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What To Bring to Rehab

Preparing for rehab can bring up a lot of anxious thoughts, feelings, and emotions. In order to ease some of the uncertainty, it’s important to know what to bring to rehab so you can make the most out of your stay.

Rehab Is a Unique Treatment Pathway

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is non-linear, and treatment pathways should be highly personalized. Different pathways of recovery can include professional clinical treatment like rehab, use of medications, family and peer support, faith-based approaches, 12-Step programs, and more.

“Rehab,” however, is most often associated with residential treatment. This type of treatment pathway gives you several benefits, including a highly structured environment and 24/7, around-the-clock care.

What Should I Bring to Rehab?

When it comes to packing for rehab, it’s important to first learn about any guidelines your addiction treatment center may have. Each and every program will have its own set of rules and suggestions. A great first step is to ask the rehab facility you’re attending or do some online research.

As far as packing goes, you’re going to want to bring comfortable clothing, shoes, and toiletries. It’s also a good idea to pack some personal items, but be mindful of the type of items permitted by your program.

Clothing to Bring to Rehab

It’s important to be conscious about the clothing you’re going to bring to rehab. You’re going to want to be as comfortable as possible. You will also want outfits that can translate from day to night, as well as indoor and outdoor attire.

At The Guest House, we encourage our guests to bring comfortable, casual clothes. It’s also a good idea to bring workout attire if you’d like to participate in yoga or our other physical therapies.

Comfortable Clothes for Outdoor Activities

We also offer outdoor activities, like equine and adventure therapy, where you will want to be as comfortable as possible. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to pack accordingly.

Please note: At The Guest House, we also suggest that guests bring no more than ten days’ worth of clothes so they can easily fit into a large suitcase and carry on. We have washers and dyers right on the premises, so you don’t have to worry about having dirty clothes!

Toiletries and Accessories to Bring to Rehab

Many rehab programs will provide you with toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and shampoo. It’s important to check out the policy on toiletries before you go.

At The Guest House, you can bring your own toiletries as long as they do not contain any alcohol in the ingredients. We enforce this policy because we want to ensure a safe space where you are completely free from substances and items that may trigger a desire to use.

Blankets and Bedding

You may want to bring a favorite pillow, blanket, or other item with you when you attend rehab. Again, be sure to check the individual program policy regarding these types of items.

The Guest House provides plenty of pillows, blankets, and bedding to our guests. We also understand that these items may hold sentimental value, so we encourage you to bring your own if you choose!

Sentimental Items

We also encourage you to bring other small, sentimental items to help you feel at home. Many of our guests will bring along items like stuffed animals and photos that help them feel safe and comfortable. Specifically, our program will ask you to bring old photos of yourself if possible. We use these for therapeutic purposes during your treatment journey.

At The Guest House, our staff will help you get any necessities should the need arise. You don’t have to worry about feeling “stuck” either. You can go out to the store while attending our program.

Preparing Emotionally for Rehab

The rehab experience is about way more than the physical items you will bring. It may feel completely unknown to you and even a bit frightening. Just know that these feelings are completely normal, and however you feel is perfectly okay.

It’s a great idea to start preparing yourself emotionally before you go to rehab. You may want to set aside time with yourself to take inventory of your fears, your desires, and your needs. Consciously acknowledging your thoughts and emotions will go a long way as you embark on your treatment journey.

Importance of a Positive Mindset

A positive mindset can be one of your greatest tools in finding lasting success. According to Addiction & Health, positive thinking can decrease anxiety and depression while increasing “life satisfaction, psychological health, hope and happiness of people.” This increase in hope and quality of life can “play a significant role in improving the mental health of drug addicts.”

You may even want to make a list of the positive outcomes and goals that you’d like to achieve during your time in rehab. This will help you train your mind to look for all the positives and set you up for lasting success.

Making the Best Out of Treatment at The Guest House

At The Guest House, you can rest easy knowing your rehab stay will be full of comfort and completely customizable to your unique needs. Our treatment program is not like the rest. Here, you will find an innovative blend of holistic and traditional therapies that aim to help you heal your mind, body, and soul together as one.

Modalities like conscious connected breathwork and somatic therapy help you move deep-rooted traumas and other stuck energy in your body. Meditation and yoga can help you establish a more profound spiritual connection. Outdoor programs like adventure therapy will teach you survival skills and help you form lifelong bonds with your peers. No matter what your unique journey may look like, there is something that will allow everyone to heal and grow at The Guest House.

Figuring out what to bring to rehab beforehand can help ease many of the stressors and anxieties that come along with knowing you’re about to embark on a new journey. At The Guest House, we encourage our guests to bring comfortable clothing, along with any sentimental items that will help you transition into treatment and make you feel more at home. We offer plenty of amenities, so you don’t have to worry about grabbing them at the last minute. Once you have “moved in” for your stay, you will find a wide variety of innovative therapeutic modalities to help you find lasting success along your treatment journey. Call us today at (855) 483-7800.