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Items To Take To Rehab

What Can I Have With Me In Therapy

Every therapy clinic permits certain things while forbids others and this is very important to know this once getting ready for treatment.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. The staff will carefully check your belonging to ensure you are not carrying any banned substance or item with you. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.


However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.



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Knowing The Packing Requirements Of Your Rehab

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. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. If you are still unable to find the information required you are advised to contact the admissions office of the rehab. They will let you know of all the items. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.

For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:

  • 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.).
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • The medications that the patient will be using.
  • All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
  • You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
  • A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A journal or diary.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.

What Clothing You Can Carry

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.

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

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.


Keep the weather in mind and bring a seven day weather-appropriate set of clothes like.

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • 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
  • Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
  • A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat/jacket.
  • Bathing robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable

Rehab centres require every toiletries and beauty products to be free absolutely from alcohol. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. Aerosols are not allowed

Personal hygiene and beauty products that last for a month have to be carried along and they are:

  • Body sprays
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine care products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sun cream
  • Makeup

Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab

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:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food items
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Computer games
  • Games equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning supplies [bleach, ammonia, etc.]
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Statement shirts with explicit or statements in reference to drugs, violence or substance abuse

Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. 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. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.

You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. 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:

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • In case you have this permission in your rehab, chances are your access to it is limited.
  • 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
  • These must also be new.
  • Music Players
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • 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
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Objects That Make You Feel At Home
  • Some centres allow you to bring your own pillows, bedding or curtains to make you feel at ease.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

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. Someone you trust can also come to pick them up from the facility. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

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 are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.

Packing For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.


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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. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

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