Every therapy clinic permits certain things while forbids others and this is very important to know this once getting ready for treatment.
Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.
You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. The staff will carefully check your belonging to ensure you are not carrying any banned substance or item with you. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.
Most rehab centres have their own website featuring a "What to Pack" webpage, where you will find information regarding what is allowed. You can also get this info on their website. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. They will be able to provide you all the answers to any questions you may have about what you can bring. 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 list varies from centre to centre.
For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:
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.].
Person ornaments that are used by the person.
Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
An alarm clock.
You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
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.
Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
All the contact information that may be used in case of anything.
A notebook or newspaper.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
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: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.
What Clothing You Can Carry
Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of 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.
Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.
You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
Shorts: Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
A bathing suit; At least one.
A coat / jacket.
A hat: Some centres do not allow wearing hats inside the premises.
Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty
A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. No aerosols are allowed.
Personal hygiene and beauty products that last for a month have to be carried along and they are:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Hair styling spray
Feminine wash or hygiene products
Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre
Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:
Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence
While you might not expect certain things to be banned, like electronic products and sport equipment, but many centres do not allow them. The recovery procedure usually requires maximum concentration and that is why some items are not allowed. At times, your centre will provide these items
You will also find that food from outside and drinks are banned because the centres maintain a moderate sugar and caffeine environment. 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 Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others
There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
For patients who are photography enthusiasts, the are allowed with the privilege to bring their cameras with them.
Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
They are prohibited at certain clinics.
Objects That Make You Feel At Home
You may have permission to bring your own bedding, pillows, and objects that help you feel relaxed.
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
Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The personnel will just endorse it to your accompanying friend or loved one. In case you got no one with you at the time of admission, they will hold the item for 24 hours until your representative can claim it. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.
This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.
Packing For Rehab If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. Look for a packing checklist on the website of the rehab will make the process of packing even easier. Pack only what you need as an advice.
Act Now For Help
Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.
We can connect you with one if you get in touch with us on 0800 772 3971 .