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Women’s Residential Rehab: What Can I Bring with Me?

Entering women’s residential rehab entails starting a new life while leaving the old addiction lifestyle behind. This transition happens on multiple levels in terms of your state of mind, your appearance as well as your daily habits and routines.

In like manner, the things you bring to rehab play into this transition period and should ultimately reinforce your purpose for being there, according to the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. While dictating what you can and can’t bring may seem restrictive at the outset, more often than not, it’s the little the things that can make or break your efforts in recovery.

Understanding the overall purpose for women’s residential rehab can make it easier to comply with program requirements and also make the recovery process smoother overall.

Please feel free to call our helpline at 888-821-1257 Who Answers? for more information on women’s residential rehab options.

The Purpose of Women’s Residential Rehab Treatment

The addiction lifestyle works in much the same way as any other type of lifestyle, creating its own set of friends, activities and daily routines along the way. Women who’ve struggled with addiction for years or even months at a time have essentially become different people in terms of thinking, motivations and overall behavior, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Women’s residential rehab treatment provides an environment where a woman can replace this addiction-based lifestyle with a healthy mindset that supports drug-free living on an ongoing basis. Likewise, what you can and can’t bring with you to rehab has more to do with any one item’s effect on your recovery progress than anything else.

What You Can Bring


The amount of clothing to pack depends on how long you’ll be staying in women’s residential rehab. For a 30-day stay, a weeks worth of clothing should suffice as residential programs do provide laundry facilities.

Clothing items allowed include the following:

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Knowing what to bring will help you feel comfortable at rehab.

  • Shirts that don’t overexpose the body
  • Shorts (not too short)
  • One or two dress outfits for special events like family night
  • Pajamas
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Slippers
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Pants

Personal Hygiene Products

Regardless of the type of addiction involved, most women’s residential rehab programs prohibit alcohol-containing products on the premises. So any hygiene products you bring must be alcohol-free. Likewise, aerosol products are also prohibited.

Personal hygiene products to bring include:

  • Lotions
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Brushes and combs
  • Toothpaste and brush
  • Feminine products
  • Makeup
  • Hair products
  • Sunscreen

Miscellaneous Items

  • Cash for snack machines and store purchases
  • Basic alarm clock (no radio)
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of people you want to be involved in your treatment, such as family, friends, sponsors and health care providers)
  • I.D. cards and insurance card
  • Prescription medications (must be in original pharmacy bottle)
  • List of medications and prescribed dosage amounts
  • Pictures of friends and loved ones
  • Everyday jewelry items, such as a wedding ring
  • A notebook journal
  • Reading materials, provided their about recovery


The addiction recovery process can be challenging in terms of the degree of change that must take place in order for you to overcome a drug or alcohol problem. Seemingly harmless, inconsequential items you’ve used everyday can unknowingly tap into emotional issues that fuel a substance abuse problem. For these reasons, women’s residential rehab programs enforce strict guidelines as to what you can and cannot bring.

If you’re considering getting treatment and need help finding a program that meets your needs, call our helpline at 888-821-1257 Who Answers? to speak with one of our addiction counselors.

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