What to Bring

Helpful tips as your prepare

We want to ensure that you get the most from your time with us. That’s why we carefully consider what items will enhance your stay and which items are best left at home. Read this list carefully, so you can be prepared when you arrive.

What to pack:

The high Sonoran Desert climate produces temperature variations that include cool mornings and evenings with hot days. Casual, comfortable clothing (fairly conservative in style) is strongly suggested.

Patients are free to do laundry during leisure hours. All laundry supplies are provided by Gentle Path, including irons. All bed linens and towels are also provided on campus.

We recommended you pack the following items:

  • Weatherproof jacket
  • robe
  • slacks/jeans
  • sweats
  • tennis shoes
  • sandals
  • hiking boots
  • t-shirts
  • athletic apparel (non-spacndex
  • knee-length swim trunks, or board shorts.



Any medications you bring to Gentle Path must be prescribed by your doctor and in the original containers with prescription labels attached. Medications not labeled and/or with a potential for abuse or dependency will be destroyed upon arrival. Vitamins and supplements will be reviewed by the medical staff prior to admission.

A physician at Gentle will evaluate all medications brought into the facility. For this reason, it is recommended to only bring a 72-hour supply of prescription medications, as Gentle Path at The Meadows will refill all prescriptions as needed. Patients can bring a full supply of approved supplements, hormones, vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. Gentle Path will supply and replenish approved vitamins and supplements at no additional charge.


All personal toiletries brought to Gentle Path must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. Emery boards are preferred, but nail files or small clippers are also allowed. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted, but they will be held by the Medical Services’ staff when not in use.


Your Primary Counselor will evaluate treatment/recovery related reading materials (no outside reading materials are permitted). Please bring personal stationery, an address book, stamps, pens, and notebooks. It is also recommended to bring a small amount of cash ($200 or less).

If you currently have any Advance Directives or a Living Will, bring a copy for Medical Records.
Sugarless gum (but not sugarless candy) is allowed. Alarm clocks are provided by Gentle Path

What to Leave at Home

To provide a secure recovery environment, Gentle Path at The Meadows does not allow certain items on campus. When packing for a stay at Gentle Path, please plan to leave the following items at home, as they are prohibited on campus:

  • Electronic devices, including laptops, tablets, cameras, CD players, electronic games, musical instruments, or anything not related to recovery
  • Novels or magazines
  • Medication not prescribed by a physician
  • Candy (even sugar-free candy), food and/or beverages
  • Sports equipment
  • Hobby materials
  • T-shirts with suggestive messages (sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Fitbits and smart watches
  • Anything made of Spandex
  • Aerosol spray cans (except for shaving cream)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Large amounts of cash (Gentle Path is not responsible for personal items kept in a patient’s possession, however we do provide access to a safe)
  • Pocketknives or tools of any kind
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Sewing kits

More Details

Smoking Policy

Nicotine or tobacco products of any kind are NOT permitted on campus, including e-cigarettes and vaping. If you regularly use nicotine prior to admission, Gentle Path at The Meadows offers a supported smoking cessation program with a time-limited nicotine taper. Visitors also may not smoke or use tobacco products while on campus.

Phone Policy

While cellular phones and electronic devices are not allowed, Gentle Path allows telephone use during times outside of mandatory scheduled programming. Within the first 24 hours following admission, patients may make an initial phone call to a family member or significant other to check in and let them know they have arrived safely in treatment. After that, to allow for full engagement in the treatment process, patients are asked to refrain from making phone calls during their first 14 days of treatment. Exceptions to this rule may be considered, with staff approval, to allow calls for emergencies or contacting minor children. If a friend or family member encounters an urgent situation and needs to reach the patient, they may call 800-708-1743.

Internet Access

Because a great deal of sexual acting out behaviors can be facilitated by or accessed through the internet, Gentle Path at The Meadows places firm boundaries around patient internet access. Online access is very limited, directly monitored, and must be approved by staff. While patients may be allowed brief access to the internet to plan for discharge, schedule flights, or address emergencies, we strongly encourage patients to arrange for trusted family members, friends, or colleagues to manage personal, financial, and professional responsibilities while they are in treatment.

Important Information

All luggage and personal items will be searched upon arrival at Gentle Path. Patients may request to be present for the search, during which time any prohibited items will be removed and held by staff until a patient leaves or shipped to the patient’s home address. 

Visitation Restrictions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are currently not allowed on campus. We regret the inconvenience and look forward to the lifting of this restriction.

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