There are certain items that are not allowed in a rehab facility and so when checking in, you need to be sure which ones are allowed.
Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. Majority of them has a prescribed essential list and exceptions to bring with you during your stay at the centre.
You will be required to check in after you arrive at the rehab and begin the process for the admission. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. This policy though may differ from one treatment centre to another.
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. 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. They should be able to help you with that concern. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.
The Things That Are Necessities In Many Rehabs
Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.
These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:
A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
Other jewellery with no sentimental value should be left at home.
Alarm clock with no other features like radio or what not.
In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
Medication in liquid form should be sealed and in the freshest condition.
All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
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.
Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
A journal or diary.
Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
Some picture of close relatives and friends.
You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
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.
The Attire You Should Have With You
Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. 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.
Laundry spaces are accessible in a facility so you can plan your clothes packing based on that amenity. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.
Ensure that you bring following clothes and items that will make your week comfortable:
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: For slightly revealing articles, you may bring cardigans or pullovers to cover it to avoid dress code policy issues.
Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
A bathing suit: a one piece for women and trunks for men.
A bath robe.
A belt, if needed.
A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
All personal hygiene and beauty items have to be 100% alcohol-free in most rehabilitation centres. 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. Aerosols are not allowed
The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Feminine wash or hygiene products
Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation
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 The names of items in the prohibited items list vary from facility to facility; however nearly every centre prohibits these:
Alcohol as well as drugs
Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
Food and drink
Everyday stuff containing alcohol
Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
Clothing that is not descent
Cleaning products (bleach, ammonia, etc.)
Candles and incense
Drug related clothing
The items mentioned in this list could very well surprise you and lead you to believe that games like playing cards, video games, DVDs and sporting equipment are indeed safe. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.
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 will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.
Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others
Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:
Smartphones and Laptops
Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
The charges should be available in case you are allowed to have one.
Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
These products must be new and unopened.
Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
You should not be able to access the internet with these device else it will taken from you.
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.
They are prohibited at certain clinics.
Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
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
If you arrive at the centres with some prohibited items without realisation you do not have to remain concerned. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. In case you came alone, the centre might hold the item for a certain period of time, during which someone from your family can collect it. 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. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.
Packing For Rehab Can Be Easy You are just required to follow the policies of the centres and ask plenty of questions if you are unsure about any items. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.
Receive Help Now
No need to worry since some of the facilities accept most of the items that will make your recovery process as smooth as possible. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.
Call us now on 0800 772 3971 for help in finding a centre.