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When packing for rehab, it’s important to know what items your treatment center prohibits and what you’re allowed to bring. Most treatment centers have very strict policies about what you can and cannot bring with you to treatment. There is usually a recommended packing checklist and a list of prohibited items. Most Treatment centers allow you to bring all of the necessities; and, all the policies on bringing extra items vary by each center.

As soon as you arrive at rehab you will need to check in and begin the admissions process. Your bags will be inspected to ensure safety and to make sure that no prohibited items are brought in; and, to make sure that you don’t leave anything behind when you leave. Recommended Items To Bring –  It is recommended that you bring the following Items; but, please, beware that each rehab’s policies are different and some are stricter than others.

  1. A list of names, addresses and phone numbers of those you wish to have involved in your treatment.
  2. Jewelry that you wear every day and consider to be a necessity, like your wedding ring or a watch.
  3. Your current prescription medication in the original pharmacy bottle with the information label intact; and, a list of all your medications and dosages.
  4. A small amount of cash or pre-paid card
  5. Your insurance and identification card.
  6. Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters.
  7. Pictures of your family or friends.
  8. Your rehab will likely provide reading materials for you; but, if you want to bring your own, they should be appropriate.

Dress Code–  Most rehabs have a very strict dress code. Be sure to pack for the weather. It is wise to pack layering options, like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets; and, keep in mind that the space in your room may be limited and try not to bring too much. Since you should have access to a laundry machine at your center, a week’s worth of clothing should be sufficient. Be sure to bring comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing, including comfortable shoes for everyday wear, tennis shoes for activities and sports and flip flops for the shower. If you chose to bring tank tops, make sure you also pack cardigans to wear with them to comply with your center’s dress code. Be sure that your pants and shorts are a certain length to comply with your center’s dress code. You should also bring one or two “dressy” outfits for special occasions. Also bring socks, undergarments, pajamas, slippers, a bathing suit, a bath robe, a coat/jacket, a belt and a hat. Personal Hygiene–  All toiletries and beauty products cannot have alcohol listed in the first three ingredients and cannot contain aerosol. Be sure to bring thirty days worth of toiletries and beauty products, such as: deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hair styling products, a comb/brush, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, lotion, sunscreen and makeup. Do Not Bring–  All centers are different; but, the following items are almost always banned:

Three meals a day, snacks and beverages will be provided to you. If you have special dietary needs, notify your rehab before you’re admitted. Each treatment center has their own policies, so some rehabs may prohibit an item that’s allowed at another. While many things are prohibited across the board, the following may be allowed at some facilities: Cell phone and laptop, if your rehab allows these items, you will likely only have access to them at certain times. Cigarettes, if you smoke, some facilities will allow you to bring cigarettes. Vitamins and over the counter medications if  are allowed, if new and unopened. MP3 players, CD players and devices without internet access or speakers are usually allowed; and, some centers allow cameras that are not internet capable. Razors can be dangerous, so some centers prohibit them completely. However, more often than not, disposable razors are allowed. Nail clippers are banned at some centers, but not all. Items to make your room feel more like home. You may be allowed to bring your own bedding, pillows and other items to make your room more comfortable. Make sure to double check with your rehab before packing any of these items. If you arrive at your center and realize you’ve packed something prohibited, don’t worry! Most rehabs will send prohibited items home with the person who brought you to the center. Others will hold your items for 24 hours until someone comes to pick them up. In some cases, your center may store the items for you until you leave. If you’re traveling by plane to get to your center, chances are you won’t have a loved one with you when you’re admitted to take items home. It is recommended that you call your center before you leave home to double check their policies. Packing for rehab can be easy! Just follow your center’s policies and ask questions if you’re unsure about an item. As a general rule, try to pack light and keep it to the necessities.

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