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Rehab Centers That Allow Cell Phones, Computers, Laptops, and Internet

A common question people have before they enter rehab is if they can bring their cell phone, computer, laptop, or a similar personal device. For many people, personal devices offer a sense of comfort, allowing them to stay in contact with the outside world—but they can also be a source of distraction and temptation. While some rehabs may allow personal devices, they are often regulated or restricted so patients can focus on treatment. You can contact the treatment facility you are considering ahead of time to confirm the policies around using personal devices.

Should Technology Be Allowed in Treatment?

Some rehabs leverage technology like apps and virtual reality to enhance addiction treatment and recovery.1 Studies suggest that certain technologies offer promise for affecting the assessment, prevention, and treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs).2 Yet, the use of personal devices like cell phones, computers, and laptops while in rehab come with potential advantages and disadvantages.

Research shows that social connectedness and support can play an important role in recovery.3 More specifically, maintaining positive relationships with supportive individuals can impact long-term abstinence and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.3 Having access to the internet and other technology can help you stay in contact with healthy support systems in your life. Keeping in touch with friends and family can serve as a reinforcer to stay in treatment and continue to do the work required in treatment.

There may also be risks associated with technology use while in rehab. Many people that enter treatment for substance use also experience a co-occurring mental health disorder such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).4 Studies suggest that social media can worsen anxiety and depression.5 If patients have unregulated access to technology, a mental health disorder could be exacerbated, impeding treatment as a result.

Do Rehab Centers Allow Cell Phones?

Can you have your cell phone in rehab? It depends.

The use of cell phones in rehab varies depending on the treatment facility, but you can contact a representative ahead of time to confirm. Some treatment facilities may allow partial access to your cell phone after you have met certain milestones, while others may not allow you to have any access to your phone while in their care.

Do Rehab Centers Allow Computers and Laptops?

As is the case with cell phones, your access to computers and laptops may vary depending on the treatment facility, so it’s recommended to contact a representative ahead of time to confirm. While computers and laptops are common in everyday use, access to these devices may be regulated or restricted based on the treatment facility and its respective policies. Some rehabs may allow access to these devices for specific reasons, such as communication via chat or email or educational or work purposes.

Do Rehab Centers Have Internet Access and WiFi?

Internet access and WiFi are commonplace in everyday life, but life in treatment can look very different. In addition to cell phones, computers, and laptops, treatment facilities may regulate or restrict internet and WiFi to allow you to focus on recovery.

Executive Rehab

Sometimes, someone may be struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and leads executive functions at work. For those who may have responsibilities that can’t be ignored and need access to certain technology while in rehab, executive rehab is available. Executive rehab allows access to the technology you need to continue working while you get the treatment you need for drug or alcohol addiction. Executive rehab provides the safety and stability of an inpatient treatment program but with rules and regulations that allow for safe communication in the outside world. You can reside in an inpatient treatment facility while addressing the day-to-day demands of your work obligations.

How to Find Technology-Friendly Rehab Centers

Amenities at treatment facilities vary, as do the services provided. You can learn about the amenities, services provided, and other information by calling the treatment facility you are interested in and speaking to a representative.

American Addiction Centers has treatment facilities throughout the U.S. You can contact us at or use our directory to find a rehab near you and learn about the amenities offered. Compassionate admissions navigators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and provide support.

Does Insurance Cover Technology-Friendly Rehab?

Finding a treatment facility for your unique needs can feel overwhelming but knowing in advance what your insurance will cover can give you peace of mind. To learn about your specific coverage, call the number on the back of your insurance card, verify your insurance online, or fill out the form below.

Questions to Ask the Treatment Facility When Getting in Contact

It’s important to ask questions to help you make a confident and informed decision about which treatment center to choose. Consider asking the following questions about technology usage when getting in contact.

  • Can I have my cellphone?
  • Are there community phones I can use?
  • What are the regulations/restrictions regarding community phones if they are offered?
  • Can I call my family?
  • How often can I call my family?
  • How long can I talk with them?
  • Do I have access to my email account?
  • Are there community computers that I can use?
  • What are the regulations/restrictions regarding community computers if they are offered?

Seeking treatment is the first step toward recovery. Understandably, technology may feel like an important consideration when choosing a treatment facility. It’s important to remember that policies around technology use are created with your best interest in mind, with the goal being to help you achieve and sustain a happy, healthy life free from substances.

If you have questions about drug or alcohol treatment, you can contact American Addiction Centers at 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not ready to text just yet? You can sign up for free personalized text support. There’s no obligation to enter treatment, and you can opt-out at any time.


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