You’re ready to go to treatment—there’s just one step left. Packing! While you can usually buy any basic supplies you forget, it’s still best and most comforting to ensure you have what you need from home. What to bring to rehab and what you should leave behind are common concerns when entering a treatment facility.
Every treatment facility has approved and suggested items to bring, as well as items that are not permitted. It’s a good idea to call the center and find out what those are. Feel free to contact Michael’s House at 760.548.4032, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
What to Pack for Rehab: Clothing and Medication
At Michael’s House, our approved and suggested items to bring include common-sense items like clothing and necessary medication. Clothing should be comfortable, everyday clothes that do not contain any inappropriate language or images. For example, pictures or slogans extolling drug or alcohol use or profanity would be inappropriate. You may also want to bring appropriate swimwear. For women, this means a one-piece swimsuit that covers your midsection. Men, please, no Speedos! Don’t forget your sunglasses or sunhat, and sunscreen.
You should bring any approved prescription or over-the-counter medications. These have to be appropriately labeled with your name, the name of the medication, and dosage instructions. These medications will be handed over to staff on arrival. Our excellent team of physicians and counselors will ensure you get what you need when you need it!
You can bring a digital music player as long as it doesn’t have a camera or internet capability.
What to Bring to Rehab: the Essentials
Don’t forget some essentials! Be sure to bring the following:
- Spending money
- Picture identification card
- Insurance card (if applicable)
- Name of insurance subscriber, subscriber contact information, subscriber SSN#, and subscriber date of birth (if applicable)
- Pharmacy benefit card/Rx card (if applicable)
What Not to Bring to Rehab: Leave at Home
We want to make sure you have everything you need while here and nothing you don’t!
Our goal is to help all patients heal so they can enjoy a life of sobriety in recovery. While we do take each patient’s individual treatment needs into account when devising therapeutic approaches toward healing, we can only do this in a stable, structured environment shared by everyone.
To facilitate the comfort and success of everyone, we ask you to leave the following behind:
- Revealing clothing such as “short” shorts or skirts, spaghetti-strap tops, and tops that expose the midriff
- Clothing with alcohol or drug logos or derogatory or sexual sayings or imagery
- Clothing that promotes gang themes
- Any prescription medications not fully approved, properly labeled, and given to staff upon entry
- Weapons/pocket knives
- Aerosol cans
- Perfumes or toiletries containing alcohol (such as nail polish remover, mouthwash, and hand sanitizers)
- Vitamins, health food supplements, or bodybuilding/dietary supplements (like creatine)
- Your (or someone else’s) car
- Computers, video gaming devices (portable or console), cameras, TVs, and other electronic devices (pagers, DVDs, PDAs, etc.)
- Any food or beverages
Have Questions About Preparing for Rehab at Michael’s House?
The Michael’s House treatment team reserves the right to prohibit, on an individual basis, items that have a strong potential of interfering with recovery. All personal items will be subject to search by agency staff at admission, randomly, and after off-campus outings. That is to say, we want you to be healthy, comfortable, and progressing in your treatment goals!
If you have any questions about what to bring or what will be provided, just give us a call at 760.548.4032. We’re here to answer your questions about treatment, admissions, and more.