Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility
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 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. 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. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.
Have a look at the "What to Bring" section of your clinic's website you don't know what is allowed and prohibited or queries about packing. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. 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.
Items That Most Clinics Endorse
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:
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.).
You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
Other items can just be left at home.
An alarm clock.
You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
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.].
If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
Your personal journal.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.
What Clothes For The Centre
It is common for rehabs to have strict dress policy in place and that's why you should check with the centre first. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.
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. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.
Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:
Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
Shorts: The dress code of the centres will determine the length of the shorts.
Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
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. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.
Personal hygiene and beauty products that last for a month have to be carried along and they are:
A toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair wash and care products
Hair styling spray
Feminine hygiene products
Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab
There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. This is because they might compromise the recovery process of the patient or even put their lives at risk. The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:
Alcohol as well as drugs
Opiates and other medicines
Food or drinks
Body sprays with alcohol content
OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Video games and DVDs
Clothing that is not descent
Body sprays with strong cents
Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence
One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.
You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.
Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not
Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
Cell phone and Laptop
You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought with you.
There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
Although you have this privilege, you are limited to a number of specified quantities allowed.
Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
They shouldn't have been opened before.
MP3 Player or CD Player
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.
Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
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.
Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.
Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. 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.
In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. 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.
Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.
Act Now For Help
No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.
Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 so we can match a centre to your needs.