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What to bring to treatment

By Jackie Daniels
Published On February 17, 2021 | Last Updated On February 17, 2021

What to bring to treatment

By Jackie Daniels
Published On February 17, 2021 | Last Updated On February 17, 2021
Packing for treatment and don’t know where to start? Don’t fret. While it may feel overwhelming, we want to make it easy for you. Most treatment centers provide a list of what to bring to rehab, and we would like to offer even more: a checklist and tips on what to bring with you to […]

Packing for treatment and don’t know where to start? Don’t fret. While it may feel overwhelming, we want to make it easy for you. Most treatment centers provide a list of what to bring to rehab, and we would like to offer even more: a checklist and tips on what to bring with you to make the most of your stay.

When you arrive for admission, your belongings will be searched to ensure safety for everyone in the treatment community.

To avoid having any items confiscated, make sure not to bring any of the following items:

  • Drugs or booze
  • Prescription medications not in their original bottles or packages
  • Supplements or vitamins that have been opened
  • Weapons
  • Large quantities of cash
  • Toiletries with heavy concentrations of alcohol (perfume, cologne, mouthwash, etc.)
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray and deodorant often come in aerosol cans)
  • Candles and incense
  • Groceries (this may be permitted later in your stay)
  • Video game consoles, stereo systems, anything with internet access (without prior approval)
  • Revealing clothing
  • Pornography or adult novelties 
  • Cleaning products or nail polish remover
  • Clothing with\ drug or alcohol references
  • Jewelry other than what you wear on a daily basis 

You might be surprised by what’s on the list above, but please rest assured that we want to provide a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. Depending on your stay, it is ideal to bring only one week’s worth of clothing as you’ll be permitted to do laundry.

In addition, the following items are helpful, weather-dependent since we experience all four seasons:

  • Shoes: Athletic shoes and slip-ons
  • Shirts: T-shirts and long-sleeve shirts
  • Pants: Comfortable enough to wear all day or outside if it’s cold
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies
  • Pajamas: Something comfortable to wear to bed. It is not a good idea to sleep in the buff in case of emergency, and for the comfort of others in the community.
  • In case of rain or snow: warm coat, hat, gloves, warm socks, boots, umbrella or raincoat

Indiana Center for Recovery is prepared to provide any basic hygiene necessities, but you may prefer to bring your own.

Here is a list of what to bring to treatment:

  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and /conditioner in unopened bottles
  • Hair styling products that are alcohol-free and pump only (i.e. non-aerosol)
  • Comb or brush
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shaving cream and new razor, clippers (no straight razors, please)
  • Lotion or sunscreen
  • Makeup

In addition to clothing and basic necessities, bring as many from the list below so we have accurate medical and personal information:

  • A form of photo identification like a driver’s license
  • Medical insurance card
  • Prescription insurance card (if separate from medical insurance)
  • Current prescriptions in their original containers
  • Vitamins or supplements in unopened containers
  • Tobacco: cigarettes or unopened chewing tobacco. If you vape, bring unopened vape juice
  • FMLA or short term disability information from your employer to more easily assist you
  • Names, addresses, and phone numbers for those that need to be involved in your treatment

The final treatment checklist is provided to suggest items that may bring you comfort during your treatment stay:

  • Notebook for journaling
  • Pictures of family members or loved ones
  • Daily devotional or meditation books
  • Other recovery-related literature 

If I bring something prohibited, will I get my item back?

In some cases, the center may store the item for you until you leave, or it can be mailed to your home address.

What about money? Do I need to bring money to treatment?

During the early part of your stay, you will not bring money. As you transition through the program, a personal debit card may come in handy to purchase tobacco if you run out.

We hope this list will help you. If all else fails, do not hesitate to contact the admissions department by calling (855) 944-2239 and they will be prepared to guide you!

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