You may realize that you need to spend some time getting better, but you may not be ready to share your problems with everyone you know. You do have a choice about your rehab care, and you can learn more about how to share or not share your recovery experience with others.
Confidentiality in Addiction Rehabilitation
Licensed rehab programs in the United States are required to follow HIPAA privacy laws. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed and enacted by the United States Congress in 1996. HIPAA protects all of your information. Whatever you tell a licensed mental health counselor, doctor or medical professional should be held in strict privacy. Your addiction or your mental illness is your business and no one else’s. If you tell your counselor about drug use, many types of illegal activity or other questionable actions, the information will remain between you and your counselor. If you have any doubts or worries about telling your counselor something, it is perfectly acceptable to ask more questions about your privacy.
There are some exceptions to HIPAA privacy you should know about. These exceptions were designed to protect you and others. A therapist, medical professional or counselor must tell someone if you are in danger of harming yourself or other people. Medical and mental health professionals must also tell someone if there is a child or elderly person being abused. These rules are created to protect you, and the information will only be shared with other people who can help and not the general public, your family or anyone outside of treatment.
Who You Share Your Rehabilitation Story with Is Your Choice
Choosing rehab may save your life. Rehab can help you get past an addiction safely and even help you uncover the reasons behind your addiction, so you can live a happier and healthier life. If you would like to attend rehab, you have every right to keep your treatment a secret. There are many ways to keep your rehab treatment secret.
We can help. We offer a toll-free helpline that is staffed by experienced and knowledgeable rehab counselors. Our phone counselors will take the time to get to know you, and as with all other counseling experiences your information will remain private. Our counselors can help you make a plan for treatment, arrange travel to and from treatment, arrange insurance coverage for rehab and find confidential support. Who you tell about your addiction issues is your choice. Please call our toll-free helpline to find out how we can help you.