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Packing for Rehab: What Should You Leave at Home?

In an effort to make packing less stressful as you embark on your journey into rehab, we’ve compiled a list of items that are generally banned from to bring with you to rehab.

Do Your Own Research and Ask Questions

Keep in mind that each rehab facility has its own unique set of guidelines. You’ll need to check in with your program and ask for a specific list of banned items. Though it’s not exact, there are a few items that are traditionally banned from rehab facilities.

Give yourself the best start in rehab by steering clear of the following items:

  • Drugs or Alcohol

This may seem like an obvious one, but be sure to check the ingredients in any products you’d like to take with you. Any liquids with alcohol as an ingredient won’t be allowed. Also, be sure to check ahead of time if your prescription or over-the-counter medications are approved substances for you to take with you.

  • Electronics

Generally, personal electronics, like cell phones or laptops, are not permitted in rehab facilities. Embrace rehab as a time for you to unplug from the virtual world and leave these items behind.

  • Weapons

All weapons or any tools or personal items that could be used as weapons need to be left at home. While these items may make you feel more secure, every rehab facility should have your personal safety at the forefront and be one less thing for you to worry about. This starts by prohibiting any weapons to be brought into the program.

  • Valuables

Leave all your valuables, such as jewelry, behind. Some programs will allow you to bring jewelry that you wear every day, but be sure to check on this ahead of time. There is no need to bring valuable items with you, and leaving them securely at home will be one less thing for you to worry about while at rehab.

  • Inappropriate Clothing

Clothing that has any reference to drugs and alcohol, or that may be offensive in anyway is not permitted in rehab. Clothing that is too revealing or suggestive is also a no-no in rehab. Pack clothes that are comfortable and wont’ be distracting to you or anyone else in the program with you.


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