Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.
Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.
Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.
The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. The staff will guide you on this matter. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.
Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation
It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.
Below are some items that are most recommended:
A list of names, home addresses, and telephone numbers of the people you want to be part of your therapy (those you care about, medical professionals, 12 step guarantors, etc.).
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.
In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
Your personal journal.
Envelopes and stamps.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Books and magazines will probably be given by your clinic.
Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
What Attire Is Needed
Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.
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. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
Keep the weather in mind and bring a seven day weather-appropriate set of clothes like.
Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
Shirts: For slightly revealing articles, you may bring cardigans or pullovers to cover it to avoid dress code policy issues.
Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
A belt, if needed.
A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack
Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.
These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling spray
Hygiene products for women
Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab
Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:
Liquor and any form of drug
Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
Food and drinks
Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Movie DVDs and games
Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
Games and playing cards
Candles and incense
Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. At times, your centre will provide these items
Most clinics will prohibit food and drinks coming from outside as they don't respect proper sugar and caffeine quantities. 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.
Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not
Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:
Cell phone and Laptop
In case you have this permission in your rehab, chances are your access to it is limited.
The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
Vitamins and Legal Medicines
These products must be new and unopened.
They shouldn't have been opened before.
Music and CD Player
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
Throwaway or Electric Razors
Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
Things That Remind You Of Home
Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.
Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic
If you arrive at the centres with some prohibited items without realisation you do not have to remain concerned. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. 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.
If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. 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. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.
Reach Out For Help Today
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.