Going to rehab is scary. Admitting you have a problem, and committing to leaving that life and your loved ones behind to seek treatment is a huge step on your road to recovery.
It may ease your mind to discover twelve things to remember when you pack your bags for rehab.
1. Insurance Information and Prescription Medications
You should bring your insurance information as well as any prescription medications that you’re taking. Your specific rehab center will have its own guidelines on labeling medications. Regardless, you’ll want to make sure that your prescriptions are in their original containers with all appropriate labeling when you arrive.
2. Personal Identification
Your rehabilitation center must verify your identity, so make sure you bring a form of valid state or federally-issued identification.
3. Weather Appropriate Clothing
When you pack for rehab, make sure you are aware of the general climate of the area you’ll be in. Though you can’t predict the weather for the entire length of your program, you’ll want to pack clothing that’s appropriate for the region.
If you’ll be in California in the summer, you’ll know to pack clothes that will keep you cool. If you’re heading to Minnesota in the winter, you’ll know to pack in order to stay warm.
Make sure you pack clothing that is appropriate for your program and won’t be considered offensive. Your best bet is to stay conservative and low key. Your program may have a dress code that you have to follow.
You should also pack at least one dressy or formal outfit for family visits. Don’t forget a bathing suit, if appropriate; and of course, you’ll want pajamas, socks, and clothing you can easily layer.
4. Hygiene Products
This list isn’t exhaustive, but there are quite a few hygiene products you should remember to bring.
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Hairbrush or comb
Having your personal toiletry items may seem insignificant, but it does offer the comforts of home. You’ll be glad to have products that you know work for you.
5. Stationery, Pen, and Stamps
Our families also struggle when we struggle with addiction. Bring along your favorite paper and writing utensils so that you can reach out to your loved ones. While sending snail mail might not be as quick as sending an email or text, writing a physical letter is less of a distraction than electronic devices.
Receiving some mail from you may be healing for both the sender and the recipient.
6. A Little Bit of Cash
You may want to bring a bit of cash (in small bills) for vending machines or outings. It is recommended that you bring less than $100, and your family or friends can bring you more if needed.
Alternatively, you may want to bring a credit card. While hopefully, your insurance covers most of your treatment, you may have to pay out of pocket for additional services, medications, or outings.
7. Reading Material
You will have a lot of downtime, so this might be a good time to catch up on some reading. Reading has been found to be therapeutic, and bringing some inspirational material to fill your free time may be calming.
Paperbacks are most likely your best bet, as they are easier to transport and are much lighter. Keep in mind, some rehab centers restrict reading material, so you’ll want to check with your center to find out exactly what their policies are.
8. Photos of Loved Ones
Being in rehab and away from home is anxiety-inducing. Making sure you pack some photos of loved ones to keep you grounded and bring you comfort may help alleviate some of those worries.
The photos may also serve as a reminder of why you’re choosing to get clean.
9. Contact Information for Loved Ones Involved in Your Treatment
Since the technology meant to keep us connected can often isolate us, you may not be able to bring your cell phone with you to rehab. With that in mind, make sure to pack a hard copy of contact information for people you’d like to stay in touch with.
This includes phone numbers as well as addresses so that you can send letters.
10. Pillow and Blanket
Although your rehab center will most likely provide basic bedding for you, having a couple of comfort items from home may be soothing. You may also want to bring a comfort object if you have one.
Studies have shown that many adults still sleep with teddy bears or other similar security items. Having these things with you will make being far from home a little bit more bearable.
11. Essential Jewelry
If you have a piece or two of jewelry that you wear daily, like a wedding ring or earrings, then you’ll want to bring them. However, most valuables should stay safe at home.
12. Make Sure You Pack a Notebook or Journal
You may find journaling to be incredibly helpful to your recovery. You don’t have to journal about recovery. The process of journaling alone is a great therapy tool that can help you process your emotions and everything you’re going through.
There are a lot of different ways to journal, and you can decide what works best for you.
Get Ready for Recovery
Of all the things you pack, the most important is your belief that you can get through this. Rehabilitation and recovery are one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through. You don’t have to do it alone. Our team is here to support you and your family every step of the way.
Take a look at the services we offer for you and your family, and put yourself on the road to recovery today.