What should I bring to rehab?
Packing for rehab can be a daunting task. You may not know how long you will be gone, how many clothes to bring, what items are allowed, or, if you are going out of town, what the weather will be like. Often, as soon as you decide you want to go to rehab, the rehab center will get you in as soon as possible. If you wait too long, you could change your mind, and all rehabs have had cases of people dying from overdose while waiting to get in.
Here are some basic guidelines to what you should bring to rehab:
What should I bring to rehab? Clothes
The rehab center will tell you exactly what to bring, but generally you should bring enough clothing for two weeks (most drug rehab centers will have laundry facilities or a laundry service.) Leave the revealing clothing at home, though. A drug rehab center generally has rules about dressing in skimpy or tight clothes. Take a bathing suit though, especially if you are going south! If you are traveling to a drug rehab in the south in the fall or winter (October through March), remember that even though you’re in the south, there could be some cooler days or evenings. Bring a sweater or jacket and at least one pair of long pants. I’ve seen so many northerners forget to do this when getting ready to be admitted into a rehab in the south!
Most places offer some kind of access to gym equipment or exercise classes, so bring sneakers and workout clothes. Also, assume that you may gain a little weight in treatment, and bring a few items you will be able to fit into even if you put on a few pounds.
What should I bring to rehab? Toiletries
Bring any toiletries that you will need on a daily basis, including shampoo, conditioner, makeup, lotion, etc. Keep in mind however, if the products contain alcohol, they may not let you keep it. Check all products for alcohol content before you bring them to rehab.
What should I bring to rehab: Sheets and Pillows
Some people are more comfortable with their own sheets and pillows. Ask the drug rehab if you can bring your own bedding to sleep on. Most places will let you.
What should I bring to rehab? Money and ID
Make sure you bring your wallet with ID and insurance information. Any credit cards are usually held by the drug rehab center, but they will allow you to use them for certain expenses while in treatment. Same goes for cash.
What should I bring to rehab? What not to bring
Things you should leave behind when being admitted into a drug rehab center include:
- Drugs, alcohol, or drug paraphernalia
- Alcohol containing products such as perfume, mouthwash, or hairspray
Ask the drug rehab center for a complete list of prohibited items. Fair warning: Your belongings will be searched thoroughly when you are admitted.