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Privacy at Substance Abuse Treatment Centers

Going to substance abuse treatment centers can be beneficial to your overall health and well-being. These facilities are specifically designed to work with individuals who have addictions so that they can live better and more productive lives that do not necessarily revolve around their addictions. If you are considering checking yourself into this type of facility, you may be concerned about your privacy and the staff that work there.

How Substance Abuse Treatment Centers Keep Your Information Private

Going to an addiction facility is a lot like going to the hospital in terms of your privacy and personal information. The only ones who are going to know about your history, addiction and back story are the therapists and nurses who are there to help you out. No one at the facility is going to know who you are or where you came from unless you tell them. There are going to be meetings and groups available at the facility, but it is up to you if you want to divulge information while you’re there. Other than that, your information and history will be kept completely private at all times.

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There are substance abuse treatment centers that can give you the privacy you deserve.

There are a lot of rules and regulations concerning patient privacy in a drug treatment facility. Staff at the facility have to abide by HIPAA laws so that patients’ records and health history are kept confidential at all times. In the case that information is leaked about a patient, staff members can be hit with enormous fines and even prison time if taken to court. Because of all of these rules and regulations, you should not be afraid that your information or addiction history is going to be made public to anyone while in the treatment center. This goes for both substance abuse treatment centers that are either inpatient or outpatient.

Researching Your Treatment Center

Another type of privacy you might be wondering about when in substance abuse treatment centers is whether you will have your own space while there. If you’re going into an inpatient facility, you may have to pay extra in order to get a private room. In most cases, you will have a roommate there with you at all times. This can sometimes be uncomfortable for someone who isn’t used to this, so you might want to consider researching the facility you’ll be staying to see if private rooms are available and whether or not your health insurance will cover these costs.

In most cases, being in an inpatient facility is a very private manner and is very similar to living in a college dorm or being in a hospital. You will have a room, whether it is shared or not, and you will have a closed bathroom that is your own to use. Meals are normally given in a large cafeteria where everyone will meet several times a day. Certain facilities allow patients to eat in their rooms or even bring in their own food. Researching the facility you’ll be staying in will help you to find one that meets your needs and expectations.

Resources:

Drug Addiction Treatment in the United States
Privacy Issues in Mental and Substance Abuse Health
Privacy Issues with Substance Abuse Chapter 1

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