Going to rehab marks a significant step in your healing and recovery journey. As you prepare for inpatient care and your stay at the treatment facility, it’s important to spare some thought on what you should bring along to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Here are some of the items you should pack when going for residential treatment:

Essential documents

Before packing anything else, ensure you’ve gathered all the important documents you may need to facilitate a smooth admission process and stay at the rehab. This may include identification, medical records, insurance cards, any legal documents as well as any prescriptions you have.

Comfortable clothing and footwear

Pack comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing choosing items that are easy to layer. Also ensure that the clothing you pack allows for free movement and breathing whether you’re participating in therapy sessions or recreational activities. It may be a good idea to also pack exercise or gym clothes.

Don’t forget to include a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes for walking and other daily activities. Depending on the climate, you may pack sandals or slippers and sneakers for exercising.

Toiletries and personal hygiene items

Bringing your preferred toiletries and personal hygiene items can provide a sense of familiarity. Remember to pack items like your hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, makeup and any prescription medications you’re currently taking. As you pack, check the items to ensure that they don’t contain alcohol as this will likely not be allowed e.g. items like mouthwash.

List of important contacts

Write down a list of important people who can be contacted should the need arise. This includes family members, close friends, your doctor or therapist, among others.

Cash and cards

Carry some cash with you for any incidentals or items you might need during your stay. It’s also a good idea to bring a credit or debit card in case of an emergency.

Reading material and a journal

You’ll have plenty of downtime between your therapy sessions and scheduled activities or at the end of the day. Having reading materials, sketchbooks or a journal can help occupy this downtime, allowing for creativity and self-reflection.

The key is to keep it simple and carry items that will help you focus on your recovery. If you’re unsure about what’s allowed, give the rehab facility a call to clarify.

Embrace a Brighter Future Free from Addiction

At the Robert Alexander Center for Recovery, we believe that addiction doesn’t define you. You can beat it with the right support and treatment. That’s why we’re determined to make addiction treatment accessible and affordable for all those who require these services. We also provide a continuum of care from detox to residential treatment with clients stepping down to intensive outpatient and outpatient care to the final stage, aftercare.  

Don’t hesitate to contact our Kentucky addiction treatment center if you or your loved one needs inpatient care.

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