A Day at Oxford: Inpatient Treatment Schedule Breakdown
Inpatient addiction treatment at a facility like Oxford Treatment Center has a plethora of benefits for those who are looking to build the foundation of their recovery.
The ASAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine details a few reasons why inpatient (or residential) treatment is constructive for addiction recovery, including that it provides not only a reprieve from unstructured or unsupportive environments that may contribute to addiction, but also medical and psychiatric care that may not otherwise be available to the patient.
A day in the life of a patient at Oxford Treatment Center is structured to help minimize anxiety caused by the unknown but also create opportunities for patients to determine their own unique journey through recovery. Read on to see what a typical day of treatment looks like at this American Addiction Centers’ facility.
6:30 a.m. Wake Up
A set time to rise for all patients takes the guesswork out of the beginning of the day, both for patients and for staff. Shortly after the alarm goes off, Oxford staff deliver medication to those who need it.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
Good nutrition is important for everyone, but specifically for people in recovery—as those who have experienced addiction may have neglected healthy eating or eating altogether. Oxford Treatment Center provides all meals, which can be customized for dietary needs and restrictions.
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Small Groups
At any given time, there will be several different types of groups meeting throughout the day. Morning group therapy is generally conducted in a smaller setting.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Alternative Therapies
From holistic and spiritual options to equine therapy and yoga, Oxford Treatment Center has a great collection of alternative therapies for its patients.
12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch
Right before lunch is another medication distribution period for those who may need it. We’ve also already talked about the importance of proper nutrition, but mealtimes also allow for something else that nourishes patients: spending time with people with similar experiences.
1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Break/Free Time
Often, therapy can be mentally and emotionally tiring. That’s why halfway through the day, Oxford has a period of time that patients can use to recharge and take a break before getting back to the task of recovery.
2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Group Therapies
After lunch and straight through to dinner are another vast collection of therapies. Some of these will be lecture series, others will be a continuation of alternative therapies. Even further customization is available in these afternoon gatherings for each gender, veterans, first responders, LGBTQ+ individuals, and more. If necessary, another medication break comes around 3 p.m.
5 p.m. Dinner
Dinner provides another opportunity for patients to spend less structured time together, connecting over food.
6 p.m. Personal Time
While patients should have a majority of their day structured, it’s also important to provide “free time” for patients to give them a short mental and emotional break. From reading and journaling to practicing other hobbies like painting, Oxford encourages its patients to not only use this time to reflect on lessons learned throughout the day, but to also use the time to continue to connect with their peers.
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
Before bedtime, there’s one last round of medication delivery, should you require it. Just like quality nutrition, a great night’s sleep is good for everyone. For someone in treatment, getting enough shuteye means they can be better prepared for the next day of small group and other therapies.