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 recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.
You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. The staff will carefully check your belonging to ensure you are not carrying any banned substance or item with you. Many inpatient facilities record the stuff you bring in their database in order to ensure none of your stuff is left behind when you check out.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. Every clinic has rules on additional items.
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. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. 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 things allowed in one rehab may not be allowed in others.
For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:
Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
You can carry an alarm clock which does not have a radio.
Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.
What Attire Is Needed
Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. 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.
Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
Dressy outfits for special occasions like the family night will also be useful.
Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
A bathing suit; At least one.
A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring
Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. 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. Aerosols are not allowed.
You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
Feminine hygiene products
Which Items Are Prohibited
Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab centres. This is because they might compromise the recovery process of the patient or even put their lives at risk. Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:
Drugs and alcohol
Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
Sharp objects and weapons
Food and drinks
Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
Unsealed over-the-counter medicines
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Movie DVDs and games
Clothing that is not descent
Any forms of electronic equipment.
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. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.
Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. You will be given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.
These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others
Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. While a number of things are prohibited across-the-board exceptions may be made by some facilities for the following.
Cell phone and Laptop
However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
They have to be new not previously opened.
They have to be closed and sealed.
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
Throwaway or Electric Razors
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
It depends with the requirement in the facility.
Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
However, all these items should be allowed first.
Will My Property Be Handed Over If It Was Confiscated Upon Admission
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. In case you got no one with you at the time of admission, they will hold the item for 24 hours until your representative can claim it. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.
In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.
Make Packing For Rehab Simple If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Pack only what you need as an advice.
Reach Out For Help Today
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.
Call us now on 0800 772 3971 for help in finding a centre.