At drug rehab, the goal is to focus on your recovery as much as possible. Distractions are kept to a minimum in order to help you concentrate on the work of getting clean and sober. For this reason, the list of things you’ll need to bring to rehab is usually quite basic. While you’re staying at the facility, your needs are simplified so that you can put all of your energy into the healing process.
Know Your Rehab Center’s Policies
Before you check in, it’s important to understand the facility’s policies. Your safety, privacy and the effectiveness of your treatment are top priorities at rehab. When you’re admitted, your intake counselor will provide you with a list of belongings that you should bring.
You’ll also be provided with a list of items not to bring, including:
- Drugs and alcohol of any kind
- Clothing that promotes drug or alcohol use
- Sexually provocative clothing
- Cigarettes and cigarette lighters
- Guns, knives or other weapons
- Credit cards or large sums of cash
- Personal care products, such a mouthwash and cologne, that contain alcohol
- Cameras or tape recorders
Some facilities allow you to bring your personal communication equipment (laptop computers, cellphones) or devices for playing music. Some allow personal bedding, food and nutritional supplements. Other rehab centers are more restrictive. If you feel that your needs won’t be met within the facility’s guidelines, talk with your intake counselor before you check in.
Assessing Your Needs in Rehab
What do you really need to bring to rehab? It’s in your best interest to pack only the things that will support you in your recovery. Unnecessary items, while they may be permitted, won’t contribute to your healing. Here are a few of the items that are mandatory at many rehab centers:
- One or more forms of ID
- Your insurance information, if applicable
- Comfortable clothing
- Needed prescription medications
Optional items might include a watch or clock, alcohol-free personal care products, cosmetics, medications and small amounts of money to pay for beverages, snacks, notebooks or calling cards. Many people bring photos of loved ones to help encourage recovery. Most facilities have small shops on site where you can buy basic supplies or provide outings to local stores.
Staying organized is often challenging for people in recovery. As you’re going through the process of detoxification and rehab, you may find that your thoughts are fuzzy or that you feel distracted and restless. An alarm clock and a personal planner can be helpful tools in keeping you on track. Your facility will provide a daily schedule of meetings, counseling sessions and therapeutic activities.
Building a New Life
The most important thing about rehab isn’t what you bring but what you take home.
To maximize the effectiveness of your program, bring essential items that will contribute to your progress. Items that trigger memories of substance abuse should be left behind. As you move forward into a positive new life, think about discarding anything that makes you feel depressed or angry.
The admissions coordinators at Michael’s House are here to answer all of your questions about rehab. Before you’re admitted, we’ll give you detailed information about our policies. At our exclusive facilities, you’ll have the opportunity to create a life based on hope, not addiction.