3 Things a Drug Rehab Will Never Disclose and Why You Don’t Want Them To
Worried about going to rehabilitation because you don’t want to jeopardize your job, your place of residence, or reputation? You don’t have to be! HIPAA laws prevent rehabilitation centers (and any medical office for that matter) to disclose your personal information to family members, relatives, or your employer.
It’s illegal without your written consent.
Really, really illegal. If rehabilitation staff (and that includes everyone from your doctor, therapist, nurse, behavioral techs, and even janitors) discloses any information as to your attendance or progress in treatment, they may face jail time, hefty fines, and may even lose their licence to practice medicine- or work in the medical field.
Here are three things your treatment center will never disclose:
Your Name & Personal Information
It’s all in your name- and it will never be given out to anyone, without your express permission. Why is this important? Anonymity will allow you to recover in peace, and will bar anyone who are not included in your intimate family circle (deemed by you, and explicitly confided in by you) to probe you with questions- sometimes highly personal and inappropriate.
Withholding your name guarantees your employers, and future employers (including colleagues) will not have a personal bias or prejudice based on your medical history.
Akin to your name being off-limits, your home address, phone number, and any contact information are irrevocably protected too.
Your Medical Documents
Akin to typical medical practitioners, both detoxification and rehabilitation centers are not allowed to share your medical documents with other physicians, family members, or employers without your express, written consent.
Why is this beneficial?
For the same reasons you don’t want your name floating around where it may come back to haunt you. Your medical records may include transcripts from your conversations with your therapists, and will disclose any medications you took during the course of treatment. These intimate details ought not be shared unless sanctioned by you; thereby protecting you from defamation of character, slander, or embarrassment.
Which is not to say rehabilitation should be viewed as such- you may want to come out and spread awareness about addiction- but it should be done on your own terms.
Your Treatment Progress
No one has the right to know your progression of treatment. Whether your residency lasts for ten days or 90, that is your own business. Your treatment is not merely a means of gathering statistical data, but a deeply personal physical, mindful, and spiritual journey.
The same goes for relapse. Should you need to re-enroll into a treatment program, that is no one’s business but your own, and the select few in whom you confide.
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.