Be prepared to
change your life.
Preparation: Make a list, get it done.
After you’ve committed to going to an addiction treatment center, it’s time to think about the steps you should take in order to be fully prepared for your stay.
Many people who enter recovery for the first time probably don’t know what to expect and have anxiety about putting things in their lives on hold. Things like their job, bills, or family obligations.
It’s important to remember that it’s completely normal to feel stressed out about this new process. These worries can very easily be met head on by knowing what it is you need to prepare; then taking the time to do it.
Understand what to bring, and what not to bring.
Genesis House Addiction Treatment Center recommends that clients bring 10-14 days of varied clothing, keeping in mind Florida’s tropical climate. We have laundry machines available for all clients to wash their clothes while they are with us and the facility provides laundry detergent. We provide linens, bath and pool towels.
Clothing and shoes
We recommend clients to bring a few T-Shirts, Shorts, a pair of jeans, clothing to work out in if desired, a pair of flip-flops, and at least one pair of sneakers.
Cell phones & laptops
If clients bring their cell phones or laptops for travel, once they arrive it will be placed in our safe upon admission and then returned upon discharge.
We have a pool on campus and regularly go to the beach on weekends so a bathing suit is also highly recommended, as well as appropriate sunscreen and sunglasses if necessary. For women we prefer one-piece bathing suits.
Insurance & medication
Please also bring the original or copy of your insurance card/prescription card. If clients are on any medications bring them with you so we can get a full assessment.
Clients may also bring any toiletries they wish as long as none of the products contain Alcohol (such as Listerine, Rubbing Alcohol, Hand Sanitizers, etc. ). Please also bring any contacts and related products.
If clients wish to bring extra money to be kept in the safe for cigarettes/extra groceries it will be handed out upon request.
Clients may bring CD players, appropriate DVD’s, small radios, iPods (except for any device that accesses the Internet or has a camera, such as the iPad or iPod Touch) and books to help themselves relax during down time.
If clients need any phone numbers, they can access them with their counselors during their stay.
Genesis House cannot accept responsibility for personal valuables brought with you into treatment. We recommend leaving your valuables including jewelry, watches, and other sentimental items safely at your home or with trusted relatives. Genesis is unable to keep any valuables in the office and any valuables brought with our clients will be the client’s responsibility.
We employ a dress code to establish respect and professionalism while in treatment.
Genesis House believes that there is a positive relationship between attire, achievement, attitude, and behavior. The intent of this dress code is to establish dignity and professionalism while in treatment. It is also intended to improve the enforcement and discipline procedures to be followed by all staff members. A client’s appearance should not be a distraction/disruption to the learning environment. The dress code is not intended to be punitive, but to promote treatment success.
No clothing with inappropriate/offensive sayings, themes, or advertisement will be allowed. This includes but is not limited to alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, firearms, or gang-related insignias. Any clothing advertising such will be confiscated and returned upon discharge.
Clothing should cover from the shoulders to the waist at all times. Clothing that exposes the midriff area while standing, sitting, or reaching is not acceptable. Clothing should cover from the neck or just-below-the-neck, with no low or revealing necklines.
Size of clothing
The size of the shirts, blouses, or pants shall be appropriate to the client’s body size and shall not be unduly oversized or undersized.
Length of shorts
All shorts, skorts, and skirts must extend beyond the finger length or mid-thigh, whichever is longer.
Undergarments will not be visible and see-through clothing is not permitted, including sheer, net, or mesh clothing. Modesty is expected. Sleepwear is not permitted outside of the apartment.
Sunglasses, hats, hoodies, and other headgear are not to be worn indoors.
Men/women are required to wear a shirt at all times, unless in the pool area. All clients are required to wear footwear when not in the pool area.
Wearing clothing that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner, or disrupts the orderly learning environment is prohibited.
If a client participates in any physical activities, he/she is required to wear sneakers. Flip flops or playing barefoot is not permitted, except during volleyball.
Genesis House reserves the right to request a client to change his/her clothing if any of the above is violated. Excessive/frequent violations of the dress code is grounds for discharge.