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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Should I Carry When Checking Into Rehab

There are certain items that are not allowed in a rehab facility and so when checking in, you need to be sure which ones are allowed.


Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. 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.


Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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Looking For Packing Info

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. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. 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 policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.

These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:

  • A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
  • An alarm clock.
  • 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.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Minimum amount of cash in cases where vending machines or in-house stores are accessible.
  • Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
  • Identification information.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • Your personal journal.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
  • Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • Tip: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

What Clothing You Can Carry

Be conscious of any limitations on the dress code while packing because most clinics have one. If you are not sure about how to pack for the weather, you should be looking forward to packing layering options like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets.

Pack only that many clothes which can be easily accommodated in your room.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.

  • Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • 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: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
  • A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
  • Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A jacket.
  • A bathrobe.
  • A belt, if needed.
  • A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack

Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.

You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb/brush
  • Hygiene products for women
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. This is because they might compromise the recovery process of the patient or even put their lives at risk. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
  • Weapons
  • Pornographic materials
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • E cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Computer games
  • Games equipment
  • Skimpy clothes
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronic products
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • 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 centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.


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. You may wonder but some centres allow these items inside the facility:

  • Computer Equipment
  • 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.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Chewing gum
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • Music and CD Player
  • You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
  • Cameras
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
  • Nail Clippers
  • They are prohibited at certain clinics.
  • Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
  • Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


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There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

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