Once you choose to enter a rehab program, you will want to learn about what you can and cannot bring into the facility. Rehab centers have strict rules when it comes to what you are allowed to bring. When you first get to the rehab, the admission team will look through all of your bags to make sure you haven’t brought any prohibited items in. It’s easier if you know what is allowed before you even pack it.
Many people wonder whether or not they will be allowed to bring any comfort items in with them, such as a favorite blanket or a stuffed animal. While most rehabs will provide you with a detailed packing checklist for their specific center, you can get an idea about what you can bring by reading the following information.
Recommended Items to Bring
Your rehab will give you a list of items that you can bring, but generally, the following is allowed:
Your personal identification- You will need to have your ID with you during rehab, along with your health insurance card.
Cash and cards- You may wish to bring a small amount of cash into the center, for things like snacks from the vending machines. You can also have a debit or credit card on you to pay for treatment.
Prescription medication- If you are on any kind of prescription medicine, make sure to bring it in the original bottle from the pharmacy. If you take liquid medications, the bottle must be new and sealed when you come in.
A comfort blanket or stuffed animal- You may be allowed to bring in one or two comfort items, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Check with the admissions team before bringing one in. Some personal items from home are often allowed.
Calling card- You may need a calling card to call family and friends from the facility.
Clothing- The rehab will likely have a strict dress code, so make sure you find out their restrictions before you pack. Pack enough clothes for seven days, and pack layering options that will help in the cold or warmth. These include t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, and jackets. Remember to pack socks, undergarments, comfortable shoes, slippers, pajamas, and a robe. Most rehabs will provide you with access to a washing machine while you are a patient.
Toiletries- All toiletries must be alcohol-free. You’ll want to pack deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, brush or comb, lotion, makeup, shaving cream, and sunscreen. Do not pack any aerosol cans.
Items to Leave at Home
Your safety is important to rehab. What you can’t bring will vary according to the specific rehab, but you can usually count on the following items to be banned.
• Drugs and alcohol
• Cleaning supplies
• Over-the-counter medications or supplements, unless approved
• Drinks and food items
• Video games and systems
• Weapons, such as guns, knives, or sharp objects
• Mouthwash (may contain alcohol)
• Electronic cigarettes
• Revealing or offensive clothing
• Clothing that references alcohol drugs, or violence
Items That May Also Be Allowed
Cell phone- You will likely be permitted to bring your cell phone, so make sure to bring a power cord. However, the rehab may only allow you access to it at certain times.
Disposable razors- Many centers ban razors completely, as they can be used as weapons or to self-harm. However, a disposable or electric razor may be allowed.
Cigarettes- If you are addicted to nicotine, you might be allowed to bring in a certain amount of cigarettes.
Finding the Information You Need
If you have found your rehab facility online, look at the website to find out what you can and cannot bring. They will likely have a page called “What to Bring to Rehab”, or you can look for a FAQ section. If you are still unable to find the information, call the admissions office. If you have questions concerning why you cannot bring certain items, you may again wish to call the admissions office. They can explain why they have the policy in place.
Don’t worry if you accidentally pack something that is prohibited. The rehab may send the items back with the person you came with, or they will store them safely for you while you are in the facility. Talk to them beforehand to find out their specific policy.
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