Going to rehab isn't exactly a vacation but it pays to know what to bring and what things are permitted inside the treatment facility.
Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. Majority of them has a prescribed essential list and exceptions to bring with you during your stay at the centre.
The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Every clinic has rules on additional items.
Have a look at the "What to Bring" section of your clinic's website you don't know what is allowed and prohibited or queries about packing. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. They should be able to help you with that concern. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.
The Things That Are Necessities In Many Rehabs
It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.
Please find below the endorsed items:
Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
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.
Other items can just be left at home.
Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
The medications that the patient will be using.
It is recommended that all liquid medications be newly purchased and sealed.
You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
A notebook or a journal.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Some picture of close relatives and friends.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary
You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.
This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.
There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.
Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's 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.
A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take
Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature in the first three ingredients. No aerosols are 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 Prohibited In Rehabilitation
Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab centres. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:
Alcohol as well as drugs
Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
Sharp objects and weapons
Foods and drinks
Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence
The items mentioned in this list could very well surprise you and lead you to believe that games like playing cards, video games, DVDs and sporting equipment are indeed safe. However, the items are prohibited with the intention to help you to avoid distractions and to provide you an opportunity to remain focused on your recovery. At times, your centre will provide these items
Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. All your diet needs will be fully taken care of by the rehab chefs.
These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others
Each has their own rules and policies so do not expect that it is standard to all. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
Cell Phone and Laptop
The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
These products must be new and unopened.
They have to be closed and sealed.
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
Throwaway or Electric Razors
This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
It depends with the requirement in the facility.
Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.
Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On
Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.
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. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.
Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.
Act Now For Help
Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.
We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .