Your privacy and confidentiality are incredibly important and not things we take lightly here at The Good Life.
It’d be easy enough to leave it at that, but we don’t think that’s enough. One of our core tenants – both for personal recovery and as a business principle – is trust. We believe trust needs to be earned and that’s what this information is all about.
Read on to learn how we use the full extent of the law to protect you and your family during all stages of the treatment and recovery process.
If you have any questions, about confidentiality or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out today.
Client & Family Confidentiality
There are a number of laws that protect you or your loved one through the entire treatment process. This includes pre-treatment, during treatment, and several years post-treatment.
The big ones are Client Rights, HIPAA, and Title 42’s Code of Federal Regulations Part 2. Find a detailed breakdown of each below.
There are a number of rights our clients are entitled to. These aren’t negotiable and apply to everyone who walks through our doors.
It’s important to note that many of the following rights aren’t merely lip service. They’re inferred or outright stipulated by both HIPAA and Part 2 of Title 42’s Code of Federal Regulations.
What do we mean when we say client rights? Well, we’re talking about things like:
- All clients have the right to privacy which can only be broken by their express consent or a legal injunction
- All clients have the right to a treatment experience free of discrimination based on race, religion (or lack thereof), sexuality, age, appearance, or anything else
- All clients have the right to feel safe and secure during their time in treatment
- All clients have the right to file grievances against a program they feel has violated their rights
HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (of 1996). It’s a piece of legislation that provides privacy and security for patient medical information.
What that means for the non-lawyers among us is that your loved one needs to sign certain releases of information before any clinicians, doctors, or recovery professionals can talk to you, or anyone else, about them.
This express consent is better known as the Privacy Rule. It’s an often annoying part of the treatment experience, but it protects both you and your loved one’s medical records to the full extent of the law.
Title 42’s Code of Federal Regulations Part 2
This is an incredibly long and detailed explanation of the confidentiality rights of patients attending a drug or alcohol treatment center.
It would take us around 50,000 words to explain the entire thing and no one wants that. The gist is that, just like HIPAA, there are serious ramifications for breaking the confidentiality or privacy of anyone in treatment.
The Code can be found in full at the Federal Government’s Electronic Code of Federal Regulations website.
Privacy Helps Treatment
While that’s a fairly simple way of describing privacy’s positive impact on you or your loved one’s treatment – it’s also 100% true.
In other words, knowing that you and your family are protected under the full extent of the law does more than simply ease the family’s mind. It allows out clients to be completely engaged in the recovery process.
You don’t have to worry about what you share during one-on-ones or groups. You don’t have to worry about the stigma so often attached to recovery. You don’t have to worry about friends or coworkers finding out about your time in treatment.
You only have to worry about getting better.
Sounds good, right? Give us a call today to learn more about client confidentiality and its positive impact on personal recovery.