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What to Bring to Rehab: 7 Items to Help Make Rehab Feel More Like Home

A man sitting at a desk in his room in rehab, reading one of his favorite books.
Bringing some of your personal belongings to rehab with you can help make the experience more relaxing.

There’s truth to the phrase “there’s no place like home”. Home is where you can sleep in your own cozy bed every night, it’s where you can curl up on the couch to watch your favorite TV show and it offers a sense of safety and security you don’t feel anywhere else.

We love our homes so much that we naturally bring pieces of it with us wherever we go. At the office, we decorate our desks with photos of loved ones and memories. And when we go on vacation or travel, we carry pictures of home in our wallets or choose an Airbnb over a hotel to get as close to a home-like atmosphere as possible.

Any place can feel like home – even addiction treatment. At The Raleigh House, we believe that if you are able to relax and feel comfortable in rehab, your treatment will be more effective. If you’re considering rehab, here’s what you should bring to help you feel calm and at ease.

Personal Items to Bring to Addiction Treatment at The Raleigh House

The Ranch, our wellness lodge right outside of Denver, offers a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere for you to recover from addiction. From its cozy wood-floored bedrooms and comfy furniture to its open-concept dining room and contemporary kitchen cabinets, our residential treatment center is designed to feel like a luxurious, home-like getaway instead of a sterile, uncomfortable hospital facility.

Of course, our lodge requires a personal touch from you to truly make it feel like a home away from home. As you’re preparing for rehab, make sure to bring some or all of the following items to help you make your treatment experience as comfortable as possible:

1. Photo Albums or Framed Pictures. You’ll have space in your bedroom to put a couple picture frames or house photos of family, friends, pets and loved ones. Not only will these items brighten and personalize your residence while in treatment, but they can serve as a reminder of the love and support waiting for you when you get out of rehab.

2. Loose Exercise Clothing. Addiction treatment at The Raleigh House will include yoga, rock climbing, equine therapy and other outdoor activities. Comfortable clothing will make these activities easier and more enjoyable. Plus, bringing along your favorite pair of yoga pants or t-shirt can help you feel more relaxed.

3. A Few Favorite Books. Do you have a favorite book that you read every year? Or maybe you just have a bookshelf at home that’s prominently displayed in your bedroom or living room. Bringing a couple books with you to treatment can give you something familiar to read when you have free time and remind you of home whenever you notice them.

4. A Writing Journal. Even if you’ve never written in a journal before, a writing journal or notebook can be a respite from the individual and group therapy sessions you’ll be participating in. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you process what you’re experiencing in treatment and help you be more at peace with the experience.

5. A Favorite Recipe or Two. Food has a magical way of helping you feel better about yourself and the world around you. If there’s a recipe you fondly remember from your childhood or simply a favorite meal you like to eat, write down the instructions and ingredients and bring the information to treatment. Our Executive Chef will happily talk to you about your favorite recipe and may even be inspired by it as he’s preparing meals for you and our other clients.

6. Personal, Unopened Toiletries. There’s just something about the fresh scent of your shampoo and body wash that energizes you during your morning showers. This is the power of your own personal hygiene products that you don’t get from generic toiletries. Before arriving at rehab, make sure you pack unopened containers of your favorite shampoo, conditioner, body wash and toothpaste. You can also bring other products that can help you feel more like yourself in treatment, like basic makeup.

7. An Item of Personal Comfort. While you can’t bring all your personal belongings with you to rehab, there may be an item or two that warms your heart and helps you feel comfortable. Maybe it’s a soft pillow, stuffed animal, or cozy slippers, or even your favorite pen and stationery for writing to loved ones while you’re in treatment. These types of items can give you strength and motivation in treatment and help you feel more at home.

Start Your Journey Towards Lasting Recovery Today

Are you ready to finally break free from addiction and rebuild a healthy, happy and purposeful life? At The Raleigh House, we can help you do just that. We have over 10 years of experience providing evidence-based addiction treatment that can help you effectively overcome substance abuse and achieve long-term recovery.

Better yet, your treatment and recovery can take place at our wellness lodge that offers a home-like atmosphere you can personalize to make it feel more like home. Contact our admissions team today to learn more about our wellness lodge, treatment approach and admissions process.

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