Drug and alcohol detox centers provide highly focused types of treatment that must necessarily prohibit a number of items from being brought into their facilities. But because addicts and their families are often in a high state of distress when arranging drug or alcohol detox treatment, some items may be brought to treatment that are strictly prohibited. If this happens the patient in question could be barred from that detox center, so understanding what items are disallowed is critical prior to checking in to an alcohol or drug detox program.
The following are the 10 most common items that are prohibited from entry into a detox facility. While this is not an exhaustive list for all treatment centers, nearly all detox programs prohibit these items:
Weapons like guns, knives, brass knuckles, baseball bats, batons, mace, stun guns and other items that are clearly designed to inflict bodily harm are not permitted at any detox facility in the country. Additionally, items not specifically designed as weapons but possibly used as such may be prohibited as well. This includes certain types of razors, box cutters, multi-tools, pen-knives, ratchets and any other tool or item that a detox center feels poses a threat to its patients.
2.) Pornographic Materials
Porn has no place in Detox Baltimore . The only focus should be on abstinence and dealing with the symptoms of Acute Withdrawal Syndrome. Porn may be offensive to other patients and staff and in some cases may be illegal in the locality the detox center is located in.
3.) Hate Materials
Any materials that express a message of hate are generally not permitted at drug or alcohol detox centers. This can include clothing, expression of gang signs and materials, posters, pictures or drawings with hateful ideation, or any materials deemed to be racist, sexist or otherwise hateful. Items of a hateful nature are counter-productive to the success of a detox program and create an environment of fear and isolation
The opposite type of environment that most Detox Baltimore try to foster
4.) Expired Medications
Expired medications, medications not specifically prescribed to you and many types of narcotic prescriptions will not be permitted while in detox. Medications that you truly need will be evaluated by medical professionals and granted, refilled or adjusted in the proper setting.
Additionally, medications that are not necessarily expired but have not been taken in some time will likely be refused until a medical evaluation has been completed. If you are currently on any type of medication, be sure to take it with you and make your intake counselors aware that you require specialized medicine.
5.) Household items of Abuse
If there is potential to abuse it, then it probably isn’t allowed at detox. This can include items that contain alcohol such as mouth wash and some types of cleaners, or it can include vanilla extract, aerosol sprays, “legal” herbs, cleaning substances like furniture polish and computer duster, white-out, permanent markers and many other common household items that addicts are known to abuse.
If you legitimately need any of these items while in detox, you can work with your assigned therapist to acquire and use them, even if in a monitored setting. However, don’t arbitrarily bring any of these items with you when you check in to detox.
6.) Drug and Alcohol Related Clothing and Memorabilia
Detox centers are not in the business of promoting drug or alcohol abuse and they won’t allow their patients to do so either. Hats, shirts, jackets and other types of clothing that advertise drug or alcohol consumption or that passively or actively glorify consumption is generally prohibited. Posters, pictures, images, etc depicting or celebrating drug abuse or drinking are also disallowed.