Clients and their families often wonder what to bring to inpatient treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Deciding to enter rehabilitation is an exciting time, but it’s also one that requires planning and care. This is why treatment centers create packing lists – to take out the guesswork and ensure that everyone’s stay is as safe and comfortable as possible.
Every treatment center is different, so be sure to check on their websites for a list of dos and don’ts before you check in. The below items are general guidelines that apply directly to Vista Taos. If you have any questions about something you’d like to bring along, our friendly admissions staff will be happy to provide you with answers.
Be Intentional and Engaged
The goal of addiction treatment to improve your personal health and wellbeing. This process involves a lot of introspection and requires complete focus on one thing: your healing. While attending group and individual therapy sessions, participating in recreational activities, and taking advantage of the many amenities available to you during your stay, it’s important to be fully engaged. This means that you should pack for Vista Taos intentionally: avoid bringing anything that could distract you from that focus.
Bring casual clothing that you’re comfortable in: think jeans, casual pants, sweatshirts, longer shorts or skirts. Opt for looser-fitting tops and bottoms instead of tighter-fitting ones. Laundry is done on-site, so don’t bring items requiring special care, like dry clean only shirts or dresses.
Seasonal items are also recommended when applicable. In the winter, we encourage clients to dress in layers (rather than in one big, heavy sweater). Gloves and a heavier coat would be useful for this time of year, and sunglasses are a great thing to remember year-round.
Don’t bring potentially inappropriate items such as tank tops, short shorts, muscle shirts, or other revealing pieces. Clothing also shouldn’t reference alcohol, sex, drugs, violence, or other topics considered unsuitable for a treatment environment.
Flat-soled, comfortable shoes and sneakers are Vista Taos’s recommendations for footwear. Many of our clients also pack boots for recreational activities. For swimming at the spa, one piece bathing suits are required for women and men must wear swim trunks.
Laundry facilities and supplies are provided, so you don’t need to worry about packing a ton of clothing – just bring enough for seven days.
Additional Necessities for Your Stay
Beyond clothing, it’s important to bring the personal care items you’ll need while staying at a residential treatment facility. These include hygiene basics like shampoo and conditioner, along with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t forget your hairbrush! Please also be sure to bring any prescription medications you are currently taking, still in their originally labeled containers.
Identification will also be needed during your stay, so pack your driver’s license (or other government-issued ID, such as a passport) and medical insurance card. Bring a list of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of those you’ll want to be involved in your treatment.
What Not to Bring to Treatment
Again, it’s important that your recovery is put first, especially while enrolled in an inpatient treatment program. There will be full days of sessions and activities to entertain you during your stay. Avoid bringing anything that could distract you. Leave expensive personal effects and electronics at home – this includes iPods, MP3 players, CD players, tape recorders, laptops, cameras, etc.
You also shouldn’t bring any consumable items with you to treatment. For example, steer clear of packing over the counter medications (this includes herbal remedies and vitamins), candy, and snacks. It also probably goes without saying not to pack illegal substances, cigars, rolling tobacco, e-cigs, or pipes, too.
Do I Need to Bring Cash to Rehab?
Some centers recommend small amounts of cash to shop on-site; at Vista Taos, we instead ask that you bring a credit card or prepaid debit card up to $200 in value. If you would like spending money for additional toiletries or postage, these cards are the best option. Please also be sure to have financial means available for other services as required – specifically medical or dental visits that require payment at the appointment. Valuables and these cards will all be kept in a safe during your stay.
Don’t forget to coordinate with friends, family, and employers before you leave for treatment! Arrange for someone to check your mail and keep an eye on your home; leave a key with them.
New Mexico Drug & Alcohol Rehab
If you’re seeking luxe accommodations and maximum comfort as you begin your journey to recovery, look no further than Vista Taos. With spectacular mountain views, a friendly atmosphere, and countless amenities, the Vista Taos experience is truly second to none. Speak with one of our friendly admissions counselors now by calling (575) 586-3102 or completing our confidential contact form.