At The Rose, we place a premium on providing respectful treatment of clients, family members, and staff in a safe and supportive environment. We have systems in place to ensure that the rights of our clients and their family members are preserved and protected. These rights are outlined in the client handbook that will be given to you upon admission.
Also, every member of our team is committed to upholding all state and federal laws regarding client confidentiality in all communication, record-keeping, and all other aspects.
When you arrive, you will be welcomed by one of our very friendly staff members. There will be some paperwork to complete, and your personal belongings will be searched for your safety as well as for the safety of others who live and work here. You will be given a brief tour of our center, and then you will be escorted to your room.
What to Bring
In order to ensure that your intake process is a smooth one, and that you are best prepared to start your time at The Rose on a positive note, please review the list below and be sure that you pack accordingly:
- Plan to bring a limited amount of clothing (you may bring no more than two suitcases and one carry-on). Laundry facilities, including supplies, are available for client use. Irons and ironing boards are accessible, but we suggest that you bring wash-and-wear clothing. Dry cleaning services are not available.
- Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended, as are as sandals or flip-flops. High heels over two inches are not permitted.
- Lightweight jackets and sweaters are recommended for evenings, and a heavier coat or jacket is recommended for winter months.
- Swimsuits are permitted for occasional beach outings as long as they conservatively cover the body.
- Electric razors are allowed, unless a clinical concern disallows a particular client from having one.
- All electrical items, including but not limited to hair dryers, curling irons, and electric shavers will be checked for safety.
- Be sure to bring your insurance card with you.
- Please bring a detailed list of all medications you are currently taking. Include the name of medication, the dosage and frequency administered, the name of physician who prescribed the medication, and the reason for the medication.
- We suggest that you bring approximately $250 for spending money. Cash is suggested.
- Please bring a large enough supply of toiletries to last your entire stay.
- Definitely bring appropriate reading materials for your leisure time.
What to Leave at Home
When you are admitted to Sober Living by the Sea, a staff member will examine you and check your belongings. Please do not bring the following items:
- Excessive or expensive jewelry (We do have a safe, but we cannot be responsible for your valuables. Please leave whatever you can at home.)
- Exercise equipment
- Craft materials
- Musical instruments (guitars ok)
- Shoe polish, detergent, or bleach
- Straight razors, razorblades, pocketknives, knitting needles, or metal hairpieces
- Products containing alcohol (including but not limited to mouthwash, aftershave, facial toner, perfume, and certain perfumed lotions)
- Food, chewing gum, breath mints, candy of any kind, sugar, or artificial sweeteners.
- Insulated coffee cups
- Smokeless tobacco, cigars, rolling tobacco, pipes, or vapes (We will not deny a client’s entry into treatment because of the use of nicotine, but we will address tobacco use as an addiction. We have a designated outdoor area where smoking is permitted, and clients have the opportunity to purchase cigarettes once each week.)
- Illegal substances or mood-altering drugs
- Firearms and ammunition
The following types of electronic equipment are also prohibited: radios, iPods/MP3 players, CD players/tape recorders, tapes/CDs, laptops, electronic address books, audio/video equipment, TVs, cameras, and any other type of portable media layer.
If you bring your cell phone, MP3 player, or any other portable media player for entertainment while in transit, we will store these items for you and return them to you upon discharge.
Client Dress Code
The goal of the dress code is to promote modesty and help clients stay focused on treatment goals. Determination of inappropriate attire is done at admission, and is not negotiable. Please note the following guidelines when packing for your stay at The Rose:
- Clothing that is deemed inappropriate will be safely stored until discharge.
- Low-cut tops and tight or revealing clothing is prohibited.
- Undergarments must be worn. A sports bra may be worn as an undergarment and when exercising in the gym.
- Undergarments are not to be visible.
- Bare midriffs are not acceptable.
- Shorts and skirts must cover at least two-thirds of the thighs.
- Jeans that are clean and neat are permitted.
- T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and sweat pants are permitted as long as they have no references to alcohol, drugs sex, violence, gambling or other unacceptable topics.
- Flat-soled or tennis shoes are recommended.
- High heels (over two inches) are not permitted.
- Swimsuits must be modest, appropriate, and not over revealing.
- Sunglasses or hooded sweatshirts are not permitted to be worn indoors.