When you or your loved one suffers from a drug addiction, knowing what to do next can be difficult. A premier drug rehabilitation center provides the help and support needed to overcome an addiction.
Making that first step towards recovery by entering rehab may be scary and confusing. Knowing what to bring and how to prepare before heading to a treatment center can make the process easier.
Read on for a comprehensive rehab checklist to prepare for the journey and set yourself or your loved one up for success.
In-House Rehab Checklist: What to Do Before You Enter
Before entering a rehab facility, you need to take care of business at home and work. Keep in mind these logistical details to deal with before your stay.
1. Take a Semester Off School
College students entering rehab need to speak to their guidance counselor or an administrator to take a semester off of school. It is impossible to be fully dedicated to both addiction recovery and coursework at the same time.
Avoid failing at either by taking time off of school to focus on recovery. Then return to school the next semester sober, healthier, and ready to succeed.
2. Put in Notice at Work
Did you know the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 legally protects your job while you enter addiction recovery? It provides you up to 12 weeks of medical leave and your job must comply.
Since substance abuse qualifies as a disability, your boss cannot fire you for seeking treatment. Prepare a plan for returning to work and find someone to cover your work in the meantime to not leave your boss and coworkers stuck.
3. Find Someone to Take Care of Familial Obligations
You must find someone to care for your elderly parents, children, or pets while you seek treatment. Do not feel guilty about temporarily leaving them because you will be able to better care for them after you get out. Be open and honest about the situation and try to give your loved ones realistic expectations regarding how often they will be able to speak with you.
4. Deal with Any Legal Issues
Speak to your attorney and deal with any legal issues that may need attention during your treatment. If you need to appear in court, an attorney can notify the court of your current treatment. Or you may need to find someone to appear on your behalf while in the center.
5. Don’t Forget Bills
You may be in drug rehab, but that does not mean the bills will stop. Find someone who you can trust to pay your bills or set up automatic payments. Take care of this for one less thing to worry about while in rehab.
6. Pack Appropriately
Every treatment center has specific rules concerning what items you may or may not bring during your stay. Be sure to choose clothing items or jewelry that you do not mind getting lost or hurt. Keep reading for a comprehensive in-house rehab checklist.
What to Bring to Rehab: Clothes
Bringing clothes from home can make you feel more comfortable during your stay. Remember most treatment centers have strict rules regarding clothing, so double check with the facility before you enter. Also, keep in mind that you should have access to laundry facilities, so you do not need to overpack.
When choosing clothes, stick with comfortable, easy-to-wash materials that require no special care. Bring about 7 days worth of outfits appropriate for the weather at the treatment center, including:
- Shirts – If you bring tank tops, be sure to also bring cardigans to wear over them to follow the dress code.
- Shorts – Check with the rehab center regarding the minimum length required.
- Shoes – Three pairs: one comfy pair for everyday wear, sneakers for sports/activities, and flip-flops for showering.
- At least one dressy outfit for special events or family nights
- Multiple pairs of socks
- Undergarments like underwear, bras, boxers, and briefs
- A bathing suit (Women usually must wear a one piece and men must wear full trunks.)
- Pajamas with tops and bottoms
- A jacket or coat
- A bathrobe
- A belt (Check with your rehab facility first since some do not allow belts.)
- A pair of slippers for walking inside
- Jewelry – Bring only what you wear every day and consider a necessity. Leave all other valuable items in a safe place at home.
What to Bring to Rehab: Personal Items
Most rehab facilities will provide a list of personal items to bring with you. Generally, they recommend that you bring the following items:
- Photographs of friends and loved ones to hang on the walls or keep close.
- A list of people you want to be involved in your addiction treatment including their name, home address, and phone number(s). Think friends, family, 12-step sponsors, other healthcare professionals, etc.
- Any prescription medication you currently take in the original pharmacy bottle with an intact information label. If you take a liquid medication, it must be in a new, sealed bottle. Bring a list of all your current medications and their dosages as well.
- An alarm clock without a radio. Many centers will provide one, but not all. Check with the treatment center first.
- A method to pay for treatment like a checkbook, debit card, or credit card.
- A little bit of cash for vending machines, store runs, etc. Only bring $50-$100 in small bills.
- A form of identification like a passport, driver’s license, or military I.D.
- Any and all insurance information, including your insurance card.
- A pre-paid calling card for making long-distance phone calls if your facility requires them.
- A journal or notebook for recording your thoughts during recovery.
- Stationary paper, envelopes, and stamps for mailing letters.
- Paperback books for entertainment. Check with your recovery center about what kinds of books you may bring. Many centers allow only books about recovery.
Choose a Recovery Center that Cares
Admitting you need help is never easy. When it comes to that point, you need to find a recovery center that truly cares about you as a person.
Our licensed professionals offer personalized treatment to address the underlying causes of your specific addiction.
Contact us today if you or a loved one needs help on their road to recovery. It’s time to be free.