Things to Bring for Rehab | Sovereign Health CA

What to Bring

Residential treatment programs work well because patients can work on getting healthy in a closely-monitored environment free from distractions, temptations and triggers. Sovereign Health maintains comfortable, friendly treatment houses at each of its California treatment centers. We hope all of our patients feel at home when staying with us.

Like any other long journey, it’s important to pack well for it. Although we initially restrict and later strongly control the use of mobile phones, there are plenty of other items patients can take with them during their stay with us. Some of them, such as toiletries, are necessary, while others – books, alarm clocks, swimsuits – can make the stay more pleasant. Typically, patients stay in our residential programs between 30 and 90 days.

Our patients are never alone during treatment. Staying in a residential program places patients in a supportive, caring environment with people who are facing the same challenges they are. Additionally, patients are allowed to stay in touch with outside family members during their stay.

What to bring

  • One suitcase only
  • One carry-on bag, such as a backpack, purse or duffle bag
  • Enough clothing – including socks and underwear – for seven to 10 days. Laundry facilities are available and are free to use
  • Personal hygiene items including bath soap, shampoo, deodorant, shaving equipment, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Grooming items such as blow dryers and curling irons
  • Casual clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Gym/yoga clothing and a swimsuit
  • Depending on season, cold weather clothing such as a jacket
  • An insurance card and your driver’s license, state ID card or social security card
  • Long pants for equine therapy

Optional, recommended items

  • A portable music player with headphones. MP3 players are allowed, as long as they don’t have a send/receive function
  • A watch and alarm clock. Cell phones are initially not allowed during treatment. During later phases of treatment, their use is monitored closely.
  • A swim suit
  • A journal
  • An address book, stationery and stamps
  • Books to read – we have books available but patients can bring their own
  • Pictures of family and friends
  • A beach towel and sunscreen
  • Pillows – we provide bedding, including pillows, but some patients prefer their own

Don’t bring

  • Any clothing that promotes or depicts the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs.
  • Any over-the-counter medications, unless they’re for a specific condition
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Cameras, for privacy concerns
  • Any items that contain alcohol, including mouthwash, hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl alcohol
  • Laptops or tablets. Computer access will be provided during activities. Residents should inquire about email access with their assigned facility clinical team members.
  • Any music player with external speakers – headphones must always be used


Patients are allowed to bring a 30-day supply of prescription medications. If you need a refill, contact the pharmacy before being admitted to our program. The prescription bottles must have the prescribing information on them. Additionally, if you have any addictive prescription medications, you must bring those as well.

Supplements and vitamins must be in sealed containers. All medicines and supplements have to be reviewed and approved by our treatment teams before we allow their use.


Patients go on weekly shopping trips with a maximum budget of $30. For smokers, this doesn’t include the costs of cigarettes. For family members wishing to send the patient money, we recommend a refillable gift card rather than a debit card or cash.

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