Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.
Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. Majority of them has a prescribed essential list and exceptions to bring with you during your stay at the centre.
Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. 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. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.
Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. However, each rehab has its own conditions on what they allow and what is not allowed.
The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. 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. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. The staff will guide you on this matter. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.
Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You
It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.
Please find below the endorsed items:
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.
Other items can just be left at home.
Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
It is recommended that all liquid medications be newly purchased and sealed.
A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
Your payment card in the form of debit/debit card or your check book.
Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
A notebook or newspaper.
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.
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.
What Clothing You Can Carry
You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of weather.
This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.
Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.
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: For slightly revealing articles, you may bring cardigans or pullovers to cover it to avoid dress code policy issues.
Shorts: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring
A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. 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:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
Feminine wash or hygiene products
Items That Are Prohibited In Rehab
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. Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:
Liquor and any form of drug
Narcotics and prohibited prescriptions
Sharp objects and weapons
Food and drink
Everyday stuff containing alcohol
Medications that are not prescribed
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence
One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. At times, your centre will provide these items
No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. All your diet needs will be fully taken care of by the rehab chefs.
These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others
There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. You may wonder but some centres allow these items inside the facility:
In case you have this permission in your rehab, chances are your access to it is limited.
You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
Some centres consider your personal smoking liberty hence they allow you to bring your cigarettes.
A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
They have to be new not previously opened.
These must also be new.
MP3 Player or CD Player
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.
Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.
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. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.
Packing For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Follow the general rule and try to pack light to keep it down to the necessities.
Receive Help Now
A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.
Call us now on 0800 772 3971 for help in finding a centre.