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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

What Am I Allowed To Bring To Rehab

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.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.

The admission process begins as soon as you check in. All the items that are not allowed will be eliminated at this step. A checklist is provided by some clinics to make sure no items are forgot once treatment is over.


Only the things that you really require are allowed in the centres. Every clinic has rules on additional items.



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How To Get The Packing Information

If you are not sure about bringing an item or have any questions about what you should be packing you should be having a look on the website of the rehab for a "what to bring" page. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. Many centres give their future patients a packing checklist which you can refer to. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. They should be able to help you with that concern. 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.


What Most Rehab Centres Recommend You To Carry

Set of regulations are severer than others depending on each clinic.

Please find below the endorsed items:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • You are also allowed to carry the jewellery which is used regularly and is considered as a necessity like your wedding rings or a watch.
  • Other items can just be left at home.
  • An alarm clock.
  • In other facilities, all necessities are provided and you are required to bring only yourself.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • It is recommended to carry the names of every medication you are taking and its dose with you.
  • Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
  • Bring along your credit cards or check book for settling the payment for new medications.
  • Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
  • A phone card (when your clinic needs them for international phone calls).
  • A notebook or a journal.
  • Envelopes or stamps in instances where you need to write and mail letters to friends and family.
  • 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.
  • If you wish to carry reading materials for yourselves, you must understand that the subjects must only be on the recovery, self-help and spiritually oriented.
  • ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.

What Clothing You Can Carry

Most centres for rehab adhere to a strict dress code, and therefore, it is essential for you to be aware about any restrictions, which may apply during the packing. In case you are not aware about how the weather will be like, carry some summer as well as winter clothes with you.

Pack only that many clothes which can be easily accommodated in your room.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Bring everyday clothes that require no special washing process.


Some of the best type of clothing to bring along with you are:

  • 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: They have to be long enough to comply with the clinic's dress code.
  • A couple of special dresses.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suit: One is more than enough.
  • Pyjamas.
  • A jacket.
  • A bath robe.
  • Belt.
  • A hat: it is possible that the centres may not allow hats indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

Majority of rehabs allow only alcohol-free hygiene and cosmetic products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Aerosols are not allowed

These toiletries and personal products should be enough you to last thirty days especially:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products (pump hair spray only)
  • Comb/brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Items Prohibited In Rehabilitation

There are some items that are never allowed inside the centres. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Prohibited items vary by the centres but the following items are almost always banned:

  • Liquor and any form of drug
  • Opiates and other medicines
  • Weapons [guns, knives, sharp objects, scissors, etc.].
  • Materials with sexual content
  • Food and drinks
  • Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • OTC medicines that are not allowed and have been opened before
  • Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
  • Computer games
  • Sporting equipment
  • Revealing attire (tank tops, sleeveless shirts, midriff bearing tops, etc.)
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronics [televisions, gaming consoles, etc.]
  • Games and playing cards
  • Incense or candles
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. They will provide screening schedules or any equivalent at their specified time.

Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. Inform your clinic before admission if you have special needs.


These Items Are Allowed By Some But Prohibited By Others

Every rehab centre has its own policies and some may prohibit an item which is allowed at the other. You may wonder but some centres allow these items inside the facility:

  • Computer Equipment
  • You will be able to use these items at certain times if they are permitted by your clinic.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • Cigarettes are permitted at certain centres if you are a smoker.
  • These centres usually have some restrictions regarding the number of cartons you can bring in.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • These products must be new and unopened.
  • Gum
  • It must be unopened and sealed.
  • Music Players
  • You might be permitted to bring along entertainment devices that can work without speakers and internet.
  • Cameras
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Disposable or Electric Shavers or Razors
  • This depends on the rehab facility since it is considered dangerous.
  • Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
  • Nail Cutters
  • It depends with the requirement in the facility.
  • Additional Items
  • Many centres allow patients to bring their own mattresses and pillows and other stuff to give their room a more homely appearance.
  • Just double check with your rehab centre if these are indeed allowed before stuffing them into your luggage.

Can I Get Prohibited Items Back That I Accidentally Took

It is possible that by mistake you pack something that is not allowed, but you should not worry in case this happens. The person who brought you to the centres will be requested to carry the prohibited item's back home by the rehab centres. In case you got no one with you at the time of admission, they will hold the item for 24 hours until your representative can claim it. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

There are higher probabilities that you will go to a clinic alone if you reached the centre by plane. We highly recommend that you consult and clarify with the rehab centre first about their policies and other things of concern. You will wish to have back your forbidden objects packed by error. Make sure your objects are sent back to your house if they are not kept by the clinic.

Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. Ask for a checklist whenever available so you can use as a guide. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.


Find Support Now

A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Talk to our experts who can assist you in your goal of locating a suitable treatment centre.

Call us now on 0800 246 1509 for help in finding a centre.