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What to Bring to Rehab

When it’s time to stop struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and you or someone you love is seeking recovery, inpatient addiction treatment is a popular choice. Addiction recovery treatment may involve multiple stages designed to treat both physical and psychological dependence on controlled substances. Knowing what to bring to drug rehab will help ensure that you arrive ready for recovery. BetterAddictionCare is happy to answer questions about what to bring to inpatient rehab, as well as other concerns you may have.

5 Minute Read | Published Oct 06 2023 | Updated Oct 06 2023

What to Bring to Drug Rehab

Most addiction treatment facilities have strict policies about what patients can and cannot bring with them at admission, and some centers provide a custom list of what to bring to inpatient rehab. Common items may include:

  • Emergency contact information: names, address, and phone numbers of important contacts
  • A credit card or debit card and a nominal amount of cash for incidental purchases
  • Identification and insurance card
  • Calling card for making phone calls
  • Alarm clock
  • Basic jewelry (necessities only, like your wedding band)
  • A notebook for journaling
  • Photos of loved ones

Special Clothing Policies

Many rehab centers also have strict policies about dress code, so patients should inquire about restrictions before packing. On-site laundry will likely be available, so patients should pack enough clothing to last about one week. Dressing in comfortable layers is usually recommended, so packing tank tops and T-shirts, hoodies or cardigans, shorts and stretch pants, pajamas, shoes, socks, and undergarments usually provide enough outfit options. Patients may also need slippers, a bathrobe, a swimsuit, one dressier outfit for a special occasion, and a coat. Patients should also check about policies regarding a belt and a hat before packing these items.

Medications and Personal Hygiene Products

If you have prescription medications, pack them in an original, sealed bottle with all labeling intact. Bring a full list of medications and prescribed dosages. Rehabilitation facilities often prohibit products that contain alcohol, or centers will require that patients only bring products that do not contain alcohol as one of the top three ingredients. Aerosol products are typically prohibited. Patients should bring enough toiletry items to last their entire stay, including toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, comb or brush, shaving cream, hair styling products, feminine hygiene products, makeup, sunscreen, and lotion.

At BetterAddictionCare, a nationwide recovery network of rehab facilities is waiting and accepting new patients to help you start healing. We have highly trained professionals who offer individualized addiction counseling that is customized to fit your unique needs. When you decide that it’s time to get sober, call today to speak with a counselor. You can also get help now if you fill out our contact form on our website.



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