When you are preparing to check into a 28 day program, you most likely already feel nervous and are unsure what to expect. Not knowing what you should pack can add an additional worry onto your already full plate. The most important part of entering a recovery facility is to make sure you have what you need to be as comfortable as possible.
Addiction treatment is quite intense, and you may experience physical and mental discomfort. Having items from home to help you feel more comfortable can ease your stay and provide reassurance while you are working to overcome your addiction.
Find Out What Is Not Allowed
Before you decide which items to bring, you should check the list of prohibited items to see what is not allowed in the facility. This will help narrow down your packing list and avoid delays when checking in. Commonly prohibited items are:
- Toiletries with alcohol, such as hand sanitizer and mouthwash
- Prescription medication that has been removed from original pharmacy bottles
- Bedding, such as pillows and blankets
- Tobacco products
You can get a full list of prohibited items from the facility at any time.
There are many physically uncomfortable aspects in rehab, but your clothing should not be one of them. Soft, comfortable clothing is essential for the 28 days you will spend in the facility. This is a time to worry about your mental well being, and focusing on your physical appearance can be very distracting.
Choose clothing that allows freedom of movement and is made of soft, natural fibers. Other items to consider bringing are:
- A pair of slippers
- Comfy socks
- Closed toed shoes
A Blank Journal and Pen
When you are recovering from addiction, it is a time of reflection and self discovery. You will have many moments of clarity and understanding. It is difficult to remember these periods of enlightenment in the future. Bringing an empty notebook and pen will help you capture your exact thoughts and feelings during your stay in the program.
This recovery journal can be continued after you leave. Many people find it useful to look back on in difficult times and have a clear picture of how far they have come. You can also use it to make notes of therapy exercises you may wish to use after your stay is over.
A Reusable Water Bottle
One of the less talked about symptoms of detoxification is being constantly dehydrated. This can be a very uncomfortable symptom if you fail to stay adequately hydrated. Bring your own reusable water bottle that you can carry around with you when allowed.
Be sure to check with the facility before you pack to make sure this is not in the list of prohibited items. Having constant access to water can make a huge difference in the way you feel over the course of the month.
Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
The changes in your body caused by discontinuing the use of substances is uncomfortable and causes a greater liklihood of restless nights. It is helpful to have non medicinal aids to give you your best chance of getting rest.
A sleep mask will block out any ambient light that may bother you while your trying to sleep. Ear plugs help you to tune out the unfamiliar noises of a new place that might cause you to lay awake longer than you would like.
Keep Your Family Close
Leaving your loved ones for a month is difficult, especially at such a vulnerable time. Having reminders of them to look at can help you feel they are close. If you feel the support of your family during your stay in the 28 day program, you will be more likely to stay committed to the journey you started.
Select your favorite photos of your family members, print them and tuck them away in your luggage. You can pull them out when your are feeling sad or lonely, and remember that you have a team of people rooting for your success. Have your family write you letters of encouragement. Wait until you need them to dive in to their letters of support.
With everything you need to make you comfortable at your fingertips, you can focus your energies on becoming healthy. When you are ready to begin your recovery journey, call (NUMBER).