What to Bring to Rehab

What to Bring to Rehab

At Recovery Centers of America, we want to make sure you feel at home, so you can focus on getting on the road to recovery. We also want to ensure our patients’ privacy and safety. 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
    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. While we will order necessary medication, it takes a few days. We suggest bringing your own medication, but they must have the original label on the bottles. 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:

    • 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 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
  • 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.

Please note: Lights out and quiet time begins at 11 P.M. Reading material is to be read and used outside of group time.

What RCA Supplies

We’re happy to provide you with the following items:

  • You’ll be provided with 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


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 ability to provide any toiletry products your loved one may need during their treatment stay. Your loved one will continue to be able to receive mail and packages that should be limited to only 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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