What to bring
Many of our clients come to us in a time of crisis. The last thing you want to be worrying about is if you have packed the right things to bring with you. Below is a suggested list of items you may want to pack, as well as a list of things that will not be permitted.
Please bring with you:
Toiletries – Items such as shampoo, shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant (non-aerosol), mouth wash (non-alcohol), flannel, hairdryer
Gym wear and trainers – For example: comfortable jogging bottoms, leggings, t-shirts, and vests
Nightwear – Slippers, pyjamas and dressing gown
Comfortable loose clothing for day and evening – Items such as jeans, loose trousers, t-shirts, jumpers, etc.
Outdoor wear – Coat and footwear appropriate for time of year
Medication – Please bring all medication with you that you are taking as well as your doctor’s surgery contact details
Mobile phones – After an initial period of going without your phone, you will be allowed your mobile for limited periods daily. Contact with the outside world is limited during the first week; this is to ensure you stay focused on your recovery. Urgent calls will be allowed to be made whilst supervised during this time.
Laptop and charger – Whilst we prefer our clients do not bring laptops as these can be a distraction, limited use will be considered on an individual basis and depending on your addiction.
I-Pod or radio – Some clients prefer listening to music rather than watching TV to relax and unwind.
Personal sundries – Such as stamps, cash, debit/credit card, chequebook, stationary, cigarettes, tobacco. Please bring with you any important paperwork that will need to be dealt with during your stay. Jewellery is permitted but we encourage you to only bring what you wear on a daily basis to reduce the risk of valuable items being lost.
Pictures of loved ones are permitted, providing their content is suitable.
Umbrella – for local walks as well as outings to fellowship meetings.
Please note that there will be laundry facilities to wash and dry your clothing.
Items not permitted
- Illicit drugs or alcohol
- Mouth wash containing alcohol
- Aerosols and perfumes
- Medication that is not prescribed
- Sharp objects such as scissors, knives, needles, and razor blades
- Anything that can be used as, or presents as, a weapon
*Books, magazines, newspapers and other reading material.We understand, for many, reading is one of life’s joys. However, as clients have a limited time with us and their focus and efforts should be directed towards the programme and their recovery, we discourage clients from bringing their own reading materials of any kind. The programme is packed and any personal time clients have should be spent on their recovery and personal development, as we want all clients to get as much out of their Sanctuary Lodge experience and the start of their recovery journey as they can. We have an array of recovery-oriented reading resources that clients are encouraged to use during their time with us, and also to continue reading on discharge.
If you are unsure of any items that you wish to bring, please check with our staff who will be happy to advise.