What to Take and What to Leave: Packing Your Bag for Drug Rehab

So you’re going to go to inpatient drug rehab. You know where you’re going and you’re leaving in the morning. Now, all you’ve got left to do is pack your bags, but you don’t know where to start.

We’re here to help. Here’s a list of everything you need for drug and alcohol treatment and everything you don’t.

If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and ready to get sober, it’s time to call 800-654-0987. Our addiction specialists are standing by to answer your questions, discuss your treatment options, and get you the help you need.

Things to Pack for Drug Rehab

When it comes to what you should bring to drug and alcohol inpatient rehab, most facilities have a list of specifics. If it wasn’t offered to you during your screening or admissions call, check out the company’s website or pick up the phone and ask.

Otherwise, here are the basics of what you’ll need for your rehab stay, whether you’re there for 28 days or three months.

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  • Phone numbers and addresses
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Current medications in the original prescription bottles
  • A small amount of money ($100 or less)
  • Insurance cards
  • ID
  • A journal or notebook
  • Recovery focused books
  • Pictures of family, friends, or pets
  • A week’s worth of clothes that are comfortable and that you can layer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops for the shower
  • One piece bathing suit
  • Slippers
  • Alcohol-free toiletries

Things Not to Pack for Drug Rehab

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You should bring a journal, comfortable clothes, and pictures of loved ones to rehab.

Just as important as what you bring, every drug and alcohol treatment facility has a list of prohibited items you’re not allowed to bring.

Here’s a list to get you started.

  • Jewelry, except what you wear every day, such as a wedding ring or cross
  • More than $100
  • Smart phones and iPads
  • Other electronics
  • Skimpy clothing
  • Bikinis
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Any toiletries with alcohol in them
  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, deodorant, etc.)
  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Prescription narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Outside food or drink
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Nail polish and nail polisher remover
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Playing cards
  • Anything with profanity
  • Anything that glorifies drug use
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The Maybe List

And then there’s the list of things that some rehabs allow, while others prohibit. Here are specific items to ask your drug rehab facility if you’re allowed to bring.

  • Cigarettes
  • Vitamins
  • Gum
  • Music players
  • Cameras
  • Razors
  • Clippers/Trimmers

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What If You Pack Something by Mistake?

If you end up packing something that’s not allowed, don’t panic. Chances are the facility is not going to throw it away (unless it’s illegal or perishable). When you get to inpatient drug treatment, an intake worker will go through the items you brought, with you present, and itemize them on a list. If there is anything that’s prohibited, most will lock the items up until the time when you discharge and they will be returned to your possession.

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If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and sick and tired of being sick and tired, it’s time to find help. Call 800-654-0987 today to talk to someone who understands where you’re at and what you need. It may just be the phone call that saves your life.

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