.

Would you like to learn more about GreeneStone’s inpatient rehab treatment options in Ontario, Canada? Contact us today to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members!

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