What to Expect When You Arrive for Residential Treatment

The first step toward recovery is an important one. Once you’ve committed to treatment, our trained team of addiction experts are here to guide you every step of the way.

When you arrive at our residential addiction treatment center, you will be greeted by our experienced admissions team, who will take you through the registration process and answer any questions you may have. We will also collect any copays or deductibles at that time.

A medical assistant will take your vital signs and issue a breathalyzer to check your blood alcohol level. This allows us to get an accurate assessment of your current health status.

The presence of alcohol in your blood does not necessarily prevent you from entering treatment, however, your health and safety are our top priority. That’s why all patients admitted to our treatment center must be medically stable. A physician will perform a physical exam and determine your individual medical needs and if it is safe for you to enter treatment. 

When you arrive for treatment, please bring the following:

  • A valid picture identification (Driver’s license, passport, state ID or military ID)
  • Your health insurance card (if applicable)
  • One suitcase or duffle bag only
  • Comfortable, casual clothing, including sleepwear (Please note: clothing cannot contain images or text referring to alcohol or other drugs.)
  • Modest exercise clothing and a pair of rubber-soled gym shoes
  • All prescribed and over-the-counter medications you are currently taking, in the original labeled containers
  • Personal hygiene items such as shampoo, deodorant, shaving gear, toothbrush, and toothpaste (Please note: personal hygiene products cannot contain aerosol or alcohol)
  • A small container of laundry soap (washer/dryer available)
  • Name and address of your primary care physician, if you have one

Patients and visitors cannot bring:

  • Purses or backpacks
  • Alcohol, illicit substances or drug paraphernalia
  • Firearms, knives or weapons
  • Cell phones
  • Any electronic devices, including: laptops; iPads or tablets; music devices, including iPods, MP3 players, or CD players; pagers; video games; cameras; recording devices; clock radios; sleep machines or televisions
  • Fans, heaters or heating pads
  • Any food, snacks, candy or beverages (meals and snacks will be provided)
  • Mouthwash, hand sanitizers or other disinfectants
  • Keys
  • Musical instruments

Nicotine-free campus

All Henry Ford Health locations are Nicotine-free Zones. Cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaporizers, nicotine products (including smokeless tobacco) and lighters are not permitted by patients and visitors.

Additionally, we recognize that nicotine is a harmful addiction. Research indicates that when people discontinue nicotine use at the same time as they discontinue use of other substances, they have higher rates of success.

Family support

Your family or loved ones are encouraged to stay until the process is completed. While they are waiting, a Family Advocate will provide them with information on support systems and education resources available to them.


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