For people with drug abuse problems, rehab is the best answer. Once they finally decide to get help, they usually have many questions. One question that most people ask us is exactly what to bring to rehab? All treatment centers have different policies, but below is some general information about what most rehab centers allow. If you are unsure of what you can and cannot bring, then you should always contact the center to find out.

What to Bring

  • Casual and comfortable clothing
  • Workout clothes and shoes
  • Alarm clock
  • Bathing suit, conservative one piece for ladies, shorts no shorter than mid-thigh for men
  • Pajamas/Robe
  • Personal Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, shampoo, soap, razors, feminine hygiene products)
  • No alcohol-based mouthwash or aerosol deodorants or sprays will be permitted.
  • Names/Address/Phone numbers of emergency contact
  • Identification and Insurance card
  • Prescription Medications – These must be in prescription bottles with your name and prescribing doctor, dosage, and date on them; no medications without these labels will be allowed.
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc., are allowed, but can only be used during posted free periods.
  • Smoking is permitted at designated times and in designated outside areas. You will be required to supply your own tobacco products and they must be in new unopened packaging when you enter the facility.

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Things NOT to Bring:

  • Over the counter medications, vitamins, herbs, supplements. Over the counter medications will be available in the administrative office
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Beauty or hygiene products containing alcohol
  • Valuables (Sunflower Wellness Retreat is not responsible for lost or stolen items)
  • Alcohol and illegal substances
  • Revealing clothing or clothing containing offensive slogans or logos
  • Excessive amounts of cash.
Forget something? Once per week, there will be a scheduled shopping trip for you to purchase items you forgot or ran out of. If you are a smoker, please make sure you plan ahead for your tobacco needs, as borrowing cigarettes from other residents or staff is not permitted.

Why Do Rehab Centers Restrict What to Bring to Rehab?

a person waiting for a train thinking about what to bring to rehabIt’s important for people to understand why rehab centers restrict the belongings that they take into treatment. They have to keep the safety, well-being, and privacy of their clients in mind. Items that jeopardize any of these values can’t join clients in rehab.

Of course, all facilities have different ideas of what puts people at risk. As a result, each facility will typically have a specific list of items that residents can and can’t bring with them. It’s important to contact the staff to find out which items the center allows and which ones it doesn’t.

Items That Most Facilities Allow People to Bring

In most cases, facilities encourage people to bring personal hygiene items such as shampoo and toothpaste. It’s also a good idea to take multivitamins, laundry supplies, and a small amount of cash. Most places require that they disclose how much money they have on them as well.

In some cases, facilities let people bring standard, over-the-counter medications. However, these drugs must remain unopened and new. They also need to bring prescription medications for health conditions such as heart problems or diabetes. Some of the over-the-counter drugs that rehab centers usually permit include:

  • Milk of magnesia
  • Nicotine patches
  • Ibuprofen
  • Maalox
  • Melatonin
  • Imodium

Keep in mind that some places keep these medications under lock and key for their clients. In these situations, the clients have to ask rehab staff for the medicines to take them. When considering what to bring to rehab, it’s important to remember necessary medications like these.

Rehabs Supply Some Items

Residential rehabs supply their clients with some items. For example, an alarm clock is a must-have item during rehab, so some facilities supply them. There are also obviously the necessary toiletries and hygiene items as well at residential centers. If you want to know if a rehab offers certain items, then give them a call beforehand.

Items That Most Facilities Don’t Allow

Most places don’t allow people to bring cell phones or laptops into treatment. In some cases, they allow handheld gaming devices, but this policy varies between establishments. The goal is to prevent people from bringing devices that distract them from recovery. Preventing people from bringing cell phones also keeps them from reaching outside contacts. A patient’s focus during treatment should be on bettering themselves.

Let Us Provide Rehab for You

If you’re in need of substance abuse treatment, turn to Sunflower Wellness Retreat. Our relaxing environment is perfect for a comprehensive recovery. Unlike some rehabs, we focus on treating your mind as well as your body. Situated on a large piece of Kansas countryside, our residents can have a truly special recovery experience. Some of the unique programs that you can find here include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Life skills training

Find out how the right rehab makes all the difference and learn what to bring to rehab. Contact our expert staff anytime to start down the road to recovery. Call Sunflower Wellness Retreat today at 855.730.8825 for more information or to enroll!