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.
Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.
You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. 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. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.
Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.
Most rehab centres have their own website featuring a "What to Pack" webpage, where you will find information regarding what is allowed. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. They should be able to help you with that concern. If you have any doubts you will find all the answers and explanations before your admission.
Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation
The things allowed in one rehab may not be allowed in others.
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.
Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
An alarm clock.
It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
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.)
Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
Your personal journal.
Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.
What Clothing You Can Carry
Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.
Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.
There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:
Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
Shirts: You need to make sure you bring the shirts that are allowed in that facility, tank tops need to be accompanied by cardigans.
Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take
A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal 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.
These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Comb / brush
Hygiene products for women
Items Not To Take To Rehab
A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:
Drugs and booze
Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
Foods and drinks
Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
Unapproved and previously opened medication (even if it is prescribed)
Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse
While you might not expect certain things to be banned, like electronic products and sport equipment, but many centres do not allow them. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.
Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.
Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not
Each rehab has its own rules which may be different to that of another rehab. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
It must be unopened and sealed.
MP3 and CD Players
You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
It depends with the requirement in the facility.
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.
It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if they allow such items.
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. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.
In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.
Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.
Act Now For Help
Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. 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.