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Committing to a professional detox or residential program is already an important first step toward sobriety. This is a time of change that involves a person’s mentality and environment. An individual in detox or residential treatment will find themselves in a dedicated recovery space filled with therapeutic outlets, opportunities, and a supportive team of professionals and peers. Many programs will provide resources for an individual during this time as they explore new coping strategies and perspectives. Individuals will also need to pack their own belongings and essentials. Knowing how to pack effectively can enable each individual to make the most of these incredible programs. 

Preparing for Change

Adopting a truly open mindset is crucial in recovery. For those preparing to attend a detox or residential program, this means accepting that they will not be able to bring everything with them. Truly engaging in new environments, cultures, and people comes with letting go of potentially negative influences on a person’s life. Change is necessary, and effective recovery addresses not just the use of drugs and alcohol, but the lifestyle that accompanies it as well. 

An individual will not be able to bring unnecessary items. Limiting the items permitted in treatment provides individuals with the opportunity to explore new hobbies and activities in a sober, and therapeutic light. An open mind and willingness to explore change are instrumental at all stages of recovery.

Packing Appropriately

It is important for individuals to discuss with their dedicated treatment facility what resources will be provided, and which items they will have to bring with them. While some things like beds and food are provided, toiletries may not be. Contacting the facility and making a list of provided amenities is crucial for packing effectively. Each facility may also have its own rules, and taking into account the therapeutic programs available can inform a person’s packing decisions. 

Personal Hygiene Items

Personal hygiene is crucial throughout recovery. Regular hygiene routines can be compromised as a result of addiction, but new routines and perspectives can rebuild these practices for a healthier body, even bringing a newfound sense of positivity and change. When individuals feel clean and good about themselves, this can open up a myriad of positive reinforcements Individuals may also track their healing and progress in sobriety through these changes to their body as their diet improves or their skin and hair heal. 

Personal Contacts and Supports

Having the contact information of trusted supports written down can also be greatly beneficial. This ensures that individuals are able to reach out to these supports during this time as needed. While a person in treatment may be limited as to when they can call their supports, they are never cut off entirely from their world. 

Having contact information can help an individual relay their progress and efforts made in recovery. It can also be instrumental for the professionals within the treatment facility. Having the contact information for the known, trusted supports of clients can help professionals create dedicated family plans or reach out to others who are actively engaged in the client’s recovery. 


Journals are a powerful resource in recovery. When individuals are able to document their feelings, progress, and effective practices, they can grow in their recovery. For some, these journals can be reminders of their progress to look back on during difficult times. Others may use them as a way to document and identify previously unknown stressors or needs. 

Personal Motivators

Motivation is an important part of recovery. When individuals pack reminders of their reasons for pursuing sobriety, it can empower them to focus on their continued betterment, even while facing stressful changes. 

Comfy Clothing

Recovery can feel emotionally and physically uncomfortable at times. Dressing comfortably is important for helping an individual settle down into a new environment and feel more at ease during this time. Packing favorite shirts, pants, and other items can aid in this comfort. Pajamas can also be beneficial for promoting a restful night’s sleep. For some, packing one “nicer” outfit can be great for special occasions or visits, depending on their program. Talking with the detox facility about dress codes and appropriate wear can help individuals pack accordingly. 

Items to Avoid

Those entering detox and treatment will not have to bring everything with them for their stay. Some things, like addictive substances or any clothes or objects that carry logos or other reminders of such use, must be left behind. Many facilities have an absolute zero tolerance policy both for the overall safety of everyone engaged in the program. 

Any non-prescription medication must also be left behind. Food is unnecessary as facilities will provide healthy meals throughout a person’s stay. Lastly, when in treatment an individual’s days will be structured with many activities and new experiences, and things like video game consoles or other electronics are unnecessary. 

Detox and residential are truly powerful and crucial parts of the recovery process. At Pacific Sands Recovery Center, we are dedicated to making the most of these essential programs. Your time with us is filled with balancing your unique needs and goals in recovery with a comprehensive approach to amenities and new experiences, all working to create a new, sober perspective and lifestyle. If you are ready to take your first step toward a sober future, we can help you today. Our comfortable atmosphere and like-minded peers work in tandem to create an influx of new strategies and coping skills to overcome addiction and its effects. It is never too late to begin your journey to sobriety. For more information on how we can personalize your time with us, call to speak to a caring, trained staff member today at (949) 426-7962.


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