There are certain items that are not allowed in a rehab facility and so when checking in, you need to be sure which ones are allowed.
Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.
You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. Many inpatient facilities record the stuff you bring in their database in order to ensure none of your stuff is left behind when you check out.
Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.
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. 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. 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.
Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation
The list varies from centre to centre.
These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:
Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
You can carry an alarm clock which does not have a radio.
It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
Your personal journal.
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
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: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.
What Clothing You Can Carry
Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.
Pack only that many clothes which can be easily accommodated in your room.
Laundry spaces are accessible in a facility so you can plan your clothes packing based on that amenity. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.
You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.
Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday activities, sports and flip flops for the shower.
Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
A couple of special dresses.
A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
A bath robe.
A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring
Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.
The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:
A toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair styling spray
Comb / brush
Feminine hygiene products
Items Not To Take To Rehab
Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab centres. This is because they might compromise the recovery process of the patient or even put their lives at risk. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:
Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence
One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.
No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.
Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not
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:
Smartphones and Laptops
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.
Some centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
OTC medications should be brand new.
These must also be new.
Music and CD Player
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
They are prohibited at certain clinics.
Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.
What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me
Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.
There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.
Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.
Get Assistance Today
A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. 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 .