Prepare for the first step to recovery and review what to pack to stay at a drug and alcohol rehab facility.
Getting Ready for Rehab
You are getting ready to go to drug and alcohol rehab, and the transition can be stressful. The idea of packing should not be a source of additional pressure. We have organized a checklist to get everything you should bring along with you and leave behind. Here are some tips and suggestions on what to bring to rehab.
What To Bring With You To Rehab
When you’re getting ready to move into a rehab facility, you have to go through the list of items you can bring. During the admissions process, the team will inspect your bags to ensure safety and that no prohibited items are brought in. Packing for rehab is very easy, especially because most recovery centers have a checklist for getting ready.
Beyond clothes and personal items, there are some items that most centers recommend people to bring. Some of these recommendations include:
- A list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of those you wish to contact during your treatment
- Jewelry that you wear every day and consider to be a necessity, like wedding rings or a watch
- A small amount of cash for store runs or vending machines
- Your checkbook, credit card, or debit card
- Your insurance cards and form of identification
- Pictures of your loved ones
Most rehabs have a strict dress code. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that you pack layering options, like T-shirts, cardigans, and jackets. Keep in mind that you might be limited in terms of space, so don’t overpack. A week’s worth of clothes should be enough. Remember, you can still do laundry almost every week, so you’ll have fresh clothes all the time.
- Comfortable shoes for everyday wear
- Tennis shoes for outdoor activities
- Flip flops for the shower and the beach
- T-shirts, polos, and blouses
- Knee-length shorts
- Knee-length or midi dresses
- One or two dressy outfits for special occasions
- A bathing suit, one-piece for women and trunks for men
- A hat
Personal Hygiene and Beauty Products
Although our center has toiletries and beauty products available, you can still bring some personal ones. Beware that most products must be alcohol-free. Aerosols are nor allowed on the premises. Remember that you can always buy additional toiletries if you need to.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hairstyling products
- Brush or comb
- Feminine hygiene products
- Shaving cream
- Bring all prescription medications in their original bottle. It is helpful to bring a list of your prescribed medications and the dosages of each
- Smokers: recommended bringing a carton or two. Additional nicotine products such as vapes or cigarettes are available for purchase during your stay in addiction treatment. Ask about tobacco products like chewing tobacco to verify you can bring these items
- Music devices are allowed except for those containing Wi-Fi or cameras (PHP admits only)
- Books, notebook, journal, sketchbook, knitting
Please note that individuals enrolling in Intensive Outpatient Programming can have electronic devices, including cell phones.
What Not to Bring to Drug Rehab
While some of the restricted items might seem obvious, not everyone realizes that they can’t bring certain things to rehab. These restrictions ensure your safety and are here to create the best environment for your recovery.
- Drugs and alcohol
- Prohibited prescriptions or narcotics
- Weapons including knives, scissors, or sharp objects
- Food or drinks
- Toiletries and beauty products with alcohol
- Unapproved or pre-opened OTC medications
- Nail polish, polish remover, or synthetic nail products
- Video games and DVDs
- Sporting equipment
- Revealing clothing
- Cleaning supplies
- Games and playing cards
- Candles and incense
- Clothing with references to drugs, alcohol, or violence
Most people are surprised to learn about some of the items on this list. While video games and DVDs might seem harmless, they’re distractions from your substance abuse treatment. Most rehab centers will have some of these items available during certain times.
Outside foods and drinks are prohibited mostly because during rehab, sugar levels and caffeine are managed. Focusing on your nutrition and eating habits is another important aspect of recovery.
Brought Something Prohibited?
Don’t worry about bringing something prohibited. We won’t toss it. If possible, we’ll send the prohibited items back with the person who brought you to the treatment center. If not, we’ll try to make arrangements for someone to pick up these items. If none of these are possible and we know your things won’t go bad, we might be able to store the items until you’re ready to leave treatment.
However, if you bring items like drugs or alcohol, odds are we’ll take the necessary steps to dispose of these items safely.