What Should You Bring to Drug Rehab?
Most treatment facilities have very strict rules on what personal items can brought into rehab. Because it’s very important to maintain strict policies for successful recovery, most drug treatment centers will automatically issue you a recommended packing checklist and a list of prohibited items ahead of time. It’s important that you read and pack appropriately according to the list and rules provided as personal items will be checked on arrival.
Here is a list of what most rehabs will recommend bringing. Remember that addiction facilities can vary from place to place, but for the most part, the items listed below are standard:
- A list of all of the people to remain in contact with throughout treatment. This should consist of names, addresses and phone numbers of loved ones, healthcare professionals, sponsors, etc.
- Important jewelry that you consider to be a necessity, such as a wedding ring or watch. All other valuable items should be left at home.
- An alarm clock that does not have a radio function. Depending on the rehab center, this may be provided; be sure to check with the facility before buying one.
- All current prescription medication, which must be in the original pharmacy bottle with the information label intact. All liquid medications must be unopened and sealed. It is also recommended that you bring a list of all medications and respective dosages.
- A small amount of cash ($50 to $100) in small bills for store runs, vending machines, etc.
- A non-cash method of paying for treatment medications, such as a checkbook or debit card.
- Insurance cards and a photo I.D. such as a passport or driver’s license.
- A prepaid calling card for long-distance phone calls if necessary.
- A notebook or journal.
- Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if necessary.
- Pictures of loved ones.
- Most rehabs provide reading materials, but personal books may be allowed; they usually need to be on recovery, self-help or spirituality.