What to Bring
Entering treatment can be a transformative experience for those who are struggling. It is a time to focus on healing, self-improvement, and rebuilding your life. If you are preparing to enter a mental health treatment center, it is important to pack appropriately to ensure that you have everything you need during your stay. Here is a list of items to consider bringing:
- Identification and insurance cards: You will need to provide identification and insurance information to the treatment center upon arrival. Make sure you have these documents easily accessible.
- Comfortable clothing: Bring comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the climate and season. You will likely be spending a lot of time indoors, so comfortable clothes are a must.
- Toiletries: Bring your own toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and any other personal hygiene items you may need.
- Prescription medications: If you are taking prescription medications, be sure to bring them with you. The treatment center will need to know what medications you are taking and may need to monitor them during your stay.
- Medical records: Bring any medical records related to your addiction, including any test results, diagnoses, or treatment plans.
- Reading material: Bring books, magazines, or other reading materials to help pass the time.
- Journal or notebook: Consider bringing a journal or notebook to write down your thoughts and feelings during your stay.
- Phone charger: Bring a phone charger to ensure that you can stay connected with loved ones and support systems.
- Snacks: Some treatment centers may allow you to bring your own snacks. Check with the center beforehand to see if this is allowed.
- Comfort items: Bring any comfort items that will help you feel at ease, such as a favorite blanket or pillow.
It is important to note that different treatment centers may have specific guidelines on what items are allowed or prohibited. Be sure to check with Valor Behavioral Health before you pack to ensure that you are not bringing any prohibited items. Additionally, keep in mind that treatment centers vary in terms of amenities, so some items on this list may not be necessary. Overall, packing for a mental health center should be a thoughtful and intentional process, focusing on the items that will help you feel comfortable and supported during your stay.