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What Do I Need To Bring To Rehab

Allowable Things To Bring Inside The Treatment Facility

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. Majority of facilities give you a list of permitted and prohibited items.

Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. Part of the procedure is the inspection of your personal effects to make sure that there are no contrabands and other prohibited objects are smuggled in. While other centres provide you with the checklist of what you can bring.


Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.



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How To Know What To Pack

The rehab will always notify you of all the items that are not allowed in their facility. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. Although not all centres offer a checklist, some provide the patient in order to prepare them prior to admission. Contact your clinic's admission office if you don't find the material you need. 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.


Items Most Recommended By Rehab Centres To Bring With You

It is a given that rules vary from one centre to another, others are still while others are a bit lenient.

These are some of the things that you will find allowed in most rehabs:

  • Details of people who form your support group (family and close friends, doctors, 12-step sponsors, and others).
  • Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
  • On the contrary, keep your valued objects at your dwelling.
  • An alarm clock.
  • You will be provided these items in some facilities, so confirm about this before purchasing one.
  • Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
  • If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
  • All this information should be provided before the patient is admitted.
  • 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.
  • Your insurance cards along with a method of identification [driver's license, passport, etc.].
  • A calling card [if the facility chosen by you needs them for long-distance phone calls].
  • A notebook or newspaper.
  • Stamps and envelopes for mailing letters if you wish to.
  • Photographs of friends or loved ones you hold dear.
  • There are some items that you will get inside the rehab.
  • Most of the items that are allowed should play some part in the recovery process.
  • Tip: It is better if you bring paperbacks than hardcovers because they are lighter.

What Clothes For The Centre

You need to be aware of what clothes are permitted in the rehab you are going to. In case where you are not sure, consider to bring articles that you can use in layering in case of cold weather.

This however does not mean that you should carry your whole closet.

You should carry enough clothing for a week because you will have access to a laundry machine within the centres. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.


You should carry along about seven days of comfortable and with appropriate clothing, including the following:

  • Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
  • Shirts: If you have tank tops you should also be looking forward to packing some cardigans to wear along with them to comply with the dress code of the centres.
  • Pants: Comfortable pants fit for any occasion
  • Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres 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.
  • Pyjamas.
  • Coat/jackets.
  • A bath robe.
  • A belt.
  • Caps or hats, although they may not be allowed indoors.
  • Slippers.

Hygiene And Cosmetic Products You Should Bring

A number of centres require alcohol-free toiletries and personal products. However, these requirements varies from one centre to another. Do not bring aerosols.

The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hair styling products [pump hairspray only]
  • Comb/brush
  • Products used mostly by females
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion
  • Sun cream
  • 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 Most of the following item are not allowed in many rehabs:

  • Alcohol as well as drugs
  • Medicines that are not prescribed
  • Weapons
  • Pornography
  • Food items
  • Body sprays with alcohol content
  • Electronic cigarettes of any form of vape.
  • Unapproved or previously opened OTC medications.
  • Nail polish and other related products
  • Video games and movies in any media
  • Sport equipment
  • Sexy or revealing clothing
  • Aerosols
  • Peroxide agents
  • Electronic gadgets
  • Games and playing cards
  • Candles and incense
  • Clothing with profanity or references to drugs, alcohol or violence

Games and playing cards, video games and DVDs, and sporting apparatus may leave you wondering. The idea behind banning them is to minimize distractions and help you stay focused on recovery. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.

No food and drinks from cooked or prepared by external sources are allowed. You will be provided with three meals a day, snacks and beverages. You will have to inform the centre if you have any special dietary requirements or allergies.


Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not

Because policies differ from centre to centre, it is possible to find that some items are allowed in one and not in another. The list below includes items that are permitted by some centres:

  • Cell phone and Laptop
  • Access to these items will be restricted even if the rehab chosen by you allows these items.
  • Just don't forget to take the charger with you.
  • Cigarettes
  • Some facilities will allow you to bring in cigarettes if you are a smoker.
  • However, you may be restricted in the number of cigarettes you are to take in a day.
  • Vitamins and Legal Medicines
  • They have to be new not previously opened.
  • Gum
  • These must also be new.
  • MP3 and CD Players
  • Devices without speakers or Internet access may be allowed by some centres.
  • Cameras
  • Cameras are allowed by some treatment centres.
  • Throwaway or Electric Razors
  • This though is largely not admitted in most centres.
  • Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
  • Nail Clippers
  • It depends with the requirement in the facility.
  • Additional Items
  • The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
  • Don't pack any of these objects without contacting your clinic first.

What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me

Don't freak out if you bring along something forbidden after you get to the clinic. The forbidden objects that you carried to the clinic will be given back to the person who took you there. 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.

This is mainly in instances where the close relatives are far and cannot come immediately. You should check with the centre what items are allowed and what are not before packing. You also need to be sure of the safety of your items if they are not allowed inside the facility. They can either send them back to your place or keep them safe till the end of the recovery process.

Packing For Rehab If you have doubts about some object review your clinic's regulations. They always have documents that give details of this information. Pack only what you need as an advice.


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There are a lot of facilities that permits you to personal items to decorate or personalize your space. Our specialists are more than ready to help you find a centre that allows you to do just that.

Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 246 1509.