What to Bring to Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Drug and alcohol rehab facilities provide patients with many of life’s essentials. Nonetheless, you’ll need to fill a bag or suitcase with various belongings before you leave home. Be sure to select them carefully. Rehabilitation centers don’t allow things that could compromise the safety or efficacy of their treatment programs. Please remember to bring the following items:
1. Clothes, Footwear
You’ll need enough clothing for several days. Choose modest, comfortable outfits that don’t require dry cleaning. Pack a travel-size container of laundry detergent; you can find this product at a drug store. Clothes shouldn’t exhibit logos or symbols that promote intoxicating substances. Try to prepare for diverse activities and varying temperatures by bringing an assortment of apparel.
2. Money, Payment Card
Carry a small amount of cash. You may use it to purchase goods from the rehabilitation center’s shop or vending machines. It’s wise to keep larger amounts of money in the bank and leave your valuables at home. Checks, a credit card or a prepaid debit card could come in handy. You might have to pay for certain services and medicines.
3. Photo Identification
Drug and alcohol rehab centers need to confirm the identity of each patient. Don’t forget to bring an unexpired identification card that provides your birth date and a recent picture. It’s best if this credential was issued by the state or federal government. Carry your prescription drug and health insurance cards as well.
4. Books, Magazines
Rehabilitation programs supply a limited amount of time for reading. Some participants bring religious texts, such as the Bible or Torah. Others decide to pack an interesting magazine, novel or informational book. Try to choose an inspiring publication; depressing stories could undermine confidence in your ability to recover from addiction. Furthermore, please don’t carry any books that contain sexual or drug-related material.
5. Writing Supplies
Bring a notebook or pad of paper. You may benefit from writing about the rehabilitation process. Treatment programs don’t permit people to use email, so you might also need paper to write letters. If you plan to do so, pack some envelopes, an address book and postage stamps. This isn’t the fastest communication method, but it minimizes harmful distractions.
6. Phone Card, List
If you need to contact people who live outside of the local area, bring a long-distance or international calling card. Many drug and convenience stores sell this product. Carry a list of telephone numbers that you might not be able to recall. It ought to include the numbers needed to reach your relatives, close friends, employer, landlord, doctor and pharmacist.
7. Prescription Drugs
Pack any necessary medications that a physician has prescribed. Don’t remove the labels or take them out of the pharmacy-supplied containers. Fluid medications should remain sealed until a staff member inspects them. Rehab centers don’t allow samples. You can’t bring any recreational intoxicants; these programs require an immediate cessation of drug use.
8. Hygiene Supplies
Remember to pack the items that you need to care for your teeth, hair and skin. For example, you ought to carry a comb and toothbrush. You’ll need shampoo, toothpaste and shaving supplies as well. Please leave alcohol-based products and aerosol cans at home. Some stores sell permissible substitutes, such as natural mouthwash or shaving cream in a tube.
Drug and alcohol rehab centers supply most other necessities. You needn’t bring food, beverages, bedding or hand soap. When patients forget crucial items, friends or family members may transport these belongings to the facility after treatment begins. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about packing or other aspects of the rehabilitation process.