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What To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

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.


Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. A list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.

The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. 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.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. However, each rehab has its own conditions on what they allow and what is not allowed.



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How To Know What To Pack

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. You can also get this info on their website. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. They should be able to help you with that concern. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Items That Most Clinics Endorse

The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.

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.
  • Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
  • Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
  • An alarm clock.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
  • A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
  • 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.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
  • Your personal journal.
  • Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if you wish to.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • In case you insist on bringing your own reading material, they are to be recovery related, self-help and spiritual materials.
  • TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.

What Attire Is Needed

You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. 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.

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


Ensure that you bring following clothes and items that will make your week comfortable:

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • 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
  • Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
  • One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
  • Socks
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • Bath robe.
  • A belt, if needed.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty

Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. There are other centres that will let you bring products that do not contain alcohol in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed.

You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gels
  • Hair brush
  • Feminine wash or hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab

Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail products
  • Computer games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Sexy or revealing clothing
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense and candles
  • 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 idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. At times, your centre will provide these items

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.


These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others

Each rehab has its own rules which may be different to that of another rehab. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Cell phone and Laptop
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
  • Cigarettes
  • There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
  • You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Gum
  • These must also be new.
  • Music Players
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Cameras
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. 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. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. You need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


Act Now For Help

There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

Call us now on 0800 246 1509 for help in finding a centre.