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Can I Use My Phone During Rehab?

“Can I have my cell phone during rehab?”

It’s one of the most commonly asked questions that admissions coordinators get asked by prospective patients and their families–and that’s understandable. In today’s world, we are constantly connected to our phones, other electronic devices, and each other. Some people even go as far as to say they are addicted to their phones. After all, everyone knows that heart-stopping feeling of reaching for your phone in your back pocket, only for it to be missing and out of place. 

While the rules regarding cell phone use during rehab vary from one facility to the next, some treatment centers do allow their patients to bring and use their phones. However, the vast majority of treatment facilities do not allow unsupervised, unregulated cell phone use. In other words, you can bring your phone, but you may not always be permitted to use it.

Why Cell Phone Use is Limited During Rehab

Smartphones do everything. They allow you to make phone calls, send and receive texts, scroll social media, and play games. They can even track your steps, measure your heart rate, and act as a personal fitness coach. Like most people, your phone is probably your social connection, your calendar, and your entertainment. Although useful, cell phones can also be distracting.

Recovering from drug or alcohol addiction requires your full attention. While in rehab, your days are spent participating in group and individual therapies so you can uncover the root cause of your addiction and begin to heal. You must also get medical care, learn new coping skills, and participate in group workshops that prepare you for life after treatment. Your time spent in rehab is precious, so it’s important that you do everything you can to make the most of it. This means minimizing distractions.

Cell phone use is limited and even restricted during rehab for very good reasons. Some of which include:

  • Spending too much time on your phone can distract you from therapy
  • Having contact with friends who are still using substances can be unhealthy
  • Access to your dealers’ phone numbers or friends who use drugs can increase your temptation to use drugs or alcohol
  • Social media can bring unwanted stress and distraction to you when you should be focusing on your personal recovery
  • Watching media that portray drug and alcohol use can be triggering and upsetting

Can I Use My Phone to Call Home During Rehab?

Even though you may not be able to use your cell phone any time you want, you will be permitted to call home during allotted times. Whether or not you can use your personal phone to do this or the rehab center’s phone depends on the facility. 

Most addiction treatment centers in South Florida have certain hours of the week during which phone use is permitted. You may be able to call family or other friends. However, the amount of time you can spend on the phone may be limited, too. Most programs won’t allow you to simply sit on the phone for several hours. Instead, they want you to stay connected with friends and family to get the support you need while also participating in all of the services the program has to offer. 

Just in case you can’t use your phone, be sure to bring a list of phone numbers of important people with you for treatment.

What if I Need My Phone for Another Reason?

Your phone does more than just keep you connected. It may also be how you pay your bills and take care of your responsibilities. If you realize during rehab that you need to use your phone to pay a bill, retrieve healthcare information, or check an important email, a staff member may retrieve your cell phone from a private, secure locker so you can use it under their supervision.

To avoid any inconvenience, try to pay your bills ahead of time or give your account access to a trusted friend so they can take care of those obligations for you. The fewer distractions you have, the better.

Other Rules and Regulations During Rehab

Cell phone restrictions aren’t the only rules you have to follow during rehab. Other common rules and regulations include:

  • No unapproved visitors during rehab
  • No weapons, violence, or inappropriate clothing
  • Mandatory attendance and participation in all therapy sessions
  • Total abstinence must be verified through randomized drug testing
  • No new relationships or fraternizing with other patients
  • Media use regulations

If you break any of the rules, you will likely be given a warning and a consequence. However, breaking the rules more than once may result in you being asked to leave the treatment program.

Find Addiction Help for Yourself or a Loved One

Taking a break from your smartphone can actually be refreshing. It gives you time to self-reflect, dig deep into your healing, and truly connect with other recovering individuals. To learn about the cell phone policy at Mandala Healing Center, speak with an admissions coordinator.

Mandala’s Admissions Coordinators are available 24 hours a day. All calls and forms are 100% free and confidential. We treat those we serve with compassion, dignity, and respect. So don’t wait any longer to get the help you deserve. Call now to start your recovery.