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Things To Bring To Rehabilitation

Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility

Every therapy clinic permits certain things while forbids others and this is very important to know this once getting ready for treatment.


What you can carry to rehabilitation is subject to clinics' severe regulations. A recommended packing list is provided by most centres, which also provide you with a list of items that are prohibited.

The admittance procedure usually starts as soon as you get to the rehab. Your clinic's welcome staff will check your bags to guarantee safety and that nothing forbidden is sneaked through. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.


You can carry the necessities with yourself. However, each rehab has its own conditions on what they allow and what is not allowed.



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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. In case this page is missing, you must check the FAQ page which too can contain packing information. The patients are also given hard copies with all the items listed. Alternatively, you can get in touch directly with the rehab administrators. You will have all of your queries and doubts clarified. At the same time, they can walk you through and guide you on what to expect prior, during and after admission.


Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You

The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.

For the better part, you are recommended to carry the following:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • Person ornaments that are used by the person.
  • You should not bring costly jewellery items with you.
  • An alarm clock without a radio.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • You can also carry any prescription medications which you are presently using provided that they are in their original pharmacy bottle, and the original information from the label is intact.
  • Any medicine in liquid form must be new and sealed.
  • A complete list of your maintenance drugs and other needed medications.
  • Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
  • Credit cards that will be used to cater for the expenses inside the rehab.
  • Bring along your insurance card as well as documents needed for personal identity verification.
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A notebook or newspaper.
  • Stamps and envelopes if you need to mail post.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • You will be provided with reading materials by the rehab centres chosen by you.
  • Reading material you want to bring have to be about retrieval, self- help or spiritually focused.
  • TIP: It is recommended that you carry just paperback books because they are easy to carry around 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.

Bear in mind that the space within your room could be limited, and therefore, you are advised not to over pack.

Attire for a week is sufficient as you should be able to wash your clothing in a laundry machine at your centre. Clothes that are easily cleaned are the best to carry.


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

  • Shoes: Regular everyday shoes, sports shoes, and shower shoes.
  • 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.
  • Carry a few clothes that will be used for important events.
  • Socks.
  • Undergarments.
  • Bathing suits: a one-piece for women and trunks for men is usually enough.
  • Nightwear.
  • A coat / jacket.
  • Bathing robe.
  • A belt, if needed.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Products Recommended For Personal Toiletries And Beauty

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

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

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair gels
  • Comb / brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup

Things You Cannot Bring To The Rehabilitation Centre

Almost all treatment centres have a list of forbidden items and they enforce a set of rules. These items don't guarantee the proper surroundings for your retrieval and aren't safe 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
  • Weapons
  • Unsuitable videos
  • Food or drinks
  • Everyday stuff containing alcohol
  • E cigarettes
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Volatile substances like nail polish or polish remover and the likes
  • Video games and DVDs
  • Sporting equipment
  • Clothing that is not descent
  • Body sprays with strong cents
  • Cleaning products (bleach, ammonia, etc.)
  • Any forms of electronic equipment.
  • Gaming materials
  • Incense or candles
  • Clothes with crude statements or photos of drug, violence, or alcohol on them

One may not imagine that some of these items could be banned. Retrieval will be better off without such distractions. The centre houses most such items and you will enjoy access to them as per the guidelines of your centre.

Most centres don't encourage consumption of too much caffeine and sugar, and that's why outside food and drinks are prohibited. Three healthy meals, beverages, and snacks are provided by the centre. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Items Allowed In Some Rehabs But Not In Others

There are clinics that may permit items that are forbidden in others as every centre has its regulations. These are some of the items that may be allowed or not allowed in the facilities:

  • Cell Phone and Laptop
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • You must ensure that you do not forget your power cords.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • A limit to cartons available at these centres is usually established.
  • Vitamins and OTC Medications
  • All the medicine should either be prescribed or new.
  • Chewing gums
  • Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
  • Music Players
  • Any electronic devices with no internet connectivity features are also allowed.
  • Camera
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • Razors are considered as dangerous and some centres are known to prohibit them completely.
  • Disposable razors are allowed in most cases.
  • Nail Clippers
  • They are prohibited at certain clinics.
  • Additional Items
  • You could be allowed to bring in your own bedding, pillows and some other stuff to make your room more comfortable.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

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

Your property will always be safe. In all likelihood, the centre will handover the item to the individual who accompanied you. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. It is possible that the centre might store the item till your release day.

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. Any prohibited items that they have confiscated are expected to be returned. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.

Packing For Rehab Read and stick to the policies of your centre; in case of a doubt, call them up. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. The best thing is to make sure that you have essential stuff with you.


Get Assistance Today

A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.

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