2-3 weeks worth of clothes: Your stay in residential inpatient treatment will likely last longer than 2-3 weeks. Most facilities offer laundry services. Some treatment centers will have someone do your laundry for you. Many will have a laundry room on site where you can do your own laundry. Bring enough clothes to have daytime clothes for group sessions, and clothes to attend outside events in, like AA meetings.
Toiletries: You’ll need your basic toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant. Make-up and other toiletries can be brought as well. Be prepared for your toiletry bag to be searched regularly for hidden substances or razors.
Electric Shaver: Residential treatment can be a challenging process for some. Facilities are required to be mindful of suicide prevention. Regular razors will not be allowed in residential inpatient. Both men and women will need to use electric shavers.
Alcohol Free Mouthwash: Cravings can lead to desperate measures. Though it may seem difficult to comprehend drinking mouthwash for intoxication, many do. Residential inpatient facilities will require alcohol-free mouthwash, if any at all.
Sweatpants and Sweatshirt: You’re going to want to be comfortable. There will be days where it is hard to get dressed and go to group. Thankfully, treatment is not a fashion show. Bring your favorite, most comforting clothes. You’ll be glad you did.
Athletic wear: Regular exercise is a great asset to the recovery process. Treatment centers will have a gym or an exercise area to use recreationally. In addition, many treatment programs include exercise sessions of strength training, cardio, or yoga.
Bathing Suit: Aurora Recovery Center sits humbly upon a beautiful lake in Manitoba, Canada. We also have a full size swimming pool in our facility. Other treatment centers might have pools or near by water for swimming.
Versatile Shoes: From daily activity, to nighttime meetings, to exercise, to hikes in nature, you’ll need shoes that can do it all.
Journal: Journaling during the early recovery process of residential inpatient treatment is a healing practice. You may not feel you have anything left to say at the end of a day full of processing. Take the time to journal your thoughts. You can use journals to create gratitude lists so you stay grateful for this journey of recovery.
Cards from Home: Cards and other tokens from our friends and family are immensely helpful during challenging times in treatment.