One of the most important steps in preparing to go to a treatment center is properly packing clothes. Bringing the right kind and amount of clothes ensures that you will be comfortable throughout your stay. Many drug and alcohol treatment centers only allow you to bring in enough clothes for one week, so bringing the right ones is critical to your success. Comfortable is key.
Everything that you pack should be your correct size and easily washable. You share treatment centers with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Some clothing is considered offensive or an invite for inappropriate behaviors and comments. What type of clothes should you bring to a treatment center? Items to pack include:
- Daily wear, consisting of a shirt, underwear, socks, and pants for every day;
- Temperature appropriate clothing, such as a pair of shorts, coats, and warm hats;
- Accessories, such as bathrobes to ensure privacy, a belt, a pair of comfortable slippers, and shower shoes, and;
- Clothing for physical exercise, including bathing suits for swimming, if available.
Clothes to Avoid
Clothing should not be inappropriate. If you are unsure of what is allowed, treatment facilities can provide you with their dress codes. Remember the skirt length rules from high school? A general guide is to refrain from packing clothes that would not be acceptable to wear in school. Some inappropriate items include halter tops, miniskirts, and clothing with drug or sexually suggestive designs. Additionally, you should avoid packing clothing that is too tight or suggestive. Your daily wear in a treatment center should be modest and comfortable. It is also recommended to leave all jewelry, cash, electronics, and other expensive items at home. Finally, books, magazines, and journals are allowed and advised to help pass free time.
Following this guide will make your transition to a treatment center smooth and keep you comfortable throughout your stay. The right clothes prevent harmful distractions and potential conflicts from occurring throughout your stay. Being comfortable is important in ensuring you get the most out of your time in treatment. Reading this guide is only the first step. Are you ready to take the next step? Your battle with addiction ends today. Let us help you finish your journey. Call one of our counselors today at 833-610-1174.