Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility
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.
What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.
Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. 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.
Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. 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. 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. Calling the rehab centre is an option in case you can't find packing information anywhere on the site. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. You can also receive clarification on other policies or guidance about the admission process.
What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry
The things allowed in one rehab may not be allowed in others.
Below are some items that are most recommended:
The contact details of the people close to the patient.
Jewels like your wedding ring or a watch that you wear every day and deem as necessary.
On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
A clock with an alarm but not one with radio.
You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
The original bottle from the drugstore with the information label integral and your actual prescription medicine.
Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
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 calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
A journal or diary.
Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
Pictures of your loved ones to be retained within your room or your wallet.
Reading materials like books however, some centres provide them to you.
You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
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. If you are not sure about how to pack for the weather, you should be looking forward to packing layering options like T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans and jackets.
Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.
You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Try not to bring clothes which require special washing like dry cleaning for example.
You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.
Shoes: An everyday comfortable shoes, a training or sports shoes for fitness activities, and flip flops for showering
Shirts: If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
Shorts: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
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. Some may allow you to bring products, which do not have alcohol within the first three ingredients that are listed. Aerosols are not allowed.
These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
Comb / brush
Products used mostly by females
Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation
Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. The measures taken to ensure your safety and to create the best environment for your recovery. Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:
Alcohol as well as drugs
Prohibited prescriptions and other narcotics
Sharp objects and weapons
Foods and drinks
Everyday stuff containing alcohol
Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
Medications that are not prescribed
Video games and DVDs
Sexy or revealing clothing
Ammonia, bleach, and other stuff used in cleaning
Any forms of electronic equipment.
Incense and candles
Clothing with vulgarity or reference to drugs, booze or violence
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. However, some of the rehabs could facilitate you to get these equipments on some days.
Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.
These Items Are Permitted By Some Clinics But Not Others
Each rehab has its own rules which may be different to that of another rehab. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some:
Your Laptop and Smartphone
However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
They have to be closed and sealed.
MP3 and CD Players
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 Razor or Electric Razor
This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
The rehab you check in might allow some type of shaving equipment.
They are prohibited at certain clinics.
Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.
What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me
It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. 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. Other centres will just keep them for your and return the same once you have cleared the program and leave the centre.
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. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.
Make Packing For Rehab Simple To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed 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.
Act Now For Help
There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Our treatment specialists can provide you the assistance needed to find a centre best suited to your requirements.
Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 772 3971.