If you have decided to take back your life by going to a drug rehabilitation center, you just made one of the best choices. Getting the help you need allows you to put your drug problem in the past for good. Many people who take this path have several questions they would like to have answered before moving forward, and most of them want to know what they can bring along.
Contact Information of Family and Close Friends
Most drug treatment centers won’t let you bring your smartphone with you, and they have several reasons for this policy. They don’t want to risk you getting in touch with old contacts who could decrease your odds of making a full recovery. Treatment centers that don’t allow personal phones will have phones that you can use while you are there. Before you go to the treatment center, write down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of the people with whom you wish to stay in contact.
If you have tons of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other jewelry, don’t expect to wear them while you are in treatment. Rehabilitation centers don’t want to face liability issues if someone loses expensive jewelry during their time in treatment, which is understandable. However, most facilities let you bring jewelry that has sentimental value, such as wedding rings. You also should not run into many problems if you try bringing a watch with you, but make sure you check the exact policy before you do.
You can bring any prescription medications with you as long as you can prove that your doctor gave them to you. This means you must keep them in the original bottle with a prescription label that has your name on it. Depending on the type of medication you are taking, you might need to leave the bottle with a nurse and get one dose at a time. Some people go to a treatment center and have issues taking their medication, and you don’t want to face that situation if you can prevent it. Speak with your doctor and let him know you are going to a rehabilitation facility, and you should give your doctor’s contact information to the staff.
Most treatment centers include the cost of food and drinks with the cost of living in the facility. Many of them will also have vending machines from which you can buy snacks and drinks, so make sure you bring some spending money. Since some rehabilitation centers require you to carry only small bills, try limiting your spending money to $5 and $1 notes.
Almost all rehabilitation centers have phones people can use to stay in touch with their family and friends. While some of them allow you to make free local calls, most centers require a calling card if you need to make a long-distance call. Consider the amount of time you will spend on treatment and make sure you have enough funds on your calling card to stay in touch with everyone back home.
You should be able to bring some books with you to pass the time when you are not in support meetings or a treatment session. Each facility will have its own policy about the type of books you are allowed to have while you are in treatment. In general, you won’t have any trouble with self-help or religious books. If your books are not in one of those categories, a quick phone call can clear everything up and let you see what options make sense.
You will need to bring enough clothes to last a week so that you won’t run out before laundry day. Many treatment centers will have courtyards so that you can spend time outside, and you must have clothes that are appropriate for the weather. To promote a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the rehabilitation center you have in mind will likely have a dress code. You should not have any problems as long as you don’t have revealing clothes or items with offensive content.
You now have a good idea of what you can bring when you go to the rehabilitation center at which you have been looking. This information will make your stay a little easier because you will have things that remind you of home. You won’t need to worry about losing your items when you check in since you know what your rehabilitation center expects of you. Grab a bag and pack the items you plan to bring along for the ride, and your life is about to make a positive change that will improve your well-being. Call one of our counselors today at 770-299-1677.