What to Expect at Rehab

Getting to Sunrise House

Most people coming to Sunrise House fly into Newark Liberty Airport (EWR), located roughly 50 miles away (about a one-hour car ride).

Sunrise House employs a small team of drivers who can coordinate to pick up patients from Newark Liberty when they arrive.  Sunrise House can also facilitate transportation to the facility from destinations that are 2 hours driving distance away or closer.

We are unable to provide transportation to patients flying into JFK or La Guardia.

Your First 24 Hours in Recovery Treatment

Upon arrival at Sunrise House, you will be greeted by a receptionist who will gather any medications and insurance information needed and tag your luggage.

You will then meet with a wellness nurse to determine whether any medical or psychiatric stabilization is needed. Once this determination is made, you’ll meet with a doctor and counselor for a medical and psychiatric evaluation that will help us create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

You will then begin your treatment track. For some, the first step will be medically supervised detox from drugs or alcohol; others, such as those who completed detox in another facility, may bypass this step and immediately begin residential treatment.

If you are seeking only outpatient treatment, a receptionist will meet with you and assign a counselor. You will work with your new counselor to develop a treatment schedule that works for you.

Certain COVID protocols may apply for new admitting patients. 

What to Bring to Rehab

We recommend bringing the following items for your time at Sunrise House:

  • At least a week’s worth of casual clothing. Laundry facilities are available on-site.
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, etc.). All toiletries must be non-alcoholic. For example, no alcohol-containing mouthwash will be allowed into the facility.
  • Small amount of spending money for snacks.
  • Books and other reading material.
  • Cellphone/laptop/other small electronic devices. You are permitted to bring electronics; however, you will not be able to use them until you’ve completed detox.*

Traditional and e-cigarettes, as well as other nicotine or tobacco products, are permitted but must be unopened at time of arrival.

Can I Bring My Phone to Rehab?

While we do allow you to bring your cell phone or approved electronic device with you to treatment, in order to ensure a safe and therapeutic environment, and to protect the privacy of our patients, the use of cell phones and other electronic devices may be restricted during certain levels of care and treatment times. To learn more, please visit our our cell phone and electronics use policy page.

What NOT to Bring to Rehab

Sunrise House asks that patients not bring food to the facility. Our chef provides all meals, and there are several vending machines dispensing snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and gum. Sunrise House’s culinary staff can accommodate varying dietary needs and restrictions (e.g., gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, Halal, etc.)

Other items that are not permitted include:

  • Large electronic devices, such as televisions or gaming consoles. Televisions are not permitted in rooms.
  • Any opened toiletries, tobacco products, or foods. These will not be permitted onto the premises.
  • Revealing clothing.

A Typical Day in Rehab at Sunrise House

Psycho-education session or lecture.
Curriculum group, where you’ll learn skills you need to maintain your recovery.
Primary group therapy.*
Individual counseling.
Recreational time (rest, work out, read, eat dinner, etc.)
Topic discussion.
12-step meeting.
Reflection session (mindfulness and discussions about material learned during the day).

*Many different groups are available and will be provided based on your unique treatment needs.

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