Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.
Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. 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. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.
Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. Every clinic has rules on additional items.
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. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. The staff will guide you on this matter. They can also provide you the information regarding the procedure for the admission along with providing you an explanation for their policies if you have any concerns.
What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry
The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.
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.).
Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
All prescribed medications in their original bottle.
All the medicines must be up to date and prescribed by a certified doctor.
It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
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.].
A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
Your personal journal.
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Photos of your family members and friends.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
TIP: Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.
The Attire You Should Have With You
Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. Include clothes for different weather conditions in your bag if you don't know how the climate is going to be.
Pack only that many clothes which can be easily accommodated in your room.
Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.
You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.
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.
Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
A couple of special dresses.
A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
A coat / jacket.
Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring
A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Do not bring aerosols.
These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
Feminine care products
Which Items Are Prohibited
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. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:
Alcohol as well as drugs
Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
Foods and drinks
Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
Medications that are not prescribed
Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them
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.
You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.
Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not
Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. You may wonder but some centres allow these items inside the facility:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
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.
Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
They shouldn't have been opened before.
Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
Items To Make Your Room Feel Like Home
You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
However, all these items should be allowed first.
Can I Have Prohibited Items Back Later On
In cases where you have brought a banned or prohibited item, just keep calm and cooperate. 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. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.
In case you live alone and are planning to check in by yourself. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.
Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. As a generally suggested idea, pack and travel light and keep it to bare essentials.
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Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. Look for top clinics that can suite your necessities with the support of our therapy experts.
We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .