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What To Take To Rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

Rehab treatment centres permit certain things and prohibit certain items; you should know the policy of your rehab treatment facility beforehand.


Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

You will be admitted to the clinic as you get to the rehab where the entrance process will start. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. 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.


Some are only allowing bare necessities into the facility. The policies on the kind of items you can carry will vary according to the centres.



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How To Get The Packing Information

The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. 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.


The Things That Are Necessities In Many Rehabs

It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.

For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:

  • The contact details of the people close to the patient.
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • 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.
  • You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
  • Ensure you are some cash with you in small denominations.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Identification cards and insurance cards where they are necessary.
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • Your diary.
  • Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
  • Photos of your family members and friends.
  • 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 Type Of Clothing Is Necessary

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.

Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.

Laundry spaces are accessible in a facility so you can plan your clothes packing based on that amenity. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:

  • 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.
  • Pants
  • Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Underwear.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A Jacket/Coat.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal 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:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gels
  • Comb
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. These are important to warrant a safe environment that is conducive to your wellness and recovery. These are the screened contrabands:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Opiates and other medicines
  • Sharp tools
  • Pornography
  • Foods and drinks
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • E cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Aerosols
  • Cleaning products (bleach, ammonia, etc.)
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them

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. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. 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 3 main meals, along with snacks and beverages. 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

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:

  • Cell phone and Laptop
  • The laptops and pcs are restricted in some places while allowed in others depending on the rehabs policies.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Multivitamins and OTC Drugs
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Gum
  • They have to be closed and sealed.
  • MP3 Player or CD Player
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Camera
  • Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
  • Shaving Equipments
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • You can bring disposable razors with you.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Some allow nail clippers, some don't.
  • Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • 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. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. 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 are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab If you have all the information from the rehab, this process becomes less hectic. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


Receive Help Now

There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.

Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 246 1509.