When someone dealing with an addiction decides to seek treatment, this calls for some adjustment on their part and for their family members as well. Anyone with a family member entering rehab for the first time may immediately think about making preparations. Many basics are not provided by drug treatment centers. There are also a few notable items that rehab centers prevent their patients from taking with them.
What to Pack
This may vary depending on the center, as some offer slightly more relaxed rules. Some arrange day trips and other outside activities for patients. A few may even allow supervised trips to the store to get a few needed items. A list of things to pack for a loved one entering rehab might include:
- Prescribed medication
- A pillow if one will not be provided
- Personal items like hair care products, toothbrush, sunscreen (they must be alcohol free)
- Sneakers for exercise
- Some centers require that some form of ID be taken in
- Comfortable clothing
- An alarm clock
These centers try to make the life of the patient as comfortable as possible while they are undergoing treatment. There are many other things which can be added to this list depending on the treatment center chosen.
Drug treatment centers will generally provide a list of the Items that are not allowed. Some prohibited items have to do with privacy concerns. These include cameras and cell phones. Energy drinks and any product that contains alcohol such as perfumes are also prohibited.
Leaving some things behind can be difficult, but this is sometime necessary so as to help the person focus on the therapies available to them. After successful treatment, they can go back to their lives, albeit with some level of modification.