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.
Rehab centres have strict policies in place regard what an inpatient can bring with him or her. These prohibited items will be outlined in a form before come in so you are aware.
Following your arrival at the treatment centre, you are required to check in and initiate the admission process. During this time, the admissions team belonging to the centres will inspect your belongings to ensure safety and to understand whether any prohibited items are also included. All the details of what you came in with will be recorded in the patient property book.
Supplies are permitted in the therapy clinics. Different centres have different policies in place for extra stuff.
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. Alternatively, you can also look for the frequently asked questions [FAQs] section if the page mentioned above does not exist. You can do your packing with packing specifications that some clinics provide. In case you are unable to find these information in print, you can always call your rehab centre for it. They will let you know of all the items. This will also be an opportune moment for you to inquire about anything that you were not sure with.
Items That Most Clinics Endorse
The policy of every rehab centre is different, and some can be expected to be stricter than the others.
Please find below the endorsed items:
A list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of people you wish to have involved within your treatment [loved ones, healthcare professionals, twelve-step sponsors, etc.].
Jewellery that means the most value to you just like an engagement or wedding ring.
Except for the above you are advised to leave all valuables at home.
An alarm clock without a radio.
Some centres are known to supply these items, and therefore, it would be better to verify this particular item before venturing out into the market to purchase them.
Existing prescription medication should have complete and accurate labels and original container.
If you are taking a liquid drug, the bottle must be sealed.
You are also allowed to carry a list of all your medications along with the dosages required.
Some cash can also be carried in small amounts £50-£100 in smaller bills for vending machines and store runs.
Your check book, credit card and debit card for the payment of treatment medications are also allowed.
Your insurance cards and an ID (driving license, passport, etc.)
Call cards may be required in cases where long distance calls are accessible only through it.
A notebook or a journal.
If you want to mail letters, carry stamps, postcards, and envelopes with you.
Photos of your family members and friends.
Most rehabs provide inpatients with books and magazines to read.
You can bring your own, but rehabs usually allow books of some specific genre only like self-help, spiritually-oriented, etc.
ADVISE: Paperback books are more convenient than hardcovers.
What Clothes For The Centre
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. You can prepare yourself by carrying a cloth that can be comfortable in all types of weather.
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. Packing on clothing that is easy to wash and will not require dry-cleaning will prove helpful.
You should bring weather-appropriate clothes for at least 7 days.
Shoes: Comfortable shoes for everyday use, tennis shoes for activities/sports and flip-flops for the shower.
Shirts: Ensure your shirts are in line with the dress code of your centre.
Shorts: These also need to be suitable to comply with the centres dress code.
A dress or two for any special events like appreciation or family night.
Fresh and clean pairs of socks.
A bathing suit; At least one.
A bath robe.
A belt, if needed.
A hat: some centres do not permit hats indoors.
Hygiene And Beauty Products That Are Acceptable
Carrying alcohol free makeup products is what many rehabs advocate for. While other centres may allow you to bring products with alcohol component as long as it is not listed as one of the top three ingredients. You will not be allowed to carry aerosols.
The beauty products you carry should be enough and they are:
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shampoo and conditioner
Comb / brush
Feminine wash or hygiene products
Which Items Are Prohibited
A severe set of regulations and forbidden objects are present in every clinic. The prohibited items are not allowed to keep you safe and on the path of recovery Please find below the list of objects that are forbidden, it may be different from clinic to clinic:
Drugs and alcohol
Sedatives or forbidden prescriptions
Sharp objects and weapons
Food or drinks
Alcohol based toiletries and personal effects
Medications that are not prescribed
Nail polish, polish remover or synthetic nail associated products
Playing cards, games and movies may be surprising contrabands for you but rules are rules. The centres do not distractions of any form that would make you lose your focus on your road to recovery. During certain times, the centres itself will make the arrangements necessary to make items like these available to you.
Outside catering is also prohibited because the food you eat needs to be according to the standards. You will be given three meals per day, snacks, and drinks You should look forward to notifying your rehab before being admitted if you have any special dietary requirements.
Some Items Are Allowed In Rehab While Others Are Not
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:
However, the access of these items will be regulated as per the policy of your centre.
Just make sure that your chargers and power cords are brought with you.
There are facilities that allow patients to bring cigarettes.
You might not be allowed to bring more than a specific number of cartons.
Vitamins and OTC Medications
OTC medications should be brand new.
Gums too should be unopened and sealed during admission.
It is sometimes possible to carry items that don't have an internet connection or speakers.
Some clinics permit cameras without internet connection for those who love pictures.
Due to their dangerousness, razors may be forbidden in certain clinics.
Disposable razors, however, are more often than not allowed.
Nail clippers may be banned by some centres, but this is not a common habit.
Personalizing Your Room To Make It Feel Homey
The rehabs allow you to come with things that will make you feel as comfortable as possible just like you are at home.
However, all these items should be allowed first.
What Will Happen To A Contraband That I Brought With Me
Your property will always be safe. You close relative will be advised to go back with these items. Your objects are kept for 24 hours in other centres until someone collects them. Your objects can be kept at the centre until you finish your therapy.
If you are traveling from a distant location and are arriving by air it is likely that you will not have a loved one with you during the admission to take the prohibited items back. Make sure you review the regulations of your centre by calling them. In case you pack something, which is prohibited by mistake you will want to ensure that those items will be returned during some stage. In case they do not do temporary safe keeping, then inquire if they can facilitate shipment to someone you know.
Preparing Your Stuff For Rehab To ensure smooth and easy process when checking in, just follow your centre's rules and policies about allowed items. The process becomes all the more simpler if you logon to the centre's website and save the packing checklist. Don't pack too many things; only carry things you need.
Get Assistance Today
A number of treatment centres will allow you to bring certain things, which can make your life comfortable during the treatment. We can help you identify a rehab centre that will be effective for you.
Contact your clinic by giving us a phone call now on 0800 772 3971.