So what is an average day like here at Drug & Alcohol Rehab Asia? It really depends at what stage of the programme you are in.
If, like me, you are detoxing, the first week can be pretty tough what with trying to sleep and feeling rough. But because they kept me busy on the programme, I didn’t spend all day lying on my bed feeling sorry for myself (like I did at my last rehab).
Now I am in week three and I am feeling fitter than I have for years. Going to the gym doesn’t fill me with dread and getting up is fine.
I normally wake up around 7:00 am and fall out of bed and into my swimming shorts and sleepwalk down to the pool for the 7:30 am workout. I didn’t really like this at first but now I really look forward to it. It is a gentle half hour water workout that really wakes me up and energises me.
After the workout, I shower and change and go down to breakfast. Breakfast is really good. We can have a full cooked breakfast, congee, cereals, toast and a variety of juices.
The CBT group starts at 9:30 am. This has been really challenging. There is nowhere to hide here and the only way to get through it is total honesty which can be hard after years of lying. But once you get it, everything else falls into place and now I feel stronger emotionally than I ever have.
At 11:00 am there are individual sessions. Yesterday I had a 1 on 1 with Andy. Today I am in the gym with Peow, one of the personal trainers. He is tough!!! He takes you just a bit further than you think you can go, but I have not been this fit for years. I can see a little definition in my arms and I have lost 4 kgs. Sometimes I hate Peow, but I think I will look back and realize just how much he helped me regain some self esteem.
After lunch we have groups like relapse awareness. The rest of the afternoon we have on-on-one sessions, group sports, and meditation.
We finish at six with enough time to shower and change for dinner. We get a mix of Thai and western food and it is very good. Last night was another client’s last night so she had chosen the menu. We then had an ice cream cake and some speeches. I was really pleased for her and I am looking forward to choosing the food for my last night (Pizza!!!). In the evenings we sometimes watch movies or play games.
The weekend is fun with outdoor pursuits and island excursions. We go fishing, kayaking, to the beach, swimming by the islands waterfall, or Thai cooking. On Saturday morning, we also have the client meeting where we meet with a member of the staff and talk about the programme, the food and the week’s excursion. The staff actually do listen to us and things get done which is important to us clients.
So that’s one of my days. It might be different for you but I really like it here. I don’t want to have to go to rehab again so I am really trying to put 100% effort in and it feels like it is working.
(Reproduced with the kind permission of a former Drug & Alcohol Rehab Asia client)