After deciding to enrol for a rehab it is essential to understand the kind of items you will be allowed to bring into the centres along with any private items which the treatment centres will not allow.
Rehab centres have various policies, which are strict about what you can bring with you during the treatment. A list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.
You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Every clinic has rules on additional items.
Most rehab centres have their own website featuring a "What to Pack" webpage, where you will find information regarding what is allowed. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They should be able to help you with that concern. They can also provide you the information regarding the procedure for the admission along with providing you an explanation for their policies if you have any concerns.
Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation
The list varies from centre to centre.
For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:
The contact details of the people close to the patient.
Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
You can carry an alarm clock which does not have a radio.
Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
Some money but not a lot of it.
Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
A journal or diary.
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
What Attire Is Needed
It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.
Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.
Laundry spaces are accessible in a facility so you can plan your clothes packing based on that amenity. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.
Ensure that you bring following clothes and items that will make your week comfortable:
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: You need to make sure you bring the shirts that are allowed in that facility, tank tops need to be accompanied by cardigans.
Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed.
You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
Products used mostly by females
Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab
Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:
Drugs and alcohol
Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
Food or drinks
Everyday stuff containing alcohol
OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.
You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.
Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others
Each has their own rules and policies so do not expect that it is standard to all. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:
Cell Phone and Laptop
You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
They shouldn't have been opened before.
MP3 and CD Players
Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
It depends with the requirement in the facility.
Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
However, all these items should be allowed first.
What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.
If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.
Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.
Find Support Now
A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.
Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 772 3971.