packing for rehabPacking for painkiller rehab may be a painstaking process for some and hardly given a thought by others. The fact is that the time you take to pack correctly can be an investment that will pay off throughout your painkiller addiction treatment program. If you don’t have what you need while you’re in recovery, you’ll be uncomfortable and unhappy -and few programs provide the time or opportunity to shop for needed items, especially during the first couple of weeks of treatment. If you count on having a certain item with you only to have it taken away because it is considered a “contraband item,” you may be sorely disappointed and have a hard time focusing on treatment.

The best way to prepare for painkiller rehab is to pack according to the instructions provided by your painkiller rehab and bring a few, small personal items that will bring you comfort while you’re away from home. Contact us at Michael’s House today to learn more about out painkiller addiction treatment program and to get the details about what you should bring with you to get the most out of our Southern California rehab location.

Approved/ Recommended Prohibited
  • Everyday clothes
  • Appropriate swimwear (Women: one-piece swimsuit, must cover midsection. Men: no Speedos)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and/or sunhats
  • Approved prescription drugs; prescribed medications must be in appropriately labeled bottles (your name, medication name, dosage, frequency). There is no need to prefill your prescriptions. Over-the-counter medications must be approved by a physician and will be dispensed and maintained by appropriate staff.
  • iPods (without cameras or Internet capability) may be used according to the guidelines of the level that you are on.

  • Spending money – money is locked in the office safe and amounts allocated according to treatment team approval.
  • Alarm clock

Essential Items

  • A $350 non-refundable prescription fee is required for medication upon intake. All major credit cards are accepted. Cash and/or check also accepted. (This amount can be paid up-front prior to admission through the admissions center.)
  • Picture identification card
  • Insurance card (if applicable)
  • Name of insurance subscriber, subscriber contact information, subscriber SSN# and subscriber date of birth (if applicable)
  • Pharmacy benefit card/Rx card (if applicable)
  • “Short” shorts or skirts; tops that expose the midriff in any way; tops with straps; revealing clothing; clothing with alcohol, derogatory, sexual or drug logos; clothing that promotes gang themes.
  • Any narcotics, sedatives, muscle relaxants, etc.
  • Weapons/pocket knives
  • Aerosol cans
  • Perfumes or toiletries containing alcohol (i.e. nail polish remover, mouthwash, hand sanitizers, etc.)
  • Vitamins, health food supplements, or body-building/dietary supplements (i.e. Creatine, etc.)
  • Your (or someone else’s) car
  • Pagers, computers, boom boxes, DVDs, PDAs, Walkmans, video games, cameras, TVs.
  • Any food or beverages
The Michael’s House treatment team reserves the right to prohibit, on an individual basis, items that have a strong potential of interfering with recovery. All personal items will be subject to search by agency staff at admission, randomly and following passes from therapeutic off-campus outings.

If you have questions about admissions, please call our admissions center. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-877-345-8494.