What to Bring

When preparing to head to treatment, it’s hard to know what to expect, so it’s hard to determine what you’ll need. This handy list can help you plan.

What to Bring to Substance Abuse Addiction Treatment

  • Laptop and Mobile Phone
  • Pharmacy plan information and a credit/debit card for prescription copays
  • All prescription medications you are currently taking
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries with no alcohol
  • Calling card/pre-paid for long distance (international patients only)
  • USB flash drive
  • Photos of friends & family**
  • Favorite pillow/blanket**
  • Personal mp3/CD player/radio w/headphones that do not have Wi-Fi capability (not for use on campus)**
  • Workout clothes**
  • Musical instruments** (No amplifiers)
  • Sports equipment (golf clubs, tennis rackets, etc.)**
  • Casual clothing
  • Bathing suit & sunscreen (women – one piece only)**
  • Art supplies** (No aerosol or sharp objects)
  • Writing supplies (journals, stationary, stamps)**
  • Reading materials**
  • Adult patients may have a car (after receiving staff approval) (Patients with cars may be permitted to keep their cellphones in the car in the interest of safety.)
  • Sweatshirt/Lightweight jacket


What Not to Bring to Treatment

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Hand sanitizer/mouthwash that contains Ethyl alcohol
  • Non-prescribed medications (including samples)
  • Aerosol sprays of any type
  • E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers
  • Musical instrument amplifiers or loud speakers
  • Pets
  • Pornographic books/magazines/accessories, including Maxim
  • DVD players
  • Video games
  • Alcohol/drugs/paraphernalia (including tobacco pipes and papers)
  • Cameras (Ok if it is a phone camera)
  • Excessive jewelry/cash/credit cards
  • Inappropriate clothing (tank/sleeveless tops, yoga pants, navel-revealing, references to drugs/alcohol, sexual referencing, skin-tight, low-riding)
  • Workout supplements
  • Non-prescription or over the counter medications (will be approved or provided by physician if needed)
    • See Below

Regarding Medications, Vitamins and Supplements

  • Only bring medication you are currently prescribed
  • Medications, supplements, vitamins, etc. brought from home will only be permitted to be kept if ordered by a Talbott Physician
  • We ask that you do NOT bring any controlled medications, even if you have a current prescription
    • You will be evaluated by a Talbott Physician who will determine if he/she wants to continue you on that medication, at which time they will write a new prescription
    • Examples of controlled medications are Adderall, Vyvanse, Ambien, Xanax
  • You will not be permitted to keep medication that is not prescribed by a Talbott Physician and will be asked to remove it from the campus within 24 hours of admission or it will be destroyed by nursing staff

Provided by Talbott Recovery in Each Apartment

  • Towels
  • Bed linens
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Telephone (You may make free local and long distance calls from the phones in the apartments.)
  • Coffee maker
  • Microwave
  • Television/DVD player
  • Internet access (available at main campus and apartment business office)

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