Residential drug and alcohol rehab programs in Boston last for at least 30 days, with many lasting for as long as 90 or 180 days. Unless you’re going to a luxury rehab facility, chances are you will want to take some personal items with you, just to make the experience a little bit more comfortable.
Below are some recommendations of what you should and shouldn’t take with you. Please note that every rehab program is different. You may want to contact the facility ahead of time to make sure you don’t unintentionally bring any prohibited items.
The items below are the things that you should not leave home without. Chances are the rehab program will give you a more specific list of things to pack, especially if they have a specific dress code or treatment philosophy. That said, if for some reason they don’t provide a specific list of things to bring, try to include the things below:
Most rehab programs recognize that the residents may not always have an ideal home situation. Many residents may not even have a home, to begin with. For that reason, even if you forget to take these important things with you, you can rest assured that the staff will most likely make sure you have access to whatever you need.
Of course, this may lead to a less than ideal rehab experience, so you or a trusted family member or friend should at least try to get the necessary personal effects in place before you go.
Below are items that are generally not allowed in most residential drug and alcohol rehab programs. Chances are your rehab program will provide a comprehensive list of prohibited items. Most of the items are considered to have a potential for abuse or be an excessive distraction from the recovery process.
Visitors will be likewise barred from bringing these items to restricted areas within the rehab facility. These items are generally confiscated and returned upon leaving.
If you unintentionally bring any of these items, don’t worry. Most confiscated items, perhaps save for perishables or drugs, are going to be returned upon checkout.
The items below may or may not be permitted, depending on the rehab program.
For example, laptops and cellphones are generally not allowed in most rehabs as they can be a serious distraction and may be used to communicate with one’s drug dealers. However, some rehabs in remote areas which purposely have no internet connections may allow these devices as basic entertainment at designated times. Some programs may even allow wider use of the devices if the rehab allows residents to work remotely.
Some of the other objects in the list are generally allowed at most rehabs but may be restricted in the first few weeks as they may be used for self-harm. Other programs still may restrict these items for the entire duration.
Hopefully, you found this quick guide useful. If you’re interested in a specific rehab experience in the New England area, our team at Boston Drug Rehab Centers is ready to help you find the facilities you need.