What to Bring to Treatment

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Deciding what to bring to treatment can be tricky. Luckily, the following list makes it easy. Magnolia Creek recommends that clients bring a limited amount of clothing and personal belongings (including valuables) to treatment. Clients may bring two (labeled) suitcases as well as one carry-on bag to treatment. Each client is provided with a bedside table where valuables can be locked and stored. Additionally, Magnolia Creek provides a comfortable bed, dresser, hangers, closet space, linens, towels, computers (and internet access), and phones (with long distance capabilities). Household supplies such as soap, paper towels, toilet paper, and laundry detergent are provided to clients in the residential program. Clients in our partial hospitalization program (PHP) are responsible for purchasing their own household items. PHP clients are also responsible for purchasing the food they eat during non-programming hours.

Personal Items

  • Identification card (e.g. driver’s license), insurance card, pharmacy prescription card, and credit card (required by Turenne Pharmaceuticals for medication expenses).
  • Prescription medications (in original containers).
  • Small amount of spending money (less than $200) for personal items. (Clients are responsible for their own funds).
  • Suggested items include the following: stamps, envelopes, cards, favorite pillow/blanket, photos books, and music (including portable music devices).
  • Suggested clothing items include the following: tennis shoes, sunglasses, a lightweight jacket or sweater (in warmer months), a heavy coat or jacket (in cooler months), clothes appropriate for religious outings (if desired).

The Magnolia Creek Dress Code

  • Clients wear casual and comfortable clothing during regular programming hours; pajamas may not be worn between the hours of 6:45 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
  • Clients do not wear revealing attire and clients wear and cover appropriate undergarments at all times.
  • Clothing is clean and does not display inappropriate slogans, pictures, etc.
  • Clients do not wear sheer shirts/skirts, tank tops, tube tops, halters, camisoles or anything that reveals midriff, back, or cleavage; clients button shirts at least 2/3 of the way up.
  • The hemline of shorts, skirts, and dresses clients wear is fingertip length or longer.
  • Clients wear shoes appropriate for the terrain and program activities; we also do not permit clients to wear heels over 3 inches high.
  • Clients provide their own clothing and do not share clothes with other clients.
  • Clients do not wear leggings or tights in place of pants.
  • All clients must wear shoes at all times.
  • Clients do not change clothes throughout the day, except when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Clients who do not abide by dress code will then be required to change into more appropriate clothes.

What to Leave at Home

  • Calculators
  • Non-prescription medications, vitamins, diet pills, diuretics, laxatives, stool softeners
  • Tobacco products
  • Artificial sweeteners or water flavoring packets
  • Fashion magazines
  • Food, beverages, gum, candy
  • Scissors, pocket knives, letter openers, sharp craft tools, wire hangers, lighters
  • Aerosol hairspray or aerosol deodorant
  • Acetone-based products
  • Alcohol-based products, such as mouthwash or alcohol-based body sprays
  • Bathing suits

Magnolia Creek Treatment Center for Eating Disorders

If you have additional questions about what to bring to treatment, feel free to contact us. Our admissions staff will be happy to go over what to bring to eating disorder treatment with you. Give us a call today at 866-318-2329.