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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

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.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.

The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. 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. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.



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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. You can also get this info on their website. Some centres are known to offer packing checklists, which is printable that you can refer to while packing. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They should be able to help you with that concern. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.

Below are some items that are most recommended:

  • 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.).
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • A journal or diary.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
  • You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
  • Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.

The Attire You Should Have With You

You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. 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.

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

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


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

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A jacket.
  • A bathrobe.
  • A belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. 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 hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair gels
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. These are the screened contrabands:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Pornography
  • Food and drink
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • E cigarettes
  • Unapproved and previously opened medication (even if it is prescribed)
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Skimpy clothes
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

The items mentioned in this list could very well surprise you and lead you to believe that games like playing cards, video games, DVDs and sporting equipment are indeed safe. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.

Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. All your diet needs will be fully taken care of by the rehab chefs.


Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others

Each has their own rules and policies so do not expect that it is standard to all. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:

  • Cell phone and Laptop
  • 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 centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Gum
  • They shouldn't have been opened before.
  • MP3 Player or CD Player
  • It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
  • Camera
  • For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

You are likely to travel alone if you are commuting by air and so there won't be anyone to take the prohibited items home. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Facilitate the application process by reviewing the packing checklist of your clinic's website. Pack only what you need as an advice.


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No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

Contact us now on 0800 246 1509 so we can match a centre to your needs.