What To Expect

How To Prepare

Seeking help takes courage, and we’re here to make every decision going forward easy for you. To help you pack, here’s a list of items to bring:

  • All prescribed medications in the original container, labeled with your name
  • A supply of comfortable, clean clothes. We recommend bringing jeans or shorts, shirts, sweaters, a robe, socks, undergarments, pajamas, slippers and a jacket. (Pack as if you are going on a week-long vacation.)
  • Picture ID – you will need it at the doctors’ office
  • Insurance and Prescription Insurance Cards
  • A carton of cigarettes if you smoke. Self-contained e-cigarettes are allowed, but we do not allow vape cigarettes or drops.
  • Unopened toiletries
  • Unopened vitamins (We have natural vitamins.)
  • Recovery-based or faith-based books

There is no need to bring a purse or wallet. We will provide meals, and we have many toiletries and other conveniences on-hand.  

A washer, dryer, and laundry detergent are provided as a convenience; we do not assume responsibility for any damage to clothing.

Please know that your personal belongings will be searched upon arrival and may be searched during treatment if deemed necessary. We recommend keeping it simple: stick to the packing list.

Our Intake Process

Our intake process is all about getting to know you. We start with a physiological assessment and toxicology testing to ensure your safety and accommodate your specific needs for a comfortable stay. We will work with you to complete a psychological and cognitive evaluation to better understand your history with addiction and to identify any dual diagnosis disorders, such as depression and/or anxiety in order to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

We accept intake 24 hours a day.

Your Detox Schedule

During detox, you can expect a structured routine with a mix of group activities and free time. We serve coffee all day and the kitchen is open 24-hours.

We expect lights out by 11 p.m. If you can’t sleep, you may get up and talk with staff for a short while before going back to bed. You may not stay up for an extended period of time.

After your first 48 hours, you are required to participate in all activities. We understand that you won’t always feel physical well during detox and may not be able to participate in every activity, but we expect your best effort. Your program is designed for your long-term success — each step is important.

A typical day will include multiple activities.  These may include:

  • Group Counseling
  • Individual Sessions
  • Didactic Groups
  • Processing Educational Videos
  • Meditation and Journaling

You will also have ample time to nap, snack, watch TV, read or simply relax.

Discharge dates and times are prearranged for your convenience. We strive to provide each client with a solid aftercare plan to avoid a disconnect in services and decrease risk of relapse.

24-Hour Care

At Clean and Sober Detox, your health is our top priority as you complete the most physically challenging part of entering recovery. Our experienced wellness team and Detox Specialists will supervise you 24 hours per day to monitor your health and make you more comfortable as your body adjusts during the detoxification process. For your health and safety, you will not be allowed to leave the premises unless medically necessary. Each room, equipped with a television, provides a comfortable quiet retreat.

To provide to upmost quality care, attention and support, we accept no more than 6 clients at a time.


For your safety and well-being, we have a few house rules at Clean and Sober Detox. Here’s what to expect:

  • You will not have access to the Internet or personal electronic devices without staff approval or supervision. Though we make accommodations for our professional clients we encourage the opportunity to relax and focus on your wellness.
  • You are only allowed in your assigned bedroom. No exceptions. We expect each client to respect the personal space and property of other clients.
  • Food and beverages are not permitted in the bedrooms or living room for sanitary purposes.
  • You may use the office phone upon arrival to make a safe call.  To promote a calm and peaceful detox process, personal phone calls are not allowed after the safe call has been made.
  • Visitors are not permitted.
  • You must take necessary medication as prescribed. Chewing or ‘cheeking’ your medication may result in termination from the program.*
  • You must abide by our confidentiality and anonymity agreement and related confidentiality laws. You may not discuss other clients or group therapy sessions after you leave our facility.  
  • You are only allowed in your assigned bedroom. No exceptions.

*You may refuse your medication unless medically necessary. You may not take home any unused detox medication.

The following are grounds for immediate discharge:

  • Any violence or implied violence directed at any person or property
  • Tampering with or removing window screens
  • Use of alcohol or unauthorized use of mood-altering chemicals
  • Use of tobacco products inside the facility, including any use of chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes. You may smoke on the back porch.   
  • Any sexual contact with other clients, staff or volunteers
  • Any illegal activity
  • Discrimination of any kind based on age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, mental, or physical disabilities. We will not tolerate any sexual misconduct or discrimination of any type against other clients, staff, or volunteers.

Staff Expectations

We expect our staff to treat all clients with respect and to behave ethically.

Life After Detox

As you may have already experienced, detox is only the first step toward recovery. Overcoming physical dependence is a huge victory, but to gain lifelong freedom from addiction, the journey must continue with counseling, behavioral therapy or group support.

If your intake assessment revealed any dual diagnoses, such as depression, bipolar disorder or another illness, your counselor will recommend ongoing treatment to help you develop coping mechanisms.

We encourage all of our clients to participate in some form of structured counseling after completing detox.


We want to continue to be a part of your recovery. Join us for Alumni Night and engage in lasting supportive relationship with your fellow graduates. For information on alumni call 732-585-1770.