A gift that can prove both therapeutic and useful is a journal, perhaps along with a set of colored pencils or pens. Another thoughtful present for someone in rehab is something soft and warm to wear; often when someone is going through withdrawal from substances, they may experience chills and body aches. Food items such as candy or snacks are usually not permitted to be brought in during residential stays in rehab.
In addition to attending groups and lectures, individuals in inpatient addiction treatment will regularly have free time and may enjoy having a good book to read or a hobby to do.
Above all, when you do get to talk to your friend or loved one, be a good listener and try to respond in a positive, encouraging manner. Let them know you are proud of them for doing such hard and important work, and for taking this important step toward recovery.
Laurel Sullivan, Medical Technician