What To Bring

We care about the safety of our staff, patients, and their loved ones. While in treatment, we want our patients to have everything they need but there are some items that should be left at home. Below is a list of items that are acceptable and those that are not appropriate to bring to residential treatment.

Residential drug treatment programs may offer:

  • Medical detox
  • Individual therapy
  • Medication management
  • Family or couples counseling
  • Addiction education
  • Skills-building sessions
  • Follow-up care
  • Referrals to support groups

Approved & Prohibited Items*

APPROVED ITEMS
  • Casual attire, modest bathing suit, workout clothing
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Picture ID
  • Approved prescription medication (will be locked in office)
  • Insurance card and sufficient money to cover cost of medications
  • Spending money (will be locked in office)
  • Personal MP3 Player (without internet access)
  • Gum
PROHIBITED ITEMS
  • Alcohol or non-prescription/illegal drugs
  • Aerosol cans
  • Perfumes or any product containing alcohol
  • Revealing clothing
  • Clothing with alcohol or drug logos/graphics
  • Outside food, candy, or drinks
  • Magazines, books, or videos with sexual content
  • Guns, knives, fireworks, or any item of potential danger or commonly used as a weapon

*The above lists identify items that are approved to bring to treatment and those which are prohibited. However, these lists may be partial depending on which facility you or your loved one attends. Prior to intake, our admissions staff provides clients with a more detailed list of important items to bring, as well as a list of items that are prohibited from facility grounds.

The use of electronic devices is prohibited during the initial detox period. After detox, electronic devices may be used during designated times and under close supervision from facility staff. This is for the patient’s safety and wellbeing. Each facility’s specific policy on electronics is a little different, so if it’s important to the patient they should ask detailed questions of the admissions staff before choosing a facility.

Learn More About Our Treatment Programs

American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a wide range of alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs. Based on patients, treatment programs are tailored to address substance abuse and any additional co-occurring health concerns.

At AAC we offer different levels of care in the effort to help every patient address their specific needs during recovery. Some of these levels include:

FAQs About What to Bring

Q: I want my loved one to have spending money, but I’m worried the money won’t make it to the facility with them. How can I avoid this?

A: You can set up an account directly with the facility where there is a designated staff member to keep up with such funds.

Last Updated on December 17, 2019
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