If you’re taking your first steps toward addiction treatment, an inpatient or residential treatment program may be just around the corner. When individuals are researching rehabs, one of the most common questions involves what you can and can’t bring to treatment. After all, you may spend a week in detox and over a month in a residential program. So most people want to bring as many of the comforts of home as possible.
In most cases, the facility will be able to provide everything you need to feel comfortable. However, rehab centers may have very strict policies about prohibited items, as they’re responsible for the safety of all the residents.
So knowing what to bring can help you prepare for your stay and ease some of the anxiety that may accompany this step toward recovery. When you speak with an admissions counselor, they’ll let you know about all prohibited items, but some individuals forget or ignore this information.
When you first enter treatment, you’ll go through an admissions process, and your admissions team will check the items you have with you. They’ll remove any prohibited items and return them to you when you leave.
If an items would jeopardize your safety or the safety of others, you should leave it at home.. Since you’ll be sharing spaces, it’s important to be aware of the patients around you.
Here are some specifics about prohibited items:
You may need certain items on the way to treatment, but you won’t need them after you get there. For instance, it’s important for you to have your phone, so you can communicate with the people that will be helping you travel to the treatment center. You may also need cash or credit cards to buy food along the way.
However, once you get to the facility, you won’t be allowed to have any device that can connect to the internet. When you’re going through tough cravings, you may be compelled to call or text your former dealer or “running buddy.” For the same reasons, you won’t may be able to carry credit cards or large amounts of cash.
You’ll want to be comfortable throughout your stay, especially during detox. The majority of people are most comfortable wearing their own clothes. If you don’t bring enough clothing with you, you may have the opportunity to buy more or have someone bring or ship them to you. Also, nonprofit organizations could provide you with clothing to help you fill out your wardrobe.
Throughout your stay, you’ll have opportunities to do laundry. But if you have high-level medical or psychological needs, it may be done for you.
Here’s a list of clothing you’ll want to bring to the facility:
There will be plenty to do at most treatment centers, but many clinicians recommend bringing some sort of entertainment, such as an mp3 player and books. When you have downtime, your own music or reading materials can help you relax.
However, it’s important to remember that all electronic entertainment can’t be able to connect to the internet. But many cheap mp3 players can store songs without connecting to the internet. Similarly, there are video game devices and book readers that can’t connect.
Is your loved one struggling with substance abuse or addiction? Are you? If so, it’s important for you to treat it with the seriousness it requires and get help before it’s too late.
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