You have finally made the decision and want to begin treatment for your addiction, but you would rather it not be advertised to the world.  As you begin searching online for treatment centers you begin to see stories and pictures of recovering people posted everywhere.  At the end of your research your bigger question might be surrounding the issue of your privacy.  Will it be guaranteed?

Privacy policies – Treatment centers should have privacy policies as a standard piece of their literature.  The first step in determining how much of your privacy is protected in a treatment center is by sifting through privacy policies.  Treatment centers will vary regarding how much of your personal information is protected.  Most centers will require consent forms be signed before revealing any of your information or story publicly.  Strictly private treatment centers do exist specializing in anonymity for their clients.  Many clients, seeking a private treatment center, are high profile individuals wanting to avoid publicity.

HIPAA – There is much debate about how much the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act truly protects people.  This act contains general guidelines about how privacy should be protected within the healthcare system, including treatment centers for substance abuse.  This act does require continuing training for providers of healthcare centers so they can effectively protect their clients’ privacy.  Keep in mind that HIPAA provides privacy guidelines, but you will have to determine how much confidence you have in particular staffs to follow those guidelines.  HIPAA does have a system for filing complaints if you feel an individual or organization has violated your privacy rights.

When your information can be used – There are instances where your personal information can be used.  However, information can only be used in specific situations.  For example, if your life is endangered then treatment centers can share medical information with hospitals in an effort to save it.  Treatment centers are also allowed to share information with government agencies if they feel a child’s life is in danger.  A comprehensive list of what a treatment center can share should be noted in their privacy policy.

Your privacy is important.  Most treatment centers take your privacy very seriously.  If you are concerned about getting treatment even after reading an organization’s privacy policy, voice your concerns with the center’s representative.  You will glean more benefit from your treatment if you do not have to worry about how your information is used.   

The Springboard Center wants to change the way the Permian Basin and beyond approaches substance abuse. Our residential treatment programs offer an opportunity to restore the health and dignity of clients and their families. Call us today for information on our programs for addiction and alcoholism: (432) 620-0255