Every therapy clinic permits certain things while forbids others and this is very important to know this once getting ready for treatment.
Some items are prohibited in the rehab centres. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.
The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. The staff will carefully check your belonging to ensure you are not carrying any banned substance or item with you. 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.
However, all treatment centres allow you to bring in the necessities that are required. 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. 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. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.
Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You
The list varies from centre to centre.
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.).
Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
Other items can just be left at home.
Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
It is important to get in touch with the rehab clinic before as some of them provide these objects.
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.
It is also important to provide a list of all your medications and prescribed quantities.
Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
A notebook or a journal.
Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
Photos of your family members and friends.
Books and magazines will probably be given by your clinic.
Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around than hardcovers.
What Type Of Clothing Is Necessary
You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.
You have to bear in mind that the sizes of the rooms in the facility may not be as big as your room at home.
Patients enjoy access to common laundry machines and therefore clothing that will last you for 7-10 days will be more than enough. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.
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: They should not be too small; check your centre's dress code.
One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
Bathing suit: Choose one-piece suits for woman and trunks for men.
A coat / jacket.
A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
Beauty And Hygiene Products To Pack
Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. While other centres may allow you to bring products with alcohol component as long as it is not listed as one of the top three ingredients. Do not bring aerosols.
The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair wash and care products
Feminine hygiene products
Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation
Certain items are not allowed inside the premises of rehab centres. 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 alcohol
Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
Food and drink
Toiletries and beauty products which contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)
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. 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 get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. You should inform your facility beforehand in case you are on a special diet.
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. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought with you.
There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
Vitamins and Over-The-Counter Medications
OTC medications should be brand new.
They have to be closed and sealed.
MP3 and CD Players
You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
However, all these items should be allowed first.
Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic
Your property will always be safe. 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. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.
If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. You need to be aware of all the rules and restriction in the facility before you come to check in. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. In case the centre doesn't store them, request them to send the items to your home address.
Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. They always have documents that give details of this information. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.
Reach Out For Help Today
You can guarantee yourself a more cosy life while in rehab thanks to the numerous clinics that let you do so. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.
Contact us now on 0800 772 3971 so we can match a centre to your needs.