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Can You Have Your Phone In Rehab?

by Demarco Moore

June 30, 2023
a man uses a cell phone which is not allowed during alcohol and drug rehab

Updated: July 17, 2023, at 11:04 a.m.

Understanding Phone Rules During Alcohol & Drug Rehab

If you’re considering rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, you might wonder, “Can I bring my phone?” It depends, as each residential treatment center has its own cell phone rules. At Landmark Recovery, we don’t allow cell phones during treatment.

What’s this blog about?

  • Many patients worry about being unable to talk to their loved ones without a cell phone during treatment.
  • Each rehab facility may have different rules about using cell phones.
  • Treatment centers like Landmark Recovery prioritize creating a distraction-free environment for patients.
  • Patients have different ways to stay connected, like having a scheduled phone call once a week, sending letters, and having visitation days.

Why Phones Aren’t Allowed During Rehab

Rules against cell phones are in place to support patients’ recovery and provide a distraction-free environment. At Landmark Recovery, we understand the concerns and potential anxieties around not having a cell phone during treatment. However, we also recognize that cell phones can trigger emotional distractions and urges, hindering progress.

Therefore, disconnecting from technology can help you minimize these distractions and fully commit to overcoming addiction, achieving lasting change, and creating a brighter future. This temporary break from technology will allow you to focus on healing and fully create lasting change.

What to Pack for Inpatient Rehab

a detailed list of what patients should bring to residential treatment or inpatient rehab at landmark recovery

How Patients Stay Connected With Loved Ones Without a Phone

a man's wife and daughter visit him during alcohol and drug rehab because he can't have his cell phone

Patients are often worried about not having a cell phone during treatment. Many want to stay connected with their loved ones and maintain that important support system. At Landmark Recovery, we understand these concerns and offer alternative communication methods to address this need, including:

  • Scheduled weekly phone calls: You can have a phone call each week scheduled by your primary therapist.
  • Sending and receiving letters: You can exchange letters with your loved ones to share updates, encouragement, and support.
  • Family day visitations: We organize special visitation days where you can spend time with your family, strengthening your bond and receiving their support.

What NOT to Pack for Inpatient Rehab

a detailed list of what patients should not bring to residential treatment or inpatient rehab at landmark recovery

Leave Your Phone & Start Your Journey to Sobriety

Are you or someone you care about seeking addiction recovery? Landmark Recovery supports your journey by offering personalized residential and inpatient treatment options. While our policies might mean temporarily leaving your phone at home, it’s for a critical purpose: to provide the best environment for your recovery journey. 

Call our confidential admissions team at 888-448-0302 anytime — we’re available 24/7/365. Visit our locations page to find a residential treatment center near you. 

If you’re interested in further information about rehab and recovery, check out these resources:

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About the Author

Demarco Moore

Demarco Moore

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Demarco Moore currently writes blogs about drug addiction treatment and recovery to help save lives at treatment provider Landmark Recovery. Before that, he cut his teeth as a sports writer at the Manchester Times, where his coverage and stories won Tennessee Press Association awards in 2016 and 2017.

He’s always had a knack for storytelling. Moore’s written content for junior golf tournaments and helped to amplify the “People Not Profits” message of credit unions. When he’s not writing, Moore loves to travel, laugh and put his mental health into the hands of the Tennessee Titans during football season.