When packing for your stay at residential addiction treatment centers, you’ll want to make sure to bring items that foster comfort and healing. Leave anything harmful—including drugs, alcohol or weapons of any kind—behind, and focus on the items that will make you feel at home. While some luxury residential addiction treatment centers will allow you to maintain your relationships and lifestyle with cell phones and extras, you should doublecheck with your rehab facility if you have any questions, as some treatment centers are more rigid than others.
What to Pack for Your Stay at Residential Addiction Treatment Centers
We’ve compiled a suggested packing list below to help you prepare for your stay at the residential addiction treatment center of your choice.
- Comfortable Clothing
During your stay at residential addiction rehab centers, your recovery—and yourself—should be your top priority. Most residential treatment centers will have relaxed, casual atmospheres where you can heal your body along with your heart and mind. Make sure you pack exercise clothing, jeans, or casual wear to ensure mobility and promote relaxation.
- Toiletries or Cosmetics
Make sure to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, and any cosmetics that you would like to use. Luxury residential addiction treatment centers will often offer amenities or help you acquire any toiletries you forget to bring, so that you do not have to worry about the smaller details.
- Health Information and Medications
Bring your health insurance card, and a copy of any health related information you need, so that the medical and financial details of your treatment can be taken care of in a streamlined manner. Also bring along any prescribed medications. Your addiction treatment team will perform diagnostic testing and assessment upon arrival. Your medical staff will then help guide you in your prescription needs as you approach recovery.
- Pajamas and Slippers
Remember that sleep is an important part of the body’s healing process. Bring comfy pajamas, slippers, and a bathrobe to help promote relaxed sleep. If you are light- or sound-sensitive, you may also consider bringing a sleeping mask or earplugs to ensure deep and uninterrupted rest.
- Bathing Suit
Luxury residential addiction treatment centers often offer spa services, saunas, jacuzzis or swimming facilities that may require the use of a bathing suit.
- Journal and Books
Bring a journal or notebook so that you can chronicle your thoughts and feelings during the recovery process. You may also want to bring books or magazines that you enjoy so that you can read in your free time.
- Personal Devices, Cell Phones or Music Players
Many residential addiction treatment centers frown on personal devices, such as iPods, cell phones, or PDAs. At Passages, we believe in maintaining your lifestyle by allowing you to stay in touch with loved ones and business contacts, and nurture yourself with personal music selections.
Sometimes, when we face the road to recovery, the little reminders of home can make a big difference. Consider bringing a few mementos, such as framed photographs, a special knick-knack, or other minor decorations that may help make your stay more comfortable and inspiring.