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You didn’t choose to have this disease.

You didn’t choose to go down this path.

You didn’t choose to let this disease consume you.

But today, you chose treatment.

You’ve taken the first step.

You’re fighting back.

You aren’t letting your addiction steal your purpose.

You’ve got Recovery Centers of America on your side

We’re here for you every step of the way, starting now.

How long can I expect to be in treatment?

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length.

We want you to beat this disease with dignity and provide you with the tools to be successful in your journey to sustained, meaningful recovery. The key to breaking through and entering a life of recovery is developing a sense of community, team, belonging, and attachment to healthy relationships. Our approach takes time yet supports the recovery process and promotes giving back. You’ll work with your treatment team to develop a comprehensive plan, but you can expect your initial commitment in treatment to be 30-40 days.

We know the next couple of hours are intimidating, but trust that you’ve made the right decision. Here’s what you can expect over the next few days as you begin your inpatient treatment at Recovery Centers of America at Danvers.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes (one week’s worth)

Yoga pants, sweatpants, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, underwear, pajamas. Revealing clothing or clothing promoting drugs or alcohol are not allowed.rnrn*Please note: A gym is available for use, so you may want to bring fitness attire.

Comfortable shoes

Examples: Sneakers, flip flops, and slippers.

Personal hygiene items

Examples: Deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, brush, feminine hygiene products, shaving cream, lotion, makeup. *Please note, all items cannot have alcohol within the first 3 ingredients.

Prescribed medication with original label on bottles

*Please bring all medication you are prescribed.

They must have the original label on the bottles and must not be expired. All prescription medications must only have the original medication (nothing else mixed in the bottle). If it is over-the-counter medication (non-prescription), it must be in an unopened, sealed container. For any narcotic/controlled medications, prior approval must be obtained from current prescriber in collaboration with the site Medical Team before we will administer it. Please bring any drugs that you wish to dispose of or do not want in your house when you get home. Our team will happily dispose of these.

Photo ID, insurance card, and pharmacy card/coverage

Please note: Some insurance cards include pharmacy coverage. You will notice RX ID, BCN and PCN numbers on your insurance card.  If you don’t see this on your insurance card, it’s likely you have separate pharmacy coverage.  If you don’t know where your pharmacy card is, or your insurance doesn’t provide you with a card (for some carriers they only have online card), please call your current pharmacy and ask for the following information that they most likely have on file for you:rn

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    • RX ID #

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    • PCN #

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    • BIN #

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    • RX Group #


rnPlease note: Any medications ordered outside of routine detox care will be subject to prescription co-pay.

Cigarettes/nicotine products for your entire stay

We allow all nicotine products including cigarettes, vapes, chewing tobacco, etc. However, all products must come closed and sealed.rnrn*Please note: As of October 1, 2019, in the state of Maryland, it is illegal to sell or distribute cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. Please bring enough nicotine products to last your entire stay, as you will not have the opportunity to purchase additional supplies once you arrive in treatment.

List of names, addresses and phone numbers for people you may need

Examples: Family and friends or loved ones. If you’re dealing with legal issues, please bring your lawyer or probation officer’s information. This way, we can help you get everything taken care of when you’re here and will have no worries when you leave our facility.rnrnWe suggest bringing a list of names of loved ones because access to cell phones will be limited during your time in treatment. We have phones you can use during your time here, so bringing the numbers of loved ones will ensure you will be able to keep in touch with them.

Pictures of loved ones

Bring photos of your friends, family, and loved ones for a piece of home in your room.

Books and other reading material

Any reading materials that glorify drugs and alcohol, sex, or pornography are prohibited and will be turned away.

Electronics without Wifi

All electronics without WiFi capability are welcome, such as Kindles. If you bring your cell phone, RCA staff will keep it in a secure location until you leave our facility.

Cash or credit card

We ask that you do not bring large amounts of cash or other valuables. Please bring a small amount of cash ($20) or a credit card for purchases, such as a haircut or cigarettes.

We’re happy to provide:

  • 1 long sleeve or short sleeve shirt and 1 pair of pajama pants during your check-in process
  • Towels
  • Bed linens
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Back-up toiletries
  • Stamps and envelopes
  • Composition book and pens
  • 1 AA Book (NA book available upon request)
  • 1 12-Step Workbook
  • Board games
  • Flat screen televisions and alarm clock in each room
  • Laundry services (at no additional cost)
  • Razors

Centering period

We want you to focus on one thing during your time at RCA Westminster: Your recovery. While you’re here with us, our treatment will help you re-center – and the best way to do this is without outside distractions like cell phones. The invaluable tools and lessons you’ll learn and participate in here at RCA Westminster need your full attention to reach recovery. With this in mind, you can make calls on an RCA office phone with a staff member; but your cell phone will remain in a secure place until you leave our facility.

How will my loved ones know I’m safe?

If a loved one drops you off at Westminster, a member of our staff will talk to them about visitation and phone calls. Otherwise, with your consent, an Admissions Coordinator will reach out to your loved ones within 24 hours to let them know you have arrived safely at our Westminster facility. The coordinator will also explain the family visitation schedule, education options, and family therapy. Within 72 hours of your admission, and again with your consent, your assigned Primary Therapist will reach out to your loved ones and give them an update on your progress.

Visitation schedule & family program

Family is an important part of treatment. You need a strong, stable support system during this time. The visitation schedule for family, friends and loved ones is every weekend, both Saturday and Sunday:

  • Orientation: 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Seminars: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Visitation: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


  • Orientation: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Seminars: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Visitation: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Phone policy

Once you’ve transitioned out of detox and into residential, you and your therapist will review your list of approved callers. From here, you can sign up for phone times daily.

Alumni program

Our support doesn’t stop once you’ve left our inpatient facility – we’re here for your entire journey. Our robust Alumni program offers an entire community of support to help you stay in meaningful recovery. After all, staying connected with alumni activities will keep your motivated and hopeful in your recovery.

Thank you for choosing RCA to help you on your journey to recovery. We hope you also inspire others who need help to ask for it, just like you have. If you can, leave us a review here. Your review could help someone seeking treatment finally decide to accept help.



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