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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility

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. A list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. 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. However, each rehab has its own conditions on what they allow and what is not allowed.



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How To Find Information About What To Bring

The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. You can also get this info on their website. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. If you are still unable to find the information required you are advised to contact the admissions office of the rehab. 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.


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.

These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:

  • 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.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • The medications that the patient will be using.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
  • Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
  • Identification information.
  • Call cards may be required in cases where long distance calls are accessible only through it.
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • 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.
  • TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.

What Clothes For The Centre

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.

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.

Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • Dressy outfits for special occasions like the family night will also be useful.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.

You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:

  • Body sprays
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairspray
  • Hair brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Which Items Are Prohibited

Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab 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:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
  • Sharp tools
  • Pornography
  • Food items
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games
  • Incense or candles
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

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. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on 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

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
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
  • Cigarettes
  • 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
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing Gums
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Camera
  • For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
  • Razors
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
  • Nail Cutters
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Additional Items
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Will My Property Be Handed Over If It Was Confiscated Upon Admission

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. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


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There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

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