Helpful Hints for Your Admission to the Meadows:

Items Needed On Arrival

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Insurance ID card or copy of front and back of card

What to Pack


The high Sonoran Desert climate produces cool morning, hot daytime, and cool evening temperature variations. Casual, comfortable clothing (fairly conservative in style) is strongly suggested. It is recommended to pack the following items:

  • Jeans/Slacks
  • Sweats/workout Clothing
  • Knee-length (when seated) shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses
  • Leggings (if worn with shirt that extends to mid-thigh)
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Robe/housecoat
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, boots
  • T-Shirts, Polo style shirts, collared shirts
  • Bathing suits (one piece for females, trunks for males)

For recreational activities, appropriate apparel includes knee-length shorts and one piece bathing suits. These items may be worn in recreational areas such as the fitness center, pool, volleyball, and basketball courts. Sleeveless shirts and tank-tops are not allowed, so it is recommended to bring a comfortable t-shirt or short-sleeved workout top.


Patients are free to do laundry during leisure hours. All laundry supplies are provided by The Meadows, including irons. In addition, bed linens and towels are provided on campus.


There is limited availability/variety of personal toiletry items available for purchase in the Bookstore. All personal toiletries brought to The Meadows must be in their original containers. Non-alcoholic mouthwash is allowed. While emery boards are preferred, nail files or clippers (no longer than 1 ½ inches) are allowed on campus. Patients may bring their own electric/battery-operated razors. Disposable or safety razors are permitted but will be held by the Medical Services’ staff when not in use.


Any medications you bring to The Meadows 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.

A physician at The Meadows 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 The Meadows will refill all prescriptions as needed. Patients can bring a full supply of birth control pills, hormones, vitamins, etc., provided they are in their original, sealed containers. The Meadows will supply and replenish approved vitamins and supplements at no additional charge.


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 recommended to bring a small amount of cash ($200 or less).

If you currently have any Advance Directives or Living Will, bring a copy for Medical Records.

Sugarless gum (but not sugarless candy) is allowed. You may also bring your own pillow. Alarm clocks are provided by The Meadows.

For those with dietary restrictions, please note that a variety of food choices are available to vegetarians.

Plan to Leave the Following Items at Home

In order to have the most effective and powerful recovery, The Meadows does not allow certain items on campus. If you are packing for a stay at The Meadows, please plan to leave the following items at home, as they are prohibited on campus:

  • Electronic devices, such as cameras, laptop computers, iPods, 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, drug, alcohol, etc.)
  • Anything made of Spandex
  • Aerosol spray cans (except for shaving cream)
  • Herbal remedies
  • Chewing tobacco or cigars
  • Large amounts of cash (The Meadows is not responsible for personal items kept in a patient’s possession. However, The Meadows does provide access to a safe.)
  • Pocketknives or tools of any kind
  • Firearms/ammunition
  • Sewing kits
  • Smoking cigarettes is permitted (minors may not smoke) in designated areas only. If you plan to smoke while on campus, please bring enough cigarettes for your estimated length of stay.

Important Information

It is important to remember that all luggage and personal items will be searched upon arrival at The Meadows. Patients may request to be present for the search, during which time any prohibited items will be taken and held by staff until a patient leaves, or shipped to a patient’s home address.

For confidentiality reasons, cell phones/smartphones will not be allowed on campus. You may bring your cell phone/smartphone but these items will be held by staff. Patients will be provided the opportunity to make one initial phone call upon admission to verify arrival. There is a three day waiting period after admission before patients are permitted to use the phone. Monitored phone times are designated four times daily.

There is a TV for use in the peer lounge.

Visitors are typically allowed after a patient has been on campus 14 days and at the discretion of the treatment team. Visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays and major holidays.