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 strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.
The admission process begins as soon as you check in. 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. It is a habit with some centres to prepare a catalogue of the items which you bring in order to ensure that you do not leave anything behind when you leave.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.
Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. Although not all centres offer a checklist, some provide the patient in order to prepare them prior to admission. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.
Items That Most Clinics Endorse
The list varies from centre to centre.
These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:
Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
Other items can just be left 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.
If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
Some money but not a lot of it.
Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
A notebook or newspaper.
Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
What Attire Is Needed
You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.
You have to bear in mind that the sizes of the rooms in the facility may not be as big as your room at home.
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.
You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:
Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday activities, sports and flip flops for the shower.
Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
A couple of special dresses.
A bathing suit; At least one.
A coat / jacket.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Aerosols are not allowed.
You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:
A toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Feminine hygiene products
Items Not To Take To Rehab
All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:
Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.
You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.
These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others
Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
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.
Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
OTC medications should be brand new.
Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
MP3 Player or CD Player
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
Cameras should also not access the internet.
Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
They are prohibited at certain clinics.
You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.
Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic
In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.
There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. 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 the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.
Packing For Rehab Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.
Get Assistance Today
No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.
Call us now on 0800 772 3971 for help in finding a centre.