Have you made numerous failed attempts to stop drinking or doing drugs? Are you ready for recovery – even if you’re not quite sure what recovery really means? As one of the nation’s top rehab centers, we understand how difficult it can be to go down a strange unknown path – but you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to try. From that first phone call to sober living after rehab, we are committed to supporting you on your journey toward lifelong sobriety. Contact Vogue Recovery today to learn about our rehab admissions process.

What to Expect from the Rehab Admissions Process

rehab admissions, patient talking with therapistYou can begin your addiction recovery by placing a private, confidential call to Vogue Recovery Center. During the phone call, we will talk about your clinical history, substance abuse concerns, and treatment objectives. We will also discuss insurance and self-payment options. For your convenience, we accept a variety of PPO insurance plans.

Other considerations in the admissions process include:

  • Assessment. Our experienced physicians and clinical staff assess your health history, chemical condition, and addiction background to develop a personalized plan that delivers a full circle of treatment and aftercare.
  • At Vogue Recovery Center in Arizona, Nevada, and California, we want to ensure that you or someone you love arrives expediently and safely. Call us today to inquire about our transportation services. During this time, we will also let you know what you can (and can’t) bring with you when you arrive at our upper scale location.
  • Date of arrival. We will work with you to set an admission date. In some cases, same-day admission may be possible.

How Long Is Treatment?

You or your loved one may be at treatment for detox only (3 -14 days) or could be in treatment for a few months, a year, and sometimes more. Many clients think they are going for a certain amount of time and then that changes once they arrive for a variety of reasons. It’s best to be prepared for the possibility that the time in treatment will vary.

Most rehab facilities offer 30 days in residential (24/7) and then depending on your clinical team’s suggestions, you could be attending a partial hospitalization or outpatient treatment program for several weeks after. In the case of attending an intensive outpatient program (IOP), you could either be back home after a month or so (where your closet is) or decide home is too much of a trigger and at that time could have more clothes sent to you, or- be content with what you brought upon arrival.

It is a safe bet to pack enough items for 30 days. Think about taking a trip to Europe for a month on a tour. You are allowed to travel with one large suitcase and one carryon bag. You probably won’t have too many opportunities to shop for clothes on the tour, so taking just the right amount is best.

This is similar to attending a drug and alcohol residential facility.

Taking too much will be a burden for you and others. Sometimes clients share a room and having an excess of clothes can impinge on others’ space. You may move rooms and will have to then move your things which can be frustrating.  Not taking enough items may be a burden on others if you are put in a position to borrow clothes. Going clothes shopping in the first 30 days rarely happens.

What to Pack Prior to Rehab Admissions Process

What to pack for treatment can be a source of anxiety. It’s especially challenging when they need to leave in a hurry. Also, it’s quite possible individuals are under the influence when packing. If they are coherent enough to pack, that’s great. But if not, you can help them by following the suggestions on this page.

The first thing to do is ask the admissions person on the phone if the treatment facility has a “what to pack” document. Often treatment centers do. This list of items is what they suggest should and shouldn’t be taken. Some personal items may not be needed while at rehab, and/or stored once the client arrives.

Think of it as contacting the airlines to see what you can take on board. If you haven’t traveled in a while, some of the restricted items may be surprising. Also, if you are helping a loved one prepare for their residence at rehab and you are not familiar with the disease of alcohol per se, it is common to make mistakes when packing. An example of this could be mouthwash. Most people have a bottle of it in their bathroom and it becomes a daily habit. Most, if not all treatment centers confiscate mouthwash due to the high percentage of alcohol content in it.

Some people consider the “do not pack list” constricting. But it keeps yourself and other clients safe. Also, understand the first month of getting clean is challenging and the fewer temptations the better. Furthermore, the items you are packing will depend on a few variables:

  • How long the stay will be
  • The part of the county the treatment center is in
  • Time of year you will be at the treatment center
  • What the facility has to offer as far as excursions and activities

Suggested Items: Clothing

The following list is of suggested items for entering the rehab admissions process you could fit into a large suitcase and carry on. Also, we make note of prohibited items.

Shoes:

  • One pair of athletic shoes: think about what you have that you would wear to the gym, walking, light hikes, etc.
  • One pair of house shoes: flip flops, sandal, slip-on (can also be used if beach activities are offered). Most facilities don’t like you walking around barefoot for health reasons, so a light slip-on comfortable house shoe is a great item to have with you.
  • One pair dress/nice shoes: you most likely will be attending outside support groups, and possibly go on excursions where house shoes or gym shoes won’t be the best choice.  If you don’t have a nicer shoe, don’t panic, they aren’t a necessity but rather a good addition.
  • Possible fourth pair if you have room in the bags of your choice (check out the activities offered and ask if you need anything special such as boots for working outside or gardening shoes.)

Undergarments:

  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • 2-3 regular bras for women plus 1-2 exercise bras.

You want to have nearly a week’s worth of clean undergarments. The facility has laundry but you most likely will not be able to have them cleaned except pre-determined times, about once a week. Packing more undergarments is not needed.

 Women: DO NOT bring lingerie. This is not appropriate, especially at co-ed facilities. 

Pants/bottoms:

  • 2-3 pair of jeans or casual pants
  • A pair of shorts (not too short-  you may be asked to change)
  • 1-2 pair workout pants
  • One or two skirt/dresses

Tops:

  • 1 long sleeve (for layering)
  • 1 dress or button-up shirt
  • 3-5 – shirts or casual shirts
  • Sweatshirt
  • Sweater (depending on weather and geographic)
  • Jacket

Suggested Items: Toiletries and Other Items

Hats (optional):

  • Baseball caps
  • Sun Hats
  • Beanie

Other:

  • Swimsuit (several facilities have a pool, go to the beach, or other water activities)
  • Any braces needed (leg, wrist, back) in case of old or existing injuries
  • Gloves
  • Robe
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • A few photos or mementos of loved ones
  • A writing journal
  • A book
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading/prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Lighter for cigarettes if you smoke
  • Cigarettes if you smoke (don’t assume the facility will have them for you)
  • Vape and vape juice (check with the facility if it’s OK to bring)

Toiletries:

  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Hair tie for long hair
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Minimal make up
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Sun Block
  • Lotion

NOTE: We will search your personal toiletries along with all your luggage. Many clients think they can be clever by smuggling in contraband. Just don’t do it- the staff knows all your tricks! 

Often, staff will keep perfumes, razors, or any item seen as potentially harmful and release it to you when needed. They are required to return the items you brought in with upon leaving, except in certain cases such as some medication or contraband found upon admission. Also, be sure to read over the facility’s policies and obtain a copy for your records.

Vogue Recovery Rehab Admissions Process

When you call Vogue Recovery Center in Arizona, Nevada or California, we will walk you through the entire rehab admissions process. You can contact us at any time. Our highly skilled and well-experienced professionals will work with you to deliver the best services and sources to start you on the path of healing.