Before you begin a rehab program, it’s important to know what to expect. Once you arrive, you’ll spend the majority of your time at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. You’ll eat and sleep here, participate in regular counseling and therapy sessions, and make valuable connections with other residents. You’ll be part of a community that understands the challenges you’ve experienced due to addiction and you’ll be in an environment that moves you toward healing and self-improvement.
Knowing what to bring with you and what to leave at home can help you focus on recovery during treatment.
What Can I Bring With Me to Treatment?
While the facility will supply residents with some items, we recommend brining at least two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing, as well as enough toiletries and other necessities to last for 30 days. Arriving prepared will reduce your stress and allow for a seamless transition into focusing on treatment and recovery.
Palmer Lake, Colorado, can experience frigid temperatures during the winter. Patients should pack at least two weeks worth of season-appropriate clothing, especially jackets, sweaters and other long-sleeved shirts if they plan on traveling to the facility during the winter. Summer can reach temperatures upwards of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but some clients may still need a jacket for indoors or chilly evenings. To ensure that clients stay focused on recovery, we prohibit any overly revealing articles of clothing, including tank tops and short shorts. We also do not allow any clothing items that allude to drugs or alcohol, or with obscene images or phrases.
The facility includes an exercise gym, swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts and nearby walking trails. You may also go on off-site field trips. Make sure to pack comfortable outfits to enjoy any of these potential recreational activities. For water activities, ladies should wear one-piece swimsuits and men should wear knee-length board shorts.
You’ll likely share a bedroom with at least one other client. Pillows and sheets will be provided. You’re welcome to bring your own toiletries, with a few exceptions. Items that were opened before arrival or include alcohol are not permitted. This rule is designed to protect the residents and staff members and maintain a substance-free environment.
The toiletries you can bring include:
- A toothbrush
- Unopened, alcohol-free mouthwash
- Unopened, alcohol-free toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, face wash and moisturizer, lotion, lip balm and feminine products
- Unopened makeup
- Unopened essential oils or fragrances
- Blow dryer/styling tools
- Contacts and unopened contact solution, if necessary
Hygiene products with alcohol listed among the first three ingredients will not be allowed at the center. The facility can supply residents with shampoo, conditioner and other items upon request.
The safety and confidentiality of our residents are very important to us. To ensure a seamless process, we ask that you bring the following documentation with you to treatment:
- A form of government-issued identification (state ID, driver’s license, passport)
- Relevant medical records
- Health insurance card
- A contact list of family members to call during treatment
- Travel documentation
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake staff understands that many residents rely on specific medications to maintain their health. Please communicate with intake coordinators and other staff members regarding medicine you’ll need during your stay and provide a list of all medications you’re currently taking. Medication plans will be assessed upon admission. While the team wants you to be as comfortable as possible, please understand that staff will inspect medication to ensure that no unauthorized substances are brought in. If authorized, medications will be kept with staff and dispensed as medically appropriate.
Other Important Items
In addition to the above items, you should also pack:
- A form of payment (checkbook, debit card, credit card or cash) for shopping or other outings during certain levels of care
- Glasses and/or sunglasses
- Cigarettes or other tobacco products to last for the duration of treatment (smoking cessation products are provided for those wanting to quit smoking)
Inpatient rehabilitation often includes busy days of individual and group therapy sessions, recreational activities and other events that promote addiction recovery. While a lot of your time will be planned out, there are opportunities to spend quality time by yourself. Bring a journal, sketchbook or other personal items if you wish, so long as they do not inhibit your or another resident’s rehabilitation.
What Not to Bring
The staff wants you to be as comfortable as possible while staying at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. However, certain items contradict the goals of recovery or create an unsafe environment for the staff and residents. The following items are not allowed at the facility:
- Drugs and alcohol
- Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
- Inappropriate clothing, which includes depictions of drug or alcohol use, drug paraphernalia, or explicit language or imagery
- Pornographic material
- Products that contain alcohol, such as hand sanitizer, conditioner and mouthwash
- Vaporizers (vapes) or electronic cigarettes
- Dental floss (will be provided)
- Cleaning supplies (will be provided)
- Opened toiletry products (shampoo, toothpaste, moisturizer, etc.)
- Aerosol products (hairspray, deodorant, etc.)
- Electronics that can take photos or connect to the internet (computers, tablets, video game consoles, e-readers, smartphones, etc.)
- Weapons, such as pocket knives
- Card decks, games and sporting equipment
While this guide may answer many of your questions, you may still have additional questions regarding what you can bring to The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. If so, contact a representative today to receive more information about how to prepare for your residential treatment.