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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

What To Carry Along When Going For Rehab

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. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. The staff will carefully check your belonging to ensure you are not carrying any banned substance or item with you. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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Looking For Packing Info

Please make sure to consult your rehab with allowed and prohibited things to bring or you can check on their page online. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. 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

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:

  • 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.).
  • Person ornaments that are used by the person.
  • Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • 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.
  • All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
  • Your check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

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.

Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.

Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.


Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:

  • 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.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Nightwear.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature 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:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Hair brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sun cream
  • Makeup

Items Not To Take To 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. These are the screened contrabands:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
  • Arms (pistols, blades, scissors, piercing objects, etc.)
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drink
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • E-cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Video games and movies in any media
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Gaming materials
  • Incense and candles
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

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. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.

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 will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:

  • Computer Equipment
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Chewing gum
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Cutters
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. 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.

In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. You need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Pack only what you need as an advice.


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You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

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