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What Can’t I Bring to My Rehab Center?

Many people consider what they should bring to their rehab center before treatment, but some forget that there are prohibited items as well that will not be allowed in the facility. It is important to know what not to bring to your rehab facility before you begin treatment. If you are looking for safe, reliable care in order to recover from your addiction, call 800-481-6320 now.

Where Are You Going?

Depending on your rehab program and what it entails, you may want to bring different items. For example, if you are attending treatment in an outpatient center, you will not need to bring clothes, stamps and envelopes, and other things you will need if you are staying in a residential care facility.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Long-term residential treatment provides care 24 hours a day, generally in non-hospital setting,” and packing for these facilities is often the most important.

Always make sure you have the things you will need in order to feel comfortable and to take care of yourself in your rehab center, especially if you are staying there and away from home. However, almost every facility has a list of items that cannot be brought inside.

What Not to Bring to Rehab

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Your rehab may have particular rules about what you can and cannot bring.

Some of the items one should not bring to a rehab center are obvious. Drugs and alcohol of any kind are strictly prohibited and one should never attempt to smuggle these items into a rehab center.

If you are taking a specific medication that your doctor approves, you may be able to bring it.

You must never bring any type of substance into the program without the clear permission of the staff and your personal rehab physician.

Other items you must not bring into your rehab center include:

  • Food and drinks
  • Electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.
  • Aerosol cans or sprays
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Sharp objects or anything that can be made into a weapon
  • Actual weapons (guns, knives, etc.)
  • Nail polish, acetone, or polish remover
  • Video game systems, televisions, radios, etc.
  • Pornography
  • Musical instruments
  • Fans
  • Herbal products or supplements (unless approved by staff)
  • Games of chance, dice, and playing cards
  • Anything containing alcohol (including mouthwash, beauty products, etc.)
  • Clothing that is revealing, displays profanity, or may be offensive in any way

According to the NIDA, “Drug treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug seeking and use” as well as to avoid any other dangerous behavioral addictions (gambling, sex, etc.).

Items that encourage this, or that are likely to offend people, will all be prohibited from any rehab facility, which is especially important to remember if you will be staying at the center. If you have a question about a specific item you do not see here, it is probably best not to bring it, although you can ask the staff of the facility before you arrive for your first session.

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