We’re excited to have you join our thriving community at Serenity View! Before you arrive, there are a few things you’ll need to do to make sure you’re ready for treatment.
Before You Leave
- Notify Your Employer
In some cases, federal law recognizes addiction as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act may protect your job and insurance if you’re absent from work to receive addiction treatment. Call our care advocates to learn more about this legislation and find out if it applies to your employment situation. Tell your employer that you’ll need to take medical leave and how long you will be out of work, but remember that you are not required to disclose the reason why. You have a right to privacy regarding medical issues, and employers are required by law to keep your situation confidential.
- Arrange Child and/or Pet Care
Children will likely want familiar, comforting faces around while you’re in treatment, so if possible, plan for childcare with a trusted loved one. If your child has any programs, events, or appointments in the upcoming month, be sure to arrange for those obligations as well. If you have pets, you may ask friends and/or loved ones to see if they can care for them temporarily while you are receiving treatment. If not, there are many pet boarding options in every state. Family and friends are an important part of recovery for you and your dependents. Make sure the person or people caring for your dependents have contact information for our facility so they can stay in touch.
- Financial Planning
Your normal monthly bills will most likely be due during your stay with Serenity View, so pay those in advance or set up automated billing while you’re with us. Planning in advance for rent/mortgage, utilities, cell phone, and other monthly bills will allow you to focus fully on recovery during your stay.
What to Pack / What to Leave
Please pack a week’s worth of comfortable clothing in no more than two suitcases. Serenity View has a facility with everything you’ll need to do laundry. Use the more detailed list below as a suggestion for filling your luggage.
- Comfortable shirts, pants, and/or shorts
- Pajamas or other modest sleepwear
- Sneakers and flip-flops
- Durable, closed-toe footwear for equine therapy
- Warm coat, hat, and gloves for equine therapy in winter months
- Light jacket and/or raincoat
- Gym clothing for exercise and outdoor activities
- Swimsuit for pool time from May-September (one piece or tankinis for women; no Speedos for men)
Personal Hygiene Products
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shaving supplies
- Nail clippers
- Blow dryer, if necessary
- Feminine products, if applicable
- License or photo ID
- Insurance cards, including medical, dental, and vision
- Prescription card
- List of all current medications and any known allergies to medications
- Discharge instructions from the hospital or another facility, if applicable
- Protection from Abuse documents, if applicable
- Labeled prescription medication*
- Writing materials and stamps to send mail
- Enough cigarettes for your stay, if applicable (these cannot be purchased during treatment)
- Travel alarm clock without radio
- No more than $100 in spending money
*Labeled prescription medications will be inspected by staff upon arrival and kept at the facility’s nursing station for your access during designated medication times.
Do Not Pack
- Any item containing drugs or alcohol (including hygiene products and kombucha)
- Cigars, pipes, or vaporizers
- Sexual paraphernalia or pornography
- Gambling items, like dice, cards, or chips
- Weapons of any kind, including pocket knives
- Over-the-counter medications (unless prescribed)
- Any aerosol product
- Clothing that’s revealing or has drug, alcohol, or sexual themes
- Valuables or large sums of cash
- Chewing gum
- Electronic items with Wi-Fi capability
- Cameras (including devices with built-in cameras)
Traveling to Treatment
Planning any trip is stressful, but we’re here to help so you can focus on your recovery. Visit our Finding Us page to learn more about how to travel for treatment.