The idea of going to rehab can seem overwhelming, but addiction treatment is often necessary to begin a lifelong recovery journey. Without effective strategies for coping with triggers, a relapse can often be just one tough situation away. Rehab helps you learn healthier ways to manage thoughts and behaviors without turning to drugs, and success rates are higher among those who attend a treatment facility. Still, it can take some courage to make the call and enroll in treatment.

Fortunately, it’s easier to accept the idea of rehab when you understand what to expect. This rehab preparation guide will give you an overview of what rehab is like, what you’ll need to bring and the types of treatment you’ll receive throughout the process.

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Steps of the Rehabilitation Process

The very first step of the recovery journey begins when you contact one of our helpful representatives. They will learn more about your situation and find out which type of treatment program would be most effective for your situation.

The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper is often able to offer same-day admission, but our clients can choose when they’d like to arrive for treatment at our facility. After arriving on your scheduled date, the rehab process will begin.

Addiction Assessment

Though the representative you spoke with may have gotten a general idea of your medical and drug history, our medical team conducts a comprehensive addiction and psychological evaluation following your arrival. During this addiction assessment, your care providers will screen you for co-occurring disorders, learn more about your medical history and create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.

Medical Detox

Most people entering addiction treatment will need to go through medical detox. This process involves allowing the body time to remove all drugs and alcohol from its system, which can take a few days or longer. It’s common to experience uncomfortable drug withdrawal symptoms as the body begins to crave the drugs it has come to rely on. You may be given medication-assisted treatment to help cope with these symptoms and make the detox process easier to manage.

Though it may be uncomfortable, this is the safest way to detox from substances. Drug withdrawal symptoms can sometimes be life-threatening, so medically-supervised detox ensures that your condition is monitored around the clock by professional medical staff.


During your stay, you will attend various types of therapy for drug addiction. One of the most common forms is cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches people how to deal with negative thought patterns in more positive ways. It is a valuable tool that can help you return to daily life with new ways of coping with stressful or triggering events.

You’ll participate in individual and group therapy for substance abuse, as well as more holistic forms of treatment. Many recreational therapy activities, such as art, music or exercise, help people find new outlets for managing stress and maintaining their recovery.

Aftercare Planning

When your inpatient stay is completed, you may transition to less intensive programs, such as partial care services or outpatient care. Your aftercare begins after completing all treatment.

Aftercare is a long-term plan to help you maintain lifelong recovery and it typically involves follow-up appointments, counseling and maintenance medication, if needed. Facility staff will also provide you with resources for support groups, sober living homes and other aftercare services.

Preparing for Rehab

Before you leave for drug and alcohol treatment, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare. It’s important to consider:

  • Travel accommodations: Our intake coordinators will work with you to ensure you arrive at our facility safely and on time. You are responsible for arranging travel accommodations, but if you are flying, we can help arrange transportation from the airport to the facility.
  • Packing for rehab: When deciding what to pack for rehab, you’ll need to be aware of what you can and cannot bring into the facility. We recommend that you bring:
    • Clothing for two weeks, including sweaters, jackets and sleepwear
    • Toothbrush, unopened toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash
    • Unopened shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, face wash, lotion, makeup, etc.
    • Glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, etc.
    • Hairbrush and styling tools, if needed
    • Cigarettes or other approved tobacco products to last the duration of treatment
    • Hobby items, such as journals and sketchbooks
    • At least one form of government-issued ID
    • Travel documentation
    • Relevant medical records
    • List of family members and contact information
    • A form of payment
  • Do not bring:
    • Drugs or alcohol
    • Drug or alcohol paraphernalia
    • Computers, tablets, cameras, video recorders or audio recorders
    • Electronic devices with cameras or internet access (smartwatches and e-readers)
    • Products with alcohol listed in the first three ingredients
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Vapes and e-cigarettes
    • Dental floss
    • Opened hygiene or toiletry products
    • Weapons, including pocket knives
    • Clothing depicting drugs, paraphernalia or explicit language or images
    • Overly revealing clothing, such as short shorts and tank tops
    • Pornographic material
    • Cards, games and sporting equipment
    • Aerosol products, such as hairspray and deodorant
  • Payment: There are many ways to pay for drug rehab and we are in-network with most private insurance providers. We do not accept Medicaid or Medicare, but we are able to create affordable payment plans that allow people of all income levels to receive treatment. Contact us or your insurance provider to verify whether addiction treatment is covered under your policy.


Our in-house culinary team prepares three nutritious meals per day for each of our clients. You will be able to choose from a few different meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available. Though outside food in rehab is not allowed, we provide three snacks a day in addition to meals.

Sleeping Arrangements

In rehab, rooms are shared by two residents, but this can vary depending on your level of care and treatment needs. Roommates share a private bathroom as well.

Phone Use

While you are allowed to bring your phone to rehab, there are often restrictions in place. Rehab is meant to have minimal distractions and be free from potential triggers. To help achieve this goal, we securely store your cell phone upon your arrival to help you focus on your recovery. After the first 72 hours, there is dedicated phone time offered several times a week during non-clinical hours.

Smoke Breaks

You are allowed to take periodic smoking breaks in rehab, but the frequency of these breaks is determined by your treatment schedule and your doctor’s recommendations. If you smoke, make sure to bring enough unopened cigarettes to last the duration of your stay. While combustible cigarettes are permitted, vaporizers and e-cigarettes are not permitted.

Once you feel ready to begin the path to a healthier future, the next step is to get in touch with The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you learn more about treatment plans that can work well for your situation. Contact us and begin your addiction recovery journey.

Get Help

If you or someone you love is facing an alcohol use disorder, The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper can help. We offer medical detox and comprehensive rehab programs that are tailored to suit your needs.

Medical Disclaimer: The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.