Admitting you have an addiction is bad enough without the spotlight being on you. There are ways in which you may make your journey to recovery easier, and more comfortable, as it relates to keeping your identity a secret. You might decide to go to great lengths to keep your identity a secret, such as choosing a treatment center outside of your neighborhood. In fact, there are some laws made for those with similar needs to yours and protecting your privacy.
While each state operates within the restrictions stated by federal laws – a couple of which will be discussed here – they may take further precautions to ensure the anonymity and confidentiality of patients. These statutes vary from one state to the next, so for your own peace of mind, it would be useful to conduct extensive research on what these laws may be.
The Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Enforced by the federal government, this act helps you to retain some level of control of your information, including your identity, and medical records. Any breach of the standards stipulated by this act will result in monetary fines or even imprisonment. Employees of a rehabilitation center are then held accountable for their actions regarding their handling of your information. In the event that you suspect a violation of this law, a formal complaint may be filed with the government.
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Privacy Law
This law complements HIPPA, as it too addresses the restrictions placed on the dispersal of a patient’s records. It highlights the importance of privacy. Any treatment center found to be in breach of this law may find themselves facing harsh fines.
Ideal versus Reality
The aforementioned laws outline what would happen in a perfect world. However, in reality, these rehabilitation centers are controlled by humans who are innately flawed. That being said, mistakes happen on occasion, hence, why the consequences are so stringent. We should also remember that these laws are there to protect you and your privacy and they typically do. Try not to let the fear of being discovered hinder your process to achieve recovery.Back to Blog