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What Should I Bring to Detox and Treatment?

What to Bring to Detox and Treatment

Many people may ask, “What should I bring to detox to best prepare me for the treatments to follow?”. Knowing what to bring to rehab can make the recovery process much easier. At Banyan Boca behavioral health, we offer personalized detox and mental health treatment, aiding patients in achieving their sobriety and overcoming their struggles, and have put together some important notes for packing up to visit our facility below. 

Think Comfortably 

For patients at our Florida mental health rehab, it’s important to dress for comfort above all else. Make sure you bring cozy outfits that are not restricting. It is crucial to be relaxed when undergoing therapy or working through our detox programs. Do make sure that the clothing you’re bringing with you is not suggestive. It’s also important to ensure that your clothing does not contain offensive messages, such as prints with foul language. It can be extremely distracting for others to be surrounded by vulgar messages and symbolism, which leads us to encourage patients to avoid doing so.  

With these guidelines in mind, you can determine exactly what clothing items you should pack when preparing for rehab. These can include: 

  • Shirts  
  • Pants 
  • Shorts 
  • Socks and underclothing 
  • Pajamas 
  • A coat or jacket 
  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Belt 
  • A semi-formal outfit 

Additional comfortable items include ones that are emotionally reassuring, such as photos of friends, family, and loved ones. Bring photos of those that you’re thinking of and the ones supporting you through your recovery. You may also consider packing a favorite stuffed animal or blanket to have a memento of home during your recovery. 

Follow the Rules  

It is important not only to consider what to pack for rehab but what to leave behind as well. There are some items that are not allowed within our facility, such as drugs and drug paraphernalia. Other items, such as mouthwash containing alcohol, are not allowed. 

Other items worth leaving at home include: 

  • Electronic cigarettes: Although a number of rehab facilities allow the use of tobacco products, vaping devices are typically not included. This is likely due to the fact that nicotine is more easily swapped out for cannabis cartridges, therefore causing more issues when inside the facility.  
  • Weapons: Please leave all weapons at home. This can range from scissors to knives or any other sharp objects and especially firearms. Even an item that is as seemingly harmless as a nail clipper could be restricted, so you may fare better to check ahead of time or leave the item at home. 
  • Expensive items: This can include jewelry, shoes, and large sums of cash. Additionally, patients are encouraged to leave electronics, such as game consoles and tablets, at home. This is done in an effort to limit distractions while focusing on recovery. 
  • Any kind of unapproved medication: If you have unopened medications or vitamins that you wish to bring, it is imperative that you advise our staff before entering the facility. Our staff will then be able to administer these medications as needed. 
  • Candles or incense: While these items are commonly used to destress, they are still fire hazards that are not permitted at most facilities.  
  • Alcohol, drugs, and narcotics: While this is self-explanatory, people still believe a last-minute binge could help them transition. Regardless of the legality of the substance in question, doing this can create a variety of issues not only for yourself but for other patients and staff as well. 
  • Food or drinks: Outside meals and beverages are typically barred from most rehab programs. This is because nutritious meals, snacks, and drinks will be provided in order to complement your treatment plan. Should you have special dietary restrictions, being in contact with our team ahead of time will give us the opportunity to tailor meals to your needs. 

If you’re unsure whether or not an item is approved, contact us directly to ask an admission professional. We will be happy to let you know more about which items are restricted in our facility, as well as why certain items are restricted. 

Bring Something to Read  

When deciding what to bring to detox, remember that there can be a considerable amount of downtime between our Florida mental health services, whether it’s between meetings or in the evenings. This downtime can be utilized to help you work more towards your sobriety. Many patients choose to bring approved self-help books to our detox programs in Boca, as these books can reinforce quality lessons in recovery. You can also bring a journal with some pens, so you can begin journaling during your treatment.  

Downtime can be used for important self-reflection, which is a cornerstone of successful addiction care. To be able to sit with one's own thoughts, you are then able to extract any important information and lessons that otherwise may be lost throughout the busy day. Journaling serves as an activity that forces us to slow down, look at recent personal events, learn what we need from them, and reset for the next day. 

Get the Care Your Deserve With Banyan  

Our facilities are equipped to help patients tackle a variety of mental illnesses and struggles. No matter the level of care that you end up in, our team of highly trained professionals will be with you every step of the way. Whether working through opiate detox programs, continuing care, IOP, or anything in between, it’s important to be prepared.  

If you are still finding yourself asking, “what should I pack for detox?” call our admissions team today to learn more about what is acceptable to bring for your visit. Finally, the most important thing that you should bring with you is a positive attitude and a willingness to participate in your treatment. This has the potential to be one of the most transformative experiences of your life, and we look forward to being a part of your story. 

Call Banyan Boca mental health at 888-280-4763 to learn more about our treatment facility and detox programs. 


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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
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