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Going to rehab is the first and most important step in your recovery journey. Although it is a challenge, the rewards you can enjoy by living a fuller, happier life are worth the effort. Rehab is necessary to teach people how to avoid relapse. Without proper treatment, relapse risk rates are between 40% and 60%.[1] Statistics show that rehab also helps people save money over time. Fewer accidents, fewer medical visits, and better productivity help people save money.[2]

Today, insurance plans that participate in the marketplace must also offer some form of coverage for drug rehab. As people prepare to take this step, they often wonder what to bring to rehab. It helps to know what to pack and what to leave at home.

What Can I Bring to Rehab?

You can bring some personal hygiene items, clothes, and a few accessories. The following sections cover some specific examples.

Clothing

Plan to bring enough clothes for about seven days. There are on-site laundry services. These are some examples of items to pack:

  • Loose shirts
  • Comfortable pants or shorts
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Slippers or slipper socks

As you pack your clothing, it is better to choose modest items that do not have writing. Although common sports brand logos may be acceptable, there should not be any phrases or pictures on clothes that could offend others or promote substance use. Keep in mind that many people in rehab may have other past traumatic experiences, and rehab facilities strive to limit those potential triggers during this difficult time.

Since the process of detox comes with a wide range of possible symptoms that can be physically uncomfortable, clothing that is loose, breathable and comfortable is ideal. Hats may be worn outdoors during cooler weather, and some hats and head coverings may not be allowed indoors. There may be exceptions for religious or medical purposes.

Personal Hygiene


Bringing your own personal hygiene items can help you feel more comfortable. These are some types of hygiene items that you may bring:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap or bodywash
  • Non-aerosol deodorant
  • Hair styling products in pump bottles
  • Comb or brush
  • Makeup
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Feminine hygiene products

Other Items

There are other items you may need during your stay in a rehab facility. Others may be essential for you to enter rehab. For this reason, the other items are divided into what you should bring and what you can bring.

What You Should Bring

Be sure to pack these items. The facility may require some of these items for admission:

  • A driver’s license or photo ID card with your full name.
  • A list of people the facility can call and a phone number for at least one emergency contact.
  • Your insurance card if you are using insurance to pay.
  • Any prescriptions that you take in their original pharmacy bottles with the labels.

What You Can Bring

These are some items that you may wish to bring:

  • Envelopes and stamps if you want to send letters.
  • A small journal or notebook.
  • An alarm clock that does not have a radio.
  • Any important jewelry that you wear all the time, such as a religious necklace or a wedding ring.
  • A small amount of cash, your checkbook or a debit card.
  • Paper photos of family or loved ones that are not in glass frames.

If you smoke cigarettes, please call the facility to discuss this.

Learn More About What To Bring to Rehab

Perhaps you have a question about something you did not see on one of the lists. If you have any other questions about what to bring to rehab, we are here for you. Our team can also answer any questions you have about what to expect during detox, using insurance to pay, and more. At Allure Detox, we are committed to helping you start your recovery journey and teaching you how to avoid relapse by showing you the keys to beating addiction. To learn more about substance detox in West Palm Beach, please contact us.

References
[1] https://nida.nih.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/how-effective-drug-addiction-treatment
[2] https://nida.nih.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/drug-addiction-treatment-worth-its-cost

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