Treatment Center FAQ’s
In this section we have done our best to create detailed list of questions that clients and their families often have when making the decision to enter a treatment program. However, our dedicated and caring staff is always available to answer questions on an individual basis so don’t hesitate to reach out.
We will continue to develop this section as new questions arise.
What Do I Bring to Treatment?
Appropriate attire: jeans, casual slacks, sport shirts, skirts and dresses that are knee-length or longer, jogging suits, sweat shirts, sweat pants, and appropriate-length shorts such as Bermuda/walking shorts (covering 3/4 of the thigh). Hooded sweat shirts are not permitted indoors.
Open shirts, swimwear, etc. are allowed only for recreational and fitness activities and are considered inappropriate for therapy, meals, or meetings. Please do not bring form-fitting clothing, including leggings, tights, or tight pants. No biking or running shorts. No low-cut tops or blouses with spaghetti straps. Bare midriffs are not acceptable. Tank tops are not permitted.
Jeans must be clean and neat. Clothing must not have suggestive tears or cutouts.
Swimsuits for women must be one-piece, with shoulder straps, without revealing tops or high-cut legs. Swimsuits for men must be the ‘board short’ type.
Undergarments are required for all clients, (i.e., bras, underwear, and athletic supporters), as indicated. A sports bra may be worn as an undergarment when exercising in the gym. Undergarments are not to be visible.
Lightweight jackets and sweaters are recommended for evening wear year-round.
A heavier coat or jacket is recommended for winter months.
We recommend that you bring a limited amount of clothing (limit 2 suitcases and 1 carry-on). Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for client use. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, however, wash-and-wear clothing will be more convenient. Dry cleaning services are available at additional cost.
Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended. No high heels over 2″ are permitted. Shoes and/or slippers must be worn outside your room. Bare feet are not permitted, except in the pool area.
Electric razor/shaver is the only type allowed.
Living will or healthcare Power of Attorney.
Detailed list of all medications you are currently taking. Include the name of medication, the dosage and frequency administered, name of physician who prescribed the medication, and the reason for the medication.
Suggested additional clothing for recreational and therapeutic activities:
Boots or shoes with a sturdy heel (no HIGH heels over 2″).
Sunglasses and hat or visor. (Sunglasses are not permitted indoors.)
Reading material is limited to recovery-related topics. All books are subject to review by the client’s primary therapist.
Any electrical items, such as hair dryers, curling irons, or electric shavers will be checked for safety.
What To Leave At Home
Upon admission, our staff will examine you and check your belongings. Please do not bring the following:
Non-prescription medications, vitamins, herbs, or nutritional supplements.
Excessive or expensive jewelry.
Any electronic equipment, including radios, iPods/MP3 players/CD players/tape recorders, tapes/CDs, any type of portable media players, laptops, electronic address books, audio/video equipment, TVs, or cameras.
Cell phones and CD players may be brought for travel and then locked up upon admission and during your stay, until discharge.
Reading material not related to recovery. Novels, magazines, or publications may not be brought in. Books relevant to treatment will be assessed upon arrival.
Shoe polish, soap, detergent, or bleach.
Disposable razors, straight razors, razorblades, pocketknives, knitting needles, crochet hooks, or metal hairpieces.
Aerosol products, including deodorant and hairspray.
Products containing alcohol (i.e., mouthwash, aftershave, facial toner, perfume, perfumed lotions, etc.).
Food, chewing gum, breath mints, candy of any kind, sugar, or artificial sweeteners.
No insulated coffee cups, e.g, Starbucks.
Smokeless tobacco, cigars, rolling tobacco, or pipes.
Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs.
Firearms and/or supplies.
What is the Client Dress Code?
The goal of the dress code is to promote modesty and help clients stay focused on treatment goals. Therefore, too tight, too revealing, or transparent clothing will not be permitted.
Tank tops are not permitted.
Leggings, tights, and tight pants are not permitted.
Low-cut tops and tight clothing are not permitted.
Spaghetti straps are not permitted.
Undergarments must be worn; a sports bra may be worn as an undergarment and when exercising in the gym.
Undergarments are not to be visible.
Bare midriffs are not acceptable.
Shorts and skirts must cover 3/4 of the thigh for females and males.
Jeans that are clean and neat are permitted.
Sweat shirts and sweat pants are permitted without reference to alcohol, sex, violence, or sports.
Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended. Shoes must be worn outside your room. Bare feet are not permitted except in the pool area.
High heels over 2″ are not permitted.
Swimsuits for women must be one-piece, shoulder-strapped, without revealing tops or high-cut legs. Swimsuits for men are to be the ‘board short’ type.
T-shirts, hats, sweat pants, shirts, and other clothing that depicts alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, gambling, team sports, or musical bands are not permitted.
Sunglasses or hooded sweat shirts are not permitted indoors.
What is the Medication Policy?
It is important that you advise your intake coordinator of all medications you are currently taking. Include the name of the medication, the dosage and frequency administered, as well as the name of the physician who prescribed the medication. Please bring a 30-day supply of each of your prescription medications with you upon admission. Please do not bring non-prescription medications, vitamins, herbs, or nutritional supplements.
What is the Tobacco Use Policy?
The policy of Bella Monte Recovery Center is to not deny a client’s entry into treatment because of the use of nicotine, but to address this as an addiction. During the intake process, clients will be told of our goal to support them in becoming nicotine-free. However, for those who do smoke, there is a designated area, outside only, where smoking is permitted. Clients will not be able to purchase cigarettes; it will be necessary for you to bring what you will consume during your stay.
Smokeless tobacco, cigars, rolling tobacco, or pipes are not permitted at Bella Monte Recovery Center.