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Essential items during your inpatient treatment

At Recovery Centers of America, we want to make sure you feel comfortable, so you can focus on your recovery. While RCA is happy to provide some items for you, here’s what we suggest you bring for a comfortable stay:

Comfortable clothes (one week’s worth)

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

Comfortable shoes (one pair)

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, electric grooming supplies. *Please note, all items must be new, unopened, and alcohol-free.

Prescribed medication with original label on bottles

*Please note, we do not have a pharmacy on site but do have all necessary medications needed for a safe and comfortable detoxification.  You must bring all current prescription medications for your stay with the original label on the bottles. While we will order necessary home medications, it takes a few days and may not be covered by your insurance if you have an active prescription that is not brought in. Please do not bring any over-the-counter medications, vitamains, or supplements as these cannot be verified by facility staff.  You will be provided any necessary over-the-counter medications or supplements ordered by your medical provider. Any expired medications, medications that are not in their original container, or unidentifiable substances cannot be used and will be destroyed per policy.

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:

    • RX ID #
    • PCN #
    • BIN #
    • RX Group #

Cigarettes or other nicotine products for your entire stay

Many ask if smoking cigarettes is allowed inside inpatient rehab facilities. At RCA we allow all nicotine products including cigarettes, vapes, chewing tobacco, etc. However, all products must come closed and sealed. 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.  Patients may have them dropped off or mailed by loved ones in the event they run out.

*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 are here and will have no worries when you leave our facility.

Pictures of loved ones

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

Books, e-book readers without WIFI and other reading material

Any reading materials that glorify drugs and alcohol, sex, or pornography are prohibited and will be turned away. E-Book readers must not have WIFI capability to be used inside inpatient addiction treatment facilities.

MP3 player without WIFI capability

Music can be very helpful during recovery from drugs and alcohol. You can bring an MP3 player however, due to treatment integrity concerns, it must not have the ability to connect  to WIFI.


RCA strongly discourages bringing valuables into treatment. For everyone’s safety and comfort, we ask that you leave all valuables at home or arrange for them to be sent home at the time of admission. You are responsible for any personal belongings brought onto the units or kept in your room. If you choose to bring valuables onto the unit, RCA is not responsible for any losses or damages. Please also ensure you have participated in reconciliation of your secured belongings prior to discharge, RCA is not responsible for any articles left on site after discharge. Clothing and/or valuables not claimed within 30 days of discharge will be donated.

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Supplies provided in rehab

While in inpatient rehab at a Recovery Centers of America facility, you will be provided with the following items:

  • 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

Please note: With our current joint battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and RCA’s desire to keep everyone as safe as possible, we are not accepting drop-offs of personal items to current patients in our facilities. All our facilities are equipped with laundry facilities as well as the ability to provide any toiletry products you may need during your treatment stay. You will continue to be able to receive mail and packages from loved ones, but they should be limited to essential items such as nicotine products which are not provided by the facility.

Any urgent essential items that a patient may request or require must be preapproved by facility personnel.



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