What to Bring to Rehab
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Jan 2014
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Once you’ve enrolled in a rehab program, there are a number of items that you can and cannot bring with you when you are packing.

Clothing

You should always pack enough clothing for a variety of activities. You can generally bring as much clothing as you would like, but there are some restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring. You should pack accordingly. Casual clothing and exercise clothing tend to be necessary, as well as sleepwear. Having comfortable clothes is very important if you are going to be involved in a detox program.

Bedding/Linens

Most programs will be willing to provide you with bedding and linens. You won’t need to bring towels, sheets, pillows, etc. However, if you want to bring your own items, you are more than welcome to do so. It’s important to remember that if you bring these, they have to fit into your authorized amount of luggage.

Laundry

The presence of a laundry facility tends to vary depending on the program. Some programs do not have them at all and so you have to have a friend or relative bring you clean clothes after a period of time, while you exchange the used clothes with them. However, there are some programs that have their own laundry facilities that you can use.

Electronic Devices

You are allowed to bring your cell phone, but during the first 30 days of treatment, you will only have access to it on a limited basis. Listening devices that cannot connect wirelessly to send or receive data are generally safe to bring. However, you cannot bring items that amplify sound, such as docking systems or speakers.

Personal Items

You can bring all of the personal items that you would like with you. Your toiletries need to be alcohol free. Fragrances and colognes can be an exception to this, but they would usually be kept by the staff. You would be able to still have access to these items at your convenience if you need them, however.

What Not To Bring

There are generally a list of items that you should not bring at all, which are prohibited. These include drugs, alcohol, matches, aerosols, weapons, cameras, televisions, computers, DVD players, unauthorized medications, and butane lighters. Sometimes there are additional items which are not approved. If you have a question about items that you would like to bring that aren’t present on either of the lists above, then you should contact the staff at your program for further information.

Special Needs

Depending on your circumstances or your health, there may be situations where you have special needs for items that you can bring while you are in the program. It’s always a good idea to get in contact with the program and your doctor to ensure that they will be able to meet your needs regarding these concerns. If not, they may be able to direct you to a program that would be able to address your needs the best.

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