What you should and shouldn’t pack for treatment

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While there are many ways to overcome addiction, inpatient care is widely seen as the most effective means of recovery. By receiving treatment at our inpatient drug rehab in Utah, patients will benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that consists of individual counseling, group therapy, and a variety of alternative and complementary treatments. The idea behind inpatient care is that individuals can focus on recovery in a safe, drug-free, supportive environment. And with a person’s experience at a drug rehab having such a pivotal role in his or her success in recovery, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for your stay at an inpatient treatment center.

It can be difficult to prepare for a trip knowing that you’ll be away from home for at least a few weeks. What if you forget something that you need? Or what if you bring too many of your belongings? Since packing for treatment is arguably the most important thing you’ll do to prepare for recovery, the following are suggestions of things you should pack as well as some suggestions of things that you shouldn’t pack.

Identification and insurance cards

For the past few years, substance abuse treatment has an essential health benefit. This means that many private and government health insurance plans offer coverage for addiction treatment, making rehabilitation much more affordable and attainable to those in need. If you’re someone who has health insurance of some kind, you should make sure to bring your insurance cards with you to treatment. These cards will likely be needed at some point during the intake process and are otherwise just good to have on your person while completing treatment. Similarly, you’ll want to be sure to bring some type of federal identification, whether it’s a driver’s license or state ID or some other form of official identification; this will help to verify your identity as you enroll at our inpatient drug rehab in Utah.

Sufficient clothing for your stay

Many of us have a tendency to overpack when we go on vacation. We think about the various situations we might encounter and dread the possibility of needing something we don’t have with us. However, while inpatient care is similarly for self-reflection and revitalization, your clothing needs will surely be much simpler than your last vacation. As such, most patients are encouraged to bring approximately one week’s worth of outfits to treatment. Of course, most inpatient programs will last at least a few weeks or more, so this means that you should bring laundry supplies with you, too; detergent and fabric softener are so that patients can wash their clothes weekly, allowing them to rotate their supply of clothes while keeping them fresh and clean.

Although a week’s worth of clothing is a good rule of them, there are some specific items you’ll want to make sure you bring. Perhaps most importantly, patients are advised to bring a minimum of seven sets of undergarments and socks. There should be seven shirts and seven pairs of pants in your suitcase. Additionally, it may be a good idea to bring a jacket and a light sweater in the event that there would be outdoor activities or for if you happen to become cool at some point during any given day.

Medication and multivitamins

While this doesn’t apply to all patients, those individuals who are prescribed daily medications will want to make sure to bring those medications with them for treatment. For instance, patients who take psychotropic medications or who are on medication for chronic conditions like diabetes or a thyroid disorder should make bringing their prescription medications a top priority. However, it’s important to remember that all prescribed medications must be contained in the bottles provided by the pharmacy, showing the name of the prescribing physicians as well as all related dates and dosing information.

If any over-the-counter medications or vitamins are necessary, they must also be in their original containers. For liquid medications, the container must be brand new and unopened.

Personal hygiene products and toiletries

Maintaining one’s personal hygiene is always important, but it’s particularly essential when staying in a group living situation as is the case with our inpatient drug rehab in Utah. As a courtesy to your fellow patients, we encourage incoming patients to bring all the hygiene products and toiletries that may be necessary. This includes things like shampoo, body wash, a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, a hairbrush, lotion, and deodorant. Transport will occasionally be provided to nearby general stores so patients can buy certain items as they become needed, but it’s a good idea to bring all the hygiene products you may need and simply replenish if or when it becomes necessary.

Money and possibly a credit card or checkbook

Even if you’re not paying for treatment out of your own pocket, it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you to treatment. Typically, it’s recommended that patients bring between $50 and $100, broken into small bills for convenience. This money will allow patients to buy hygiene products and other items as they are needed, or to purchase snacks when they opportunity arises. Similarly, patients who take prescription medications might consider bringing a credit card or checkbook in the event that a prescription would need to be refilled. Alternately, some patients may choose to take medication as part of the treatment process, so having a credit card or checkbook would allow them to make the necessary payments for those medications.

Miscellaneous items

Beyond all the items patients need, there are some additional things that you may want to bring. Many patients enjoy writing letters to family members, close friends, and other loved ones, so bringing some paper, envelopes, and stamps would be a good idea. Additionally, it’s common for patients to write in a journal or notebook to chronicle their thoughts and feelings during the recovery process, so we might also recommend bringing a blank journal. If you plan to have loved ones participate in certain treatments, you should also bring a list that contains their contact information.

What you shouldn’t bring

Don’t bring your dog.

While there are certain things that are important to bring to treatment, it’s important to be aware of the things that patients aren’t allowed to bring for one reason or another. Of course, the most obvious is alcohol and drugs. Additionally, most treatment facilities don’t allow patients to bring electronics like laptops and cell phones.  It’s also a good idea to be conscientious when it comes to the clothing you bring; avoid bringing T-shirts that feature profanity or offensive language.

Weapons are not allowed at your inpatient drug rehab in Utah; they are a danger to you, your fellow patients, and the staff members at Pinnacle Recovery Center. Patients should also avoid bringing revealing clothing, playing cards, video game systems, pornography, food, and drinks, unapproved and/or previously opened medications, and cleaning supplies.

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