Does Rehab Have A Dress Code? What Clothes To Pack

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Although most addiction treatment centers don’t have a dress code, clients typically want to dress comfortably for treatment programs. Packing clothing that are comfortable and easy-to-wash can help you feel prepared.

Does Rehab Have A Dress Code? What Clothes To Pack

Addiction treatment centers do not usually have traditional dress codes in the way you might think about them, such as casual or work casual.

However, there are often clothing restrictions, such as not being able to wear graphic T-shirts or hoodies that feature drug or alcohol paraphernalia or are otherwise associated with substance use.

Rules will differ between treatment facilities. For example, some rehab centers prohibit clothing with drawstrings for safety measures, and others may not allow short skirts, low-cut tops, or tank tops to help prevent distractions.

Packing Checklist For Inpatient Treatment Centers

Receiving treatment for a substance use disorder (SUD) at an inpatient or residential treatment center means that you will be staying on the premises for the duration of the drug rehab program.

As such, you will want to ensure that you pack enough clothing and personal items to last you throughout your stay.

Comfortable Clothes

You may want to consider bringing clothing that is comfortable, practical, and easy-to-wash over more stylish options so that you can relax and be more at ease during your treatment program.

This may include pants and shirts that are made of soft materials, like linen and cotton, as well as T-shirts and sweatshirts for layering, pajamas, and at least one jacket.


You may want to invest in a pair of flip-flops, sandals, slides, or another similar footwear item for taking showers in communal areas.

These options are also comfortable to wear during the evening when you are relaxing in your private area.

During the day, comfortable, supportive shoes such as tennis shoes or sneakers are perfect for a variety of activities, including outdoor breaks.

Active Wear

Speaking of activities, rehab facilities usually provide opportunities for exercise, such as hiking or sports.

For physical activities such as these, make sure that you have sneakers, sweatpants, appropriate-length gym shorts, and T-shirts.

Be sure to overpack on undergarments, too, since the laundry situation can vary from center to center.

One Nice Outfit For Special Occasions

Family members may want to visit and are sometimes even allowed to take their loved one out for lunch or dinner, with supervision, or may be invited to family night.

If this is the case, you may want to pack at least one slightly more formal outfit, such as khakis or a nice pair of jeans and a button-up shirt or blouse.

You can also plan on wearing this outfit for graduation once you complete your treatment program.

Other Essentials

Although we’re focusing on clothing items to bring, don’t forget to pack plenty of toiletries and other personal items you may need, such as reading materials or an alarm clock.

Toiletries to bring include:

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • deodorant
  • lotion
  • alcohol-free mouthwash
  • sunscreen
  • feminine hygiene products, if required

Also be sure to bring contact information for loved ones, such as their phone numbers as cell phones are not always allowed at rehab centers.

You’ll also want to have your health insurance card and driver’s license on hand. The facility may hold any valuables you bring for safekeeping.

Being Comfortable During Addiction Treatment

Remember, emphasizing comfortable clothing is more important than taking up luggage space with stylish, fashionable clothes.

You want to be comfortable both while participating in treatment as well as when relaxing after the day is over.

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