What to Expect

We understand that preparing for treatment is for many an unfamiliar, and therefore daunting task. But it does not have to be. The following guidelines of what to expect at admission and which items to bring will both soothe nerves and smooth out the process for everyone. 


CAT provides specific guidelines of what patients should bring for their stays and what items are prohibited. It is essential to review the “What to Bring” list before arriving to avoid delays. Please note that patients are searched at admission, and anything deemed to be contraband will be confiscated and not returned. Alternatively, the item can be given to the person dropping off the patient. 

Patients should be sure all personal business is attended to before coming into treatment. This includes medications, work duties, possible court dates or legal issues and any family obligations. Patients may not make any phone calls during detox and should plan accordingly.


Treatment at CAT is comprised of many different activities designed to give the patient the necessary tools to achieve lifelong sobriety. Through educational sessions, individual counseling, group therapy, meditation, art, recreation therapy, and 12-step meetings, we strive to reach the root of the addiction while addressing other dimensions of the patient’s health and overall well-being.

Patients should expect their treatment at CAT to be intensive, interesting and personalized to individual needs. Finally, this sample weekly treatment schedule provides an idea of what to expect during a typical week of treatment at CAT. Of course, our schedule is regularly changing. Patients are provided updated schedules upon admission to short-term residential treatment.