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Best Care Package Ideas to Send Your Loved One in Detox (And What You Can’t Send Them)

When an addict or alcoholic makes the decision to go into detox (or is given a loving nudge), it can be one of the most frightening, yet courageous moments of his or her life. Getting clean and sober isn’t easy, and could quite possibly be the hardest thing your loved one will ever encounter.

If you are wanting to send a care package, it’s clear that you are giving your love and support to this person. Continuing to support their recovery while taking care of yourself, is the best thing you can do, no matter how hard the road may seem. Everyone appreciates receiving gifts, even more so when you’re in detox. Knowing that someone is thinking of you on the outside, means more than you can possibly imagine.

Now that they are safe, you can relax a little and bring some sunshine to their spirit by giving them a few goodies. Gifts don’t need to be extravagant. In fact, simple things such as a blanket, socks, underwear, or a hoodie are much appreciated. The basics are always welcome, including: toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, makeup, chapstick, and lotion. A favorite hat, flip flops, sunglasses, slippers, and pajamas are also wonderful things to have in detox. Sentimental items are nice to include: pictures, a book you like, music, and letters are not only meaningful, but can be motivational for their recovery.

Then there are snacks. When an addict or alcoholic goes through detox, their body usually begins craving treats. Though eating a lot of sweets is generally discouraged, your addict or alcoholic might feel like it’s Christmas Day when they pull suckers, pretzels, gummy bears, chocolate, peanut butter crackers, etc., out of their box of love.

Of course, there are things that are not allowed in detox, and some you shouldn’t send. To play it safe, check our website or give us a call to find out what is and what isn’t allowed. Drugs and alcohol are obvious offenders, and items with high alcohol content, e.g., mouthwash, perfume/cologne, and hand sanitizer are not allowed. Over the counter medications may also be off-limits and confiscated until checkout.

Keep in mind, staff will go through the box, so you may want to refrain from including personal/intimate items. Lastly, please be cognizant of not sending things that may remind your loved one of drugs and alcohol, or painful memories linked to their addiction. Your thoughtfulness will mean the world to your loved one. Anything you think they’ll enjoy, will be welcomed and greatly appreciated.

The Serenity Recovery Center stands as a landmark of the Encino Hospital Medical Center offering the best of detox. Committed to providing comfort and care, our private detox program supports the first foundational steps of sobriety. Contact us today for information: 866.294.9401