Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.
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.
You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.
If you are not sure about bringing an item or have any questions about what you should be packing you should be having a look on the website of the rehab for a "what to bring" page. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.
Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You
Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.
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).
You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
Some money but not a lot of it.
Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
Call cards may be required in cases where long distance calls are accessible only through it.
A notebook or newspaper.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Some picture of close relatives and friends.
Books and magazines will probably be given by your clinic.
If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.
What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary
It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.
Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.
Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
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: For slightly revealing articles, you may bring cardigans or pullovers to cover it to avoid dress code policy issues.
Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
A coat / jacket.
A belt, if needed.
A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable
A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. No aerosols are allowed.
You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Feminine care products
Which Items Are Prohibited
There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:
Drugs and alcohol
Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
Food or drinks
Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
Any forms of electronic equipment.
Incense or candles
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 idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.
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 given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.
These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others
Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:
Cell phone and Laptop
The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
You may be allowed to smoke at some time.
These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
Vitamins and Legal Medicines
OTC medications should be brand new.
Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
MP3 and CD Players
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
Throwaway or Electric Razors
This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.
Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.
You are likely to travel alone if you are commuting by air and so there won't be anyone to take the prohibited items home. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.
Make Packing For Rehab Simple To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.
Receive Help Now
There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.
We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .