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Items To Take To Rehab

What Can I Have With Me In Therapy

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. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. 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.


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

Most rehab centres have their own website featuring a "What to Pack" webpage, where you will find information regarding what is allowed. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. 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:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • 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.
  • It is recommended that all liquid medications be newly purchased and sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Some money but not a lot of it.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
  • Call cards may be required in cases where long distance calls are accessible only through it.
  • Your diary.
  • If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
  • In case you insist on bringing your own reading material, they are to be recovery related, self-help and spiritual materials.
  • ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.

What Attire Is Needed

Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.

This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: You need to make sure you bring the shirts that are allowed in that facility, tank tops need to be accompanied by cardigans.
  • Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
  • One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit; At least one.
  • Nightclothes.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt, if needed.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable

All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. Aerosols are not allowed.

You should be taking along 30-day requirements of toiletries and beauty products, including:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb/brush
  • Hygiene products for women
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Opiates and other medicines
  • Arms (pistols, blades, scissors, piercing objects, etc.)
  • Pornography
  • Food or drinks
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing clothing [tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff baring tops, etc.]
  • Aerosols
  • Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
  • Electrical devices (televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense and candles
  • Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence

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. However, the items are prohibited with the intention to help you to avoid distractions and to provide you an opportunity to remain focused on your recovery. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.

Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not

Each rehab has its own rules which may be different to that of another rehab. You may wonder but some centres allow these items inside the facility:

  • Cell phone and Laptop
  • The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • 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.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • As long as they are new and never opened during admission.
  • Gum
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music and CD Player
  • You might be permitted to bring along entertainment devices that can work without speakers and internet.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • Most of the times, throwaway razors are permitted.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Clippers are allowed although some centres consider this as a contraband.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
  • It is best to call up the rehab centre and check if they allow such items.

Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On

If you arrive at the centres with some prohibited items without realisation you do not have to remain concerned. 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. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehabilitation Can Be Easy Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


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A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.

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