After deciding to enrol for a rehab it is essential to understand the kind of items you will be allowed to bring into the centres along with any private items which the treatment centres will not allow.
What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. Majority of them has a prescribed essential list and exceptions to bring with you during your stay at the centre.
You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.
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. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. 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
The list varies from centre to centre.
Below are some items that are most recommended:
Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
Person ornaments that are used by the person.
Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
The medications that the patient will be using.
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 or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
A journal or diary.
Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
The Attire You Should Have With You
You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of weather.
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. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:
Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack
Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. While other centres may allow you to bring products with alcohol component as long as it is not listed as one of the top three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed
You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling spray
Hygiene products for women
Items Not To Take To Rehab
A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery These are the screened contrabands:
Drugs and alcohol
Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
Sharp objects and weapons
Body sprays with alcohol content
Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Clothing that is not descent
Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
Any forms of electronic equipment.
Games and playing cards
Candles and incense
Drug related clothing
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.
Most clinics will prohibit food and drinks coming from outside as they don't respect proper sugar and caffeine quantities. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.
Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not
Each has their own rules and policies so do not expect that it is standard to all. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.
Cell Phone and Laptop
You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
Don't leave your charger behind.
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.
They have to be closed and sealed.
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
Throwaway or Electric Razors
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
Objects That Make You Feel At Home
The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.
Will My Property Be Handed Over If It Was Confiscated Upon Admission
Your property will always be safe. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.
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. 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. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.
Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.
Act Now For Help
A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.
Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 so we can match a centre to your needs.