What Should You Send a Loved One in Rehab?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), around 2.5 million people (just under 11%) in the U.S. received care at an addiction treatment facility in 2012. Based on these numbers, chances are that you, or someone you know, has a friend, relative, or spouse that has been to treatment at least once in their life. So what do you do when someone you know is starting a recovery program? Sending a care package is often a great way to let the person you love know you’re rooting for them. So what do you send?

First, it’s important to remember that most rehab facilities have rules dictating what items are not permitted to be in a patient’s possession. Before sending your care package, it’s best to call the treatment center and ask if the items you’re sending will be acceptable. You may also want to make sure that none of the items you’re sending will be triggering to your loved one’s recovery process. Here are some thoughtful suggestions on what to send your loved one during treatment:

Notes and Letters

A friend or loved one may be entering a new environment for the first time in their lives. A handwritten note carefully slipped into a friend’s suitcase can go a long way as they enter treatment. Having photos of family and friends can also be a comfort. Sending cards and letters during treatment is also very helpful for putting your loved one’s mind at ease that someone will be there for them after completing their program.

Books and Games

Books, word puzzles, Sudoku, and other games are great distractions while your loved one is in treatment. Even adult coloring books are popular and can help reduce stress. Yes, sending inspirational stories can be helpful, but sending a good spy novel or a funny biography can be just as effective. If you know your friend well, you’ll likely know what kind of books work for them. 

A Journal

In between therapy sessions, mealtimes, and other therapeutic activities, individuals may have free time. A quality journal can be an excellent gift for your friend to write down thoughts, feelings, ideas, or struggles. 

Comfy Clothing and Workout Gear

Rehab facilities are a place to heal, and one thing that becomes highly appreciated when going through treatment is comfortable clothing. Many facilities encourage fitness, complementary therapies, and yoga as part of an individual’s daily treatment plan. Sending new workout clothes can boost your loved one’s self-esteem and mentally prepare them for a healthier life ahead. 

Personal Hygiene Items

Packing for rehab can be a stressful and chaotic time, and often, your friend or loved one may forget to bring basic items for personal hygiene, such as body soap, shampoo, conditioner, and more. Receiving these gifts can be a comfort and remind your loved one about the importance of self-care.

Treatment For Addiction

Your friend is working hard on their sobriety during treatment—sending a package helps them remember they are loved, supported, and that you want them to get better. If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health condition and a substance use disorder or addiction, get help now. Mental health, substance use disorders, and addiction are treatable, and there is hope in recovery. Contact Daylight Recovery Services today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to speak with a recovery expert and get the help you need.