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. 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. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. It is a habit with some centres to prepare a catalogue of the items which you bring in order to ensure that you do not leave anything behind when you leave.
You can carry the necessities with yourself. However, each rehab has its own conditions on what they allow and what is not allowed.
If you are not sure about bringing an item or have any questions about what you should be packing you should be having a look on the website of the rehab for a "what to bring" page. You can check the FAQs if such packing information does not have a dedicated webpage. Although not all centres offer a checklist, some provide the patient in order to prepare them prior to admission. If you are still unable to find the information required you are advised to contact the admissions office of the rehab. They should be able to help you with that concern. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.
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.
Majority of centres advise patients to bring these:
The contact details of the people close to the patient.
Your wedding ring or watch or other everyday jewellery items.
Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables 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.
Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
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 check book, credit or debit card for therapy medication expenses.
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].
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
In case you insist on bringing your own reading material, they are to be recovery related, self-help and spiritual materials.
Small notebook are the best since they are not heavy.
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.
You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.
Keep the weather in mind and bring a seven day weather-appropriate set of clothes like.
Shoes: Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
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.
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.
Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
A bath robe.
A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. Some allow alcohol-containing products only when alcohol doesn't feature in the first three ingredients. Aerosols are not allowed.
You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
Products used mostly by females
Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation
A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:
Drugs and booze
Medicines that are not prescribed
Materials with sexual content
Body sprays with alcohol content
Unsealed over-the-counter medicines
Nail polish, polish remover and synthetic nail related products
Video games and DVDs
Clothing that is not descent
Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
Games and playing cards
Candles and incense
Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence
One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. 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. 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. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.
These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others
Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
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 Legal Medicines
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
They have to be closed and sealed.
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
You can bring disposable razors with you.
It depends with the requirement in the facility.
Objects That Make You Feel At Home
You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.
Will My Property Be Handed Over If It Was Confiscated Upon Admission
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. In some cases, the centres may decide to store the items for you until your departure.
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. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.
Packing For Rehab You are just required to follow the policies of the centres and ask plenty of questions if you are unsure about any items. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.
Get Assistance Today
You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.
We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .