Rehab centers have very strict policies about what you are allowed to bring to treatment. A majority of centers provide a checklist that states recommended items to bring as well as prohibited items to avoid. Upon arriving at the center, the admissions process will begin. This is when a bag inspection will be carried out to ensure that no prohibited items are brought in.
Things to Bring
Take note that each center has different policies and some centers are stricter than others. As a general guideline, below is a list of items that you are recommended to bring to rehab:
- Your insurance and identification cards.
- A list containing the names, phone numbers, and addresses of the people who are involved in your rehab.
- A piece of jewelry that you need to wear daily such as a wedding ring. For any other valuables, it is recommended that you to leave them at home.
- An analog alarm clock.
- Your current prescription medication with its information label intact. Remember to seal up any liquid medications to avoid spillage. Remember to also bring along your medication list and associated dosages.
- A credit or debit card for treatment medication payments.
- A small amount of cash in smaller bills for store runs.
- A journal book.
- Pictures of loved ones.
- Reading materials that are recovery or self-help oriented.
Clothing to Bring
Most rehab centers impose a very strict dress code. If you are unsure, pack according to the weather. Stick to simple options such as jeans, t-shirts, cardigans, sweaters, and jackets. As the space in your room may be limited, try not to over-pack. There may be a laundry machine made accessible to you, thus pack only a week’s worth of clothing. Other apparels you can consider bringing include:
- Comfy shoes for everyday wear
- Tank tops and accompanying cardigans
- One or two formal apparels for special occasions like Family Night
- Bathing suit
- Bath robe
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Hygiene/Beauty Products to Bring
A majority of rehab centers require all hygiene/beauty products to be completely free of alcohol. However, there are some that allow products with alcohol as long as that ingredient is not listed as one of the first three ingredients. Aerosols are also not allowed. Products to bring include the following:
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair styling products
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Feminine hygiene products
- Comb and brush
Things Not To Bring
There are certain things that are prohibited by all rehab centers. This is to ensure safety of everyone, including you. The list varies by center, but the following items are generally always banned:
- Narcotics or prohibited prescriptions
- Drugs and alcohol
- Toiletries with alcohol
- Food or drinks
- Unapproved over-the-counter medications
- Electronic cigarettes
- Sporting equipment
- Video games/DVDs
- Revealing clothing
- Cleaning supplies
- Candles and incense
- Games and playing cards
- Clothing with profanity
You may be surprised at some of the items included in the above-mentioned lists. However, take note that they are prohibited as they may cause distractions to your recovery journey. Certain items are available at your center, which will only be allowed during specific times.
For more information about what you can and cannot bring to rehab, feel free to ask Spark To Recovery admissions specialist.