Nexus Academy | Personalized Drug & Alcohol Rehab

What to Bring

Learn what is necessary for your teenager to bring with them to our facility.

When coming to Nexus Teen Academy’s Teen Residential Treatment Center, it’s important to come prepared to have a transformative experience. Our residential program involves staying on-site for 30+ days, which can be highly effective in supporting your teenager’s journey toward overcoming mental health issues and substance abuse addiction. To ensure a smooth transition and comply with our facility’s guidelines, it’s essential to bring certain items for your stay and leave others at home. We’ve curated a comprehensive packing checklist specifically tailored to our residents’ needs while in treatment.

What to Bring

Treatment plans at Nexus Teen Academy are highly individualized and depend on the specific needs and duration of each client’s stay. While we provide an overview of a 30+ day treatment program, we have the flexibility to expedite or extend treatment to align perfectly with your personalized program.


No need to overpack, laundry is done frequently. Please avoid items with removable laces or drawstrings. All clothes must fully cover residents’ bottoms and/or underwear.
  • Two weeks of clothes (be mindful of temps in Phoenix)
  • Sleepwear (Pajamas or comfy appropriate clothing)
  • Socks (include high socks for Equine)
  • Undergarments
  • Shirts
  • Shorts (that fully cover underwear and buttocks)
  • Pants (for outdoor activities)
  • Workout clothes
  • Cozy sweater/Sweatshirt/Indoor jacket
  • Swimsuit or clothes that can get messy
  • Robe (if desired)
  • Shower shoes
  • Sandals, comfortable/casual shoes (no laces)

Hygiene Products:

ALL toiletries MUST be alcohol-free
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush (non-electric), Mouthwash, Retainer
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion and Sunscreen
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Face wash and moisturizer
  • Basic make-up, if desired (it will be stored with the nurse)
  • Crystal hair remover or electric razor (if wanted)
  • Glasses, Contacts/Contact Solution


Please disclose all prescribed medications to our Nexus Teen Academy staff before your arrival. If you have any doubts regarding the appropriateness of your prescribed medication, notify our admissions or intake team
  • List of (current) prescribed medications along with dosages
  • Prescribed medications must arrive in original packaging

Important Documentation:

  • Guardian Identification (Driver’s License, Passport, etc.)
  • Health Insurance card
  • Pharmacy Documentation or Prescription Information
  • Legal Guardianship documents (Divorce Decree or notarized custody document)
  • Death Certificate (if a parent is deceased)
  • Discharge papers (if transferred from another facility)
  • Unofficial school transcript
  • Copy of 504 or IEP from school or any other psychological evaluations (if applicable)
What to bring to teen residential treatment


  • Pictures of family, friends, and/or pets
  • Favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal
  • Books for recreational reading
  • Sunglasses & Hat (for outdoor activities)
  • Hiking shoes (without shoelaces)
  • Scientific calculator (if needed for school)
  • School notes and/or books for required reading (we do not permit school tablets or computers)

Leave at home:

  • Jewelry
  • Belts
  • Clippers/nail scissors/razors
  • Instruments
  • Phones
  • Wallets
  • Food from home
Things to leave at home when attending nexus teen academy teen residential treatment for mental health and teen substance abuse treatment


Any attire that detracts from the treatment environment is not acceptable. Students should dress in a manner that, in addition to the following guidelines, considers the healing environment at Nexus and the safety, health, and welfare of themselves and others.

Residents Must Wear:

  • Day and night residents are to wear clothing that fully and completely covers private body parts (genitals, buttocks, chest, and nipples) in non-see-through materials. Shirts and tops may not expose more than an inch of bare midriffs or bare shoulders nor be deeply cut in the front, back, or under the arms. Clothing should not expose undergarments. Clothing should be comfortable and fit appropriately- not too tight or short.
  • Outside shoes must have hard soles. Slippers or sandals can be worn inside. Shoes must be worn at all times in the interest of safety.

Residents May Wear:

  • Clothing with images/logos that adhere to dress code guidelines
  • Dresses, pants, shorts, skirts, sweatpants
  • Fitted or tight pants, including skinny jeans, non-see-through leggings or yoga pants
  • Hoodie sweatshirts (no hoods worn inside during groups or individual sessions)
  • Religious headwear and other religious head/face coverings
  • Ripped jeans, if undergarments are not exposed
  • Tank tops, including those with spaghetti straps

Residents Cannot Wear:

  • Gang-identifying clothing
  • Hate speech, profanity, nudity, or pornography
  • Images or language depicting alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia (or any illegal item or activity)
  • Violent images or language
  • Tattoos displaying defamatory writing, obscene language or symbols, or symbols of drugs, sex, or alcohol must be covered.
  • Visible undergarments
  • Shoes with wheels or rollerblades
  • Jewelry or ornamentation shall not be worn if it presents a safety hazard to self or others.
Consequences for Violation: Residents who do not adhere to Nexus’ Guidelines for Dress may be asked to change, turn inappropriate clothing inside out, or cover undergarments. If non-adherence to Nexus’ clothing policy continues, residents’ families will be notified, and they will be put on a Behavior Contract.

Call Now

Our addiction specialists are available 24/7 and can help you find same-day placement.

Schedule a Consultation

E-mail our admissions team to discuss the next steps in your teen’s recovery journey.

teen residential treatment insurance

Private Insurance Plans Accepted

We work with most major insurance providers. You can confidentially check to see if your treatment is covered by insurance. Our admissions experts are here to guide you through the process.
teen residential treatment insurance

Private Insurance Plans Accepted

We work with most major insurance providers. You can confidentially check to see if your treatment is covered by insurance. Our admissions experts are here to guide you through the process.


The length of the program is tailored to meet the specific requirements of your teenager. Our treatment approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, and we conduct weekly evaluations to assess your teen’s progress. Our primary goal is to equip your teenager with the essential skills necessary for long-lasting success, not just temporary victories.
We will move as fast as we can to help your family. If everything moves smoothly, we can admit your teenager within a few days.
Yes, we do accept most major private pay insurance plans. We unfortunately don’t accept AHCCCS or medicare/medicaid.
Yes! It’s a requirement. Our program is extremely family-focused. A major part of our ethos is ensuring your teen goes home after treatment in a healthy and positive situation. That involves quite a lot of involvement from the family, including family therapy sessions.