Packing up and heading to rehab for a short or long-term stay can be an exciting time. Knowing that you’ll be in a safe and structured environment with substance use professionals and that you’re being proactive in your recovery, can offer a sense of relief and hope.
Here at Into Action Recovery Society, we thrive on helping each client know what to expect ahead of time so that you get the most out of the rehab experience. This includes letting you know what to bring for your stay, as well as what you shouldn’t bring. Be sure you go over the list and pack the things that will help you have a more enjoyable stay.
The following are the necessary, helpful items you should pack when you attend our recovery facility.
What To Bring To Your Recovery Stay
- A list of phone numbers of your closest family members and physician
- Birth certificate
- Insurance card or provincial health card (if you have one)
- Make a list of any medical conditions that we would benefit from knowing about, such as diabetes, seizures, anxiety disorders, etc.
- Bring enough clothes to get you through the rehab stay. Be sure they are seasonally appropriate, such as a hat, gloves, and warm coat for cold weather and shorts, t-shirts for hot weather. You may also want to pack clothes and tennis shoes that can be worn for physical activity, like exercising, yoga, etc.
- Pack your preferred hygiene products, including toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
- Bring several photos of loved ones that inspire you, such as your children, partner/spouse, parents, siblings, friends, pet, etc.
- If you’re a reader, feel free to bring several books or magazines to read at your leisure.
- Recreational items that you enjoy, such as puzzles, adult colouring books, or art supplies.
- A journal or notebook
What Not To Bring To Your Recovery Stay
As with any Vancouver rehab stay, there are certain things that we don’t allow anyone to bring. The reasoning behind this is that over the years, we’ve learned what types of things aren’t always helpful or safe for clients to bring – for themselves or others. And, we understand that the best way to facilitate your recovery journey is by NOT allowing the following things to be brought:
- Technology items to include computers, tablets, cell phones, video games, and video recorders
- Weapons of any kind or things that could be used as a weapon
- Alcohol or drugs
- Anything related to gambling, such as playing cards, poker chips, dice, etc.
- Expensive items, including jewelry, keepsakes, etc. Also, large amounts of cash.
- Food and drinks
- Aerosol products
- Incense, candles
- Mouth wash containing alcohol
If you have a question regarding what you may or may not bring, please give us a call. We’d be happy to assist you.