Whether the idea of checking into a rehab center for substance abuse treatment feels like a relief or seems a little daunting, it's important to give some consideration to what you'll pack for your upcoming stay. You should know that your suitcase will be carefully inspected by rehab center staff — this is a measure designed to prevent people from sneaking in contraband items. Before you begin the process of packing, it's worthwhile to check the rehab facility's website to learn what items you shouldn't bring with you. Once you've familiarized yourself with the items that are prohibited, you can pack your personal effects, including these things.
If you haven't previously written in a diary, now can be a good time to start. Purchasing a diary and packing it in your suitcase before your stay in a rehab facility is a good idea because journal writing is often encouraged at such facilities. You'll often have some quiet time each day to note your thoughts. While writing can be cathartic at the time, this diary can also be valuable in the future. For example, when you write how you feel as you begin to live a sober lifestyle, you can go back and review these sentiments later on if you feel compelled to begin using drugs or alcohol again.
Physical exercise is often encouraged as part of the daily routine at rehab centers. Working out can relax your mind, improve your physical health, and hopefully even create some healthy new habits that you can continue beyond your stay at the rehab center. Pick some athletic attire — items that are light fitting, breathable, and allow for a full range of motion when you move. You may also wish to pack a yoga mat if you have one, as many rehab centers have activities such as yoga.
When you're putting together your clothing for your stay in the rehab center, include some comfy garments that make you feel good. This could be an oversized sweater that you've enjoyed wearing on chilly fall nights or a housecoat that is fuzzy and comforting. There's a certain degree of comfort that can be derived from wearing certain clothing. Dressing comfortably during your group and one-on-one sessions, as well as during your spare time in your own room, can make you feel physically good, which is important during your stay at the rehab facility.