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Packing for In-Patient Rehab

How to Pack for Rehab

After making the decision to attend treatment, final process of getting to treatment can be difficult. Packing to attend inpatient rehab can make many people emotional, its the final step before a whole new life will start.

The treatment center that you choose will provide you with a specific packing list. If you can’t find the list on the website, your center will send you a list with your admission paperwork.

Each treatment center will also have laundry facilities, so it will not be necessary to pack for 30 days. Instead, consider packing for one week while making a plan to do laundry on the weekends.

If the treatment center is in a cooler climate, remember to pack warm clothes and a jacket. Many treatment teams prefer to spend time outdoors, so consider climate as you begin packing.

Lastly, facilities are concerned about the risks of drugs entering the facility, so they will request that all toiletries are new and unopened upon check-in. Your belongings will be reviewed by staff at that time.

What to Bring to Rehab


1. A week’s worth of comfortable, non-revealing clothing free of offensive language and drug-related references. This may include pants, non-sleeveless shirts, jackets, undergarments, socks, and shorts of appropriate material and length

2. Comfortable shoes for every day wear, athletic shoes for outdoor activities, and flip flops for the shower.

3. Comfortable sweatpants and a pullover

Hygiene And Beauty Products

Thirty days worth of toiletries including:

1. Deodorant

2. Toothbrush and toothpaste

3. Shampoo and conditioner

4. Comb/brush

5. Feminine hygiene products

6. Lotion

7. Sunscreen

Please check to ensure that the products that you bring are alcohol free; especially watch out for mouth wash.


1. All prescription medications in their original packaging

2. A list of prescribed medications with dosages, the name of the prescribing physician, and the address and phone number of your pharmacy

The facility may request that new over-the-counter medications be purchased though the pharmacy that the facility uses. There will be an ordering and filling process, typically there is a pharmacy that delivers daily to a facility and you can order what you may need.

Important Documents

1. Identification, such as a driver’s license/or state ID

2. Health insurance card

3. Method of payment (cash, credit/debit card)

Miscellaneous items

  1. A journal or sketchbook
  2. A few books

What Not to Bring to Rehab

1. Drugs and/or alcohol

2. Narcotics or prohibited prescriptions

3. Weapons (guns, knives, sharp objects, etc.)

4. Pornography

6. Toiletries and beauty products that contain alcohol (mouthwash, perfume, etc.)

7. Aerosol products

8. Food and/or drinks

9. Some electronic devices (cellphones, video games/consoles, laptops, DVDs, etc.). All facilities will have limits on the usages of electronics. Many addictive behaviors happen on cellphones and, in order to truly detox and to focus on yourself and your therapy, you need to take time away from your cell phone.

Facilities understand, however, that you have work and family commitments, so each facility handles phone and computer use in individual ways. Talk to admissions about their specific policies. 

As you’re looking over this list, you may have specific questions about specific items, so it’s important to keep in mind that every rehab center has different rules. If you’re uncertain about the rules for your facility, call ahead or check the website.

About Suntra and Adam Banks

Adam Banks is a certified interventionist and recovery coach at Suntra Modern Recovery.  He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and built a company, which United Health Care acquired. He learned his rigor and attention to detail from his career as an airline pilot, holding an ATP, the FAA’s highest license.

Today Adam is dedicated to working with individuals that want to change their relationship to drinking.  Families to help untangle crisis situations through a loving and inclusive approach to interventions often call Adam Banks.  Adam often engages in coaching executives, pilots, and physicians in recovery.

Suntra offers a free video course for families considering hosting an intervention for a family member.

Suntra Modern Recovery provides medical treatment for alcohol and opiate addictions via video visit with medical doctors. Suntra’s alcohol and drug intervention services are available locally in New York, Long Island, the Hamptons as well as nationally and internationally. Treatment for alcohol, opiate and heroin addiction, including Suboxone treatment, can start today.

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