Your first few days at rehab. What to expect…

The decision to go to rehab and start your journey of recovery may be one of the best decisions you´ll ever make. It can change the course of your life for the better, forever. In order to give yourself the chance of long term recovery and well-being, your first challenge will be getting through the first few days of your rehab programme.

The initial days of rehab are notoriously hard. They may include physical detox from the substance on which your brain and body has become dependent over time. This physical detox is often accompanied by symptoms such as sleeplessness, fatigue, irritability and anxiety. What’s more, as drugs and alcohol start to leave the body many people are confronted with the consequences of their behaviour in active addiction, and start to experience emotions they may have blocked out by using their drug of choice. During this time it is important to know that it´s normal to have thoughts about leaving rehab. You may try to convince yourself that it’s not the right time or not the right rehab for you. Take comfort in knowing that despite an often intense first few days, the physical and emotional feelings will start to improve, often within the first week. During this time it can be really helpful to share your feelings with other people in recovery. You’ll likely find they experienced and overcame similar struggles in their own journey. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. Recovery is a process and it might take a little while to start making sense of your experience.

At Bali Beginnings, we are proud to report that over 95% of people who join us complete the full programme of at least 28 days.

At Bali Beginnings our programme has been set up to support your recovery, through the initial days of rehab and beyond. We have a 24-hour nursing team on site to ease you through the medical detox from substance use. All of our support workers have their own experience of addiction and recovery. They will guide you through the process with warmth, understanding and advice. The other clients you’ll be living with will have gone through a similar experience to you and will be able to offer their own insights. During your individual sessions with our clinical psychologists, you’ll start to make sense of your substance use and work to gain clarity on your path to sustainable, long-term recovery.

At Bali Beginnings, we’re proud to report that over 95% of people who join us complete the full programme of at least 28 days. If you choose to join our programme, then over the course of your stay you will be encouraged to talk with our previous clients to hear how they may have struggled initially but are now settled and confident in their recovery.

It is important to prepare yourself for the challenges of early rehab, but also to know that long term well-being and recovery is absolutely possible. We will support you to make the changes that you need to form the foundation for a healthy, sustainable way of living.

If you would like to find out more about Bali Beginnings then please do not hesitate to get in touch at and our admissions team will reply to you as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you.


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