As a general rule of thumb, only bring along the necessities. Some examples of what to bring to drug and alcohol rehab include:
- Comfortable clothing; bring along clothing without any graphics or offensive words. Be sure to pack some athletic clothing as well, seeing as many residential rehabs offer clients the opportunity to go to the gym or participate in other recreational activities.
- Bring along a journal and writing utensils, but leave all electronics at home. Most rehab centers do not allow their clients to access their cell phones in an attempt to reduce outside distractions and allow for full focus on recovery.
- If you are currently taking any medications, bring those along — but expect the clinical staff to hold onto whatever medication you bring and administer it as needed.
- Bring along toiletries, including toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, a hair brush, etc. Avoid bringing perfume, cologne, mouthwash, or any other alcohol-containing product.
Keep in mind the fact that you will be engaged in intensive therapy and group workshops for the majority of your stay in drug and alcohol rehab. You will not have an excessive amount of downtime, so you don’t need to worry about entertaining yourself. You might choose to bring along a book to read in the evenings, though outside literature often needs to be approved by the treatment team. If you have any additional questions about what to bring to rehab, contact us today.
What Should I Expect After Rehab?
Once you complete medical detox and inpatient treatment, you will be faced with several options. First of all, you can continue your treatment journey and enter into a step-down level of care like OP, PHP or IOP. You might choose to continue with individual therapy and stay engaged in a 12 Step program of your choosing while living in a sober living home for several months. The good news is, you will not have to make this decision on your own. At Guardian IOP we are happy to help our clients determine the next step on their personal journeys of addiction recovery. Because everyone is different, no two journeys will look exactly the same. We cater to the individual needs of each client while setting them up for long-term success in sobriety.