Things To Bring To Rehabilitation during-rehab

What Can I Have With Me In Therapy

After deciding to enrol for a rehab it is essential to understand the kind of items you will be allowed to bring into the centres along with any private items which the treatment centres will not allow.


Treatment centres are enforcing stringent rules when it comes to contrabands and prohibited objects inside the facility. A list of allowed objects and forbidden ones is presented by most clinics.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. Many inpatient facilities record the stuff you bring in their database in order to ensure none of your stuff is left behind when you check out.


Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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How To Know What To Pack

Have a look at the "What to Bring" section of your clinic's website you don't know what is allowed and prohibited or queries about packing. Search for the FAQ page if that section is not present. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They will let you know of all the items. They can also provide you the information regarding the procedure for the admission along with providing you an explanation for their policies if you have any concerns.


Recommended Items List For Rehabilitation

The list varies from centre to centre.

Please find below the endorsed items

  • A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • You may even get some of the items already in the rehab and so you may not require to come with yours.
  • All prescribed medications in their original bottle.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
  • A bit of cash (from £50 to £100 in small bills for store runs, vending machine, etc.)
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Identification information.
  • If you want to make long distance calls, bring a calling card with you.
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • Envelopes and stamps.
  • Pictures of relatives and friends that you can have in your room or wallet.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • TIP Should you bring books, we recommend you to bring paperbacks as they are more handy than hardbacks.

What Attire Is Needed

Some centres have prescribed dress codes or limitations that you have to consider. 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.

There will be provisions for you to clean clothes in the facility. It is best to take along only those clothes that can be cleaned easily.


You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.

  • Shoes Bring the shoes that you feel comfortable in .
  • Shirts Make sure you bring cardigans that should be worn with tank tops in order to respect the dress code.
  • Pants
  • Shorts Lengths may be determined by the centre to comply with a dress code.
  • One or two smart dresses for special occasions.
  • Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • A bathing suit a one piece for women and trunks for men.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • A hat it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Beauty Products To Take

Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.

You should hygiene and cosmetic products that should last a month

  • Deodorant
  • A toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling spray
  • Comb/brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Which Items Are Prohibited

All rehabs have strict rules and do not allow certain prohibited items within the centres. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Sharp objects and weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal hygiene and beauty products that have alcohol (mouthwash, colognes, etc.)
  • E-cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sport equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Any forms of electronic equipment.
  • Gaming materials
  • Candles and incense
  • Drug related clothing

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. At times, your centre will provide these items

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will get all the meals that you need on a daily basis. Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.


Items Which Some Facilities Allow And Some Do Not

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. A lot of things are off limits in nearly all centres, but these items might be allowed in some

  • Smartphones and Laptops
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • Don't leave your charger behind.
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • OTC medications should be brand new.
  • Chewing gum
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music and CD Player
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Camera
  • Shutterbugs can rest assured that some centres will allow cameras that are not Internet capable.
  • Disposable Razor or Electric Razor
  • Because there is risk of injury, many centres don't allow them.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
  • Things That Remind You Of Home
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • Before packing any of these items you should double check with the chosen rehab centres, whether they allow such items.

Will I Retrieve Forbidden Items That I Accidently Take To The Clinic

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The person who brought you to the centres will be requested to carry the prohibited item's back home by the rehab centres. Many others will hold the items for 24 hours until someone comes over to pick them up. You may also choose to pick the after the session ends.

You are likely to travel alone if you are commuting by air and so there won't be anyone to take the prohibited items home. You are therefore recommended to call your rehab centres before you leave home to double check their policies. You would obviously want any prohibited items that you've brought along by mistake to be returned to you when you leave. If the centres do not store the items, you can ask them to ship them back for you.

Make Packing For Rehab Simple You are just required to follow the policies of the centres and ask plenty of questions if you are unsure about any items. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


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Every reputable centre gives permission to its patients to bring with them things which will help them to stay comfortably inside the facility. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.

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