What to Bring to Rehab
What Happens in Rehab?
Once you have decided to reach out for help and have a rehab center phone number, you may have new worries about what will happen once you arrive. Most rehab centers have a home-like atmosphere and design their centers to be warm and inviting. Once you arrive and finish the admission process, you will be oriented to the facility and given a room.
You may have a private room, or you may share a room. If you are addicted to a physical substance, you will spend your first days in detox. Once detox is completed, you will be spending your time in your room and therapy sessions throughout the day.
Every day will no be the same but establishing a routine and structure are essential for re-entering an addiction-free life. Minimizing distractions and learning coping strategies are two benefits of rehab that will help you reorient to a new healthy daily routine.
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Can You Have Your Phone in Rehab?
“Will I be able to have my cell phone in rehab?” is a common question. The answer to this question is it depends on the facility. Some facilities allow phone use; others allow phone use at designated times, and others do not allow personal device use of any kind. Each facility has individual rules for electronics use and cigarette use.
It is important to clarify the policies with the treatment center before arriving. And it is important to provide the rehab center phone number to your family for when you can use the phone. If personal electronics are not allowed, it is important to leave them at home before coming to the center.
Most rehab centers have community phones that can be shared and used during designated times. It is essential to focus on your health and minimize external influences and distractions during treatment. Finding a balance between connecting with loved ones and feeling overly isolated can be delicate.
Call your center and confirm their policies and the rehab center phone number for family members to contact ahead of time.
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What to Pack for Inpatient Treatment
Preparing for rehab can be stressful and feel like a giant leap into the unknown. It is recommended not to pack more than one suitcase and to minimize your items as much as possible. As long as you bring yourself and an open mind to rehab, you have everything you need. Below are a few suggestions for your rehab stay.
- You will need to confirm your identity during the admission process.
- Medical records, including current medications
- Useful for determining what medications you will need during your stay.
- Pictures or items that motivate you
- There may be moments you need encouragement; these will remind you why you are there in the first place.
- Writing down your thoughts and experiences during your rehab stay can motivate you to see how far you have come. As you learn and discover new things about yourself, you may feel compelled to begin journaling as a healing process.
- Workout clothing and running shoes
- As your confidence grows, you may want to increase your exercise routine. Exercising is an integral part of developing coping skills for your return to your life outside of rehab.
- One week’s worth of clothing and sleepwear
- The rehab center has washers and dryers
- A small amount of cash
- Most rehabs have small “stores” for their patients.
- Alarm clock
- Resetting your sleep/wake schedule is beneficial for many addicts.
- Important phone numbers
- The rehab center may need to get in touch with friends or family.
- Stamps and envelopes
- You may want to send letters to friends or family members.
- Pillow and blanket
What Not to Bring to Rehab
Confirm specific policies with your rehab center for any other items. Things you should not bring to rehab include, but not limited to:
- Jewelry and accessories
- Any substance containing alcohol (including mouthwash, cologne, hand sanitizer, etc.)
- Any illegal substances
- Telephone numbers or contacts of dealers or negative influence people
- Credit cards
- Suggestive or inappropriate clothing
- Cameras or recording equipment
- Any items with drug or alcohol logos
- Food and drinks
- Open cigarette boxes. You may be able to bring cigarettes in their original and sealed container.
Rehab can give you a clean mind, refreshed life outlook, recovery tools, and much-needed information to understand yourself and how best to stay clean and sober. The protective environment created in rehab is not your life. It is a temporary step to learn how to make a safe space to continue your recovery.
Do you want treatment but are worried about how you can pay for it? We have a team of financial professionals who provide free insurance verification. We will work with you to determine how to move forward with the treatment in a way that works for you and your financial situation.
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How to Get Help
Are you suffering from addiction? At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we understand your struggle with addiction. Our caring staff is prepared to help you break the cycle.
Call 855-458-0050 to schedule your consultation. Together, we will help you beat your addiction so you can live a healthier, happier, and addiction-free life.