A Typical Day

There’s not a lot of sitting around studying addiction and recovery at The Ranch Mississippi. We keep you engaged and active in treatment. From the time you get up until your head hits the pillow, we make the most of each moment, exploring the reasons why you’ve turned to drugs and alcohol, building your resilience and self-esteem, and helping you learn the skills you need to stay sober. There might be some difficult feelings and conversations, but there will also be laughter, joy, relief and transformation.

Days and activities vary by program, but below is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what a typical day may look like in residential addiction treatment.


Your day begins at 6:30 am. You’ll get ready for the day and attend to any morning chores like making your bed. You and your housemates will make a healthy breakfast and then you’ll have daily meditation at 8 am followed by Big Book or 12-step groups and exercises. Next you’ll engage in recreational fitness like adventure therapy, ropes course, rock climbing or gym time with guidance from our certified recreational therapists. Trauma resolution groups occur during this time on Mondays for those suffering from the effects of PTSD or unresolved trauma. Group therapy follows recreational time.


You’ll return to your house for lunch at noon. Your afternoons will be filled with a variety of one-hour groups and activities beginning at 1 pm. The groups you attend will depend on your program and specific issues. Groups cover a variety of topics, including life story reflections, intimacy issues, professionals group, expressive therapy, spirituality, recovery goals, relapse prevention, peer assessments and feedback, anger management, life skills, co-occurring mental health issues and recreational therapy.


In the evenings you’ll prepare and eat dinner with your housemates and work on recovery assignments from your groups or primary counselor. Every evening you’ll attend 12-step meetings on campus at 7:30 pm. After 12-step support meetings you may attend special groups that focus on a certain Step and have time with our clinical assistants and nurses. Lights out at 10:30 pm.


Unlike some drug and alcohol rehab centers, we have programming seven days a week. On weekends, you’ll engage in various groups and activities. You’ll also have opportunities to attend chapel services, participate in outdoor and indoor recreation, and have visitors as clinically appropriate.

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