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What to expect

Before your

What to expect before your stay at our treatment center

From your first interaction with The Steward House to your last, you can count on compassionate care from a group of experts committed to you and your recovery. Whether connecting you with our clinicians directly, arranging an in-person campus visit, or simply answering questions to better acquaint you with our program, we’re here to support you as you explore treatment options.

If you decide The Steward House is the right program for you, we schedule time to prepare you for your stay. Either in-person or over the phone, we guide you through our admission, financial and treatment assessment processes and procedures. This discussion helps prepare you for the comprehensiveness and time involved in the admission assessment process and the differences between a voluntary and involuntary admission.

What to bring

New Canaan, CT is located in Southern New England and weather conditions change seasonally and sometimes during the day. We recommend that you bring one week’s worth of clothing, in one small suitcase and that you be prepared to “layer”.

What to bring:

  • Casual, comfortable clothing
  • Limited toiletries
    • Manual or battery operated toothbrush
    • Dental floss
    • Alcohol-free hairspray (non-aerosol)
    • New, sealed deodorant (non-aerosol)
    • Make-up in original plastic bottles
    • Alcohol-free mouthwash or breath spray
    • New, unused shaving cream
    • Q-tips, make-up removal pads
  • Alcohol-free perfume or cologne
  • Electric razor and hair trimmer
  • Nail polish and polish remover (held by staff)
  • Hair dryer, curling iron, razors and tweezers are permitted at staff discretion
  • Body piercings are permitted at staff discretion
  • Magazines and/or books with appropriate content
  • Unopened packages of candy (max. 1 quart size bag), caffeine-free soda and gum
  • Foods related to special dietary needs
  • Lighters are permitted at staff discretion
  • Patients are responsible for their own jewelry, accessories, handbags, wallets and credit cards
  • High Efficiency (HE) laundry detergent

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Learn more about what to expect during your treatment at The Steward House.