What to Bring

What To Bring

Multiple studies have shown residential treatment is an effective form of treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. It allows patients to work on their problems in a stress-free environment without distractions or temptations. Additionally, staying in a residential program allows patients to share space in a supportive, caring environment with people going through the same challenges they are. Sovereign Health maintains multiple treatment houses and apartments in the suburban city of Chandler, Arizona. We strive to create a welcoming, calm environment for women who stay with us.

Treatment is a journey, and like any journey it’s important to prepare before you start. Although cell phone use is initially restricted and later strongly controlled for patient safety, there are many other items patients can bring with them to make their stay even more comfortable. Some of them, such as toiletries, are necessary; others, such as books and alarm clocks, can make the stay more enjoyable. Typically, most stays with Sovereign Health last between 30 and 90 days.

Additionally, patients are welcome – and encouraged – to stay in contact with their loved ones during their stay.

What To Bring

  • Only one suitcase
  • One carry-on item, such as a backpack, duffel bag or purse
  • Enough clothing, socks and undergarments for seven to 10 days. Laundry facilities are available. Comfortable, casual clothing is encouraged
  • All personal hygiene products. Note: Products containing alcohol, such as mouthwash, are not allowed
  • Grooming products such as blow dryers, irons and curlers
  • Exercise clothing for gym and/or yoga sessions
  • A bathrobe, slippers and pajamas
  • Your insurance card/driver’s license/social security card


If you’re currently taking prescriptions, please bring a 30-day supply. If you need a refill, do so before being admitted to treatment. If you are taking addictive prescription medications, you are requested to bring those as well. Supplements and vitamins must be in sealed containers.

All medications, supplements and vitamins must be reviewed – and approved – by Sovereign’s treatment team before patients are allowed to use them. Additionally, all prescription bottles must have the prescribing information on them.

We accept Most Private Insurance, reach out to us to so we can help!

What Not To Bring

  • Any clothing that promotes or depicts the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications, unless for a specific condition
  • Drugs or paraphernalia associated with drugs
  • Cameras or devices with cameras, such as smartphones
  • Any household product containing alcohol, such as mouthwash or hydrogen peroxide
  • Computers, tablets, smartphones or laptops. Computer access is provided during designated activities; access to email will be provided to patients during business hours
  • Any radio or music player with external speakers

Optional and Recommended Items

  • A music player, such as a CD, tape or MP3 player. However, players that can access the internet, such as the iPod Touch or smartphones, are not allowed
  • Watch and/or an alarm clock
  • A journal
  • A swimsuit
  • A book with addresses, stationery and stamps for letters
  • Reading materials – we have books available, but you might prefer your own tastes
  • Pictures of friends and family
  • Beach towel and sunscreen
  • A pillow. Bedding along with pillows are provided, but you might feel more comfortable with your own

Additional Notes

Patients aren’t allowed to use cell phones for the first 72 hours after being admitted to care. After that time, cellphone access is determined by staff on a case-by-case basis. Phone access is available to patients on arrival and during business hours at the clinical office. Patients also have access to email during business hours.

For patients who do not have credit or debit cards, or simply prefer using cash, there are weekly shopping trips with a maximum budget of $30 – not including the cost of cigarettes.

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