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 facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.
The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. 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.
Some are only allowing bare necessities into the facility. Every clinic has rules on additional items.
Most rehab centres have their own website featuring a "What to Pack" webpage, where you will find information regarding what is allowed. 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. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.
Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You
It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.
For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:
Names, contact information, and addresses of people you want to be notified or involved in the process whenever required.
Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
Other items can just be left at home.
A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
All prescribed medications in their original bottle.
If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
A journal or diary.
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Some picture of close relatives and friends.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.
What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary
It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. If you are not sure about how to pack for the weather, you should be looking forward to packing layering options like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets.
This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.
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.
Ensure that you bring following clothes and items that will make your week comfortable:
Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
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: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
A bathing suit; At least one.
A bath robe.
A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Do not bring aerosols.
You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:
A toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair styling spray
Feminine care products
Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation
There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. 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. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.
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. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
Cell phone and Laptop
In case you have this permission in your rehab, chances are your access to it is limited.
You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
OTC medications should be brand new.
They have to be closed and sealed.
Music and CD Player
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.
Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took
Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The person who brought you to the centres will be requested to carry the prohibited item's back home by the rehab centres. In case you came alone, the centre might hold the item for a certain period of time, during which someone from your family can collect it. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.
This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.
Make Packing For Rehab Simple If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.
Get Assistance Today
You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.
Call us now on 0800 772 3971 for help in finding a centre.