The social stigma surrounding addiction prevents many people from admitting they have a problem. They fear that if they ask for help, they’ll receive judgment instead. Many of them continue to struggle with substance abuse because of this shame.
In response, the federal government has implemented healthcare privacy laws, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), that protect individuals in addiction treatment. But what about those who are not in treatment yet?
Most reputable drug rehab centers offer complete confidentiality so you can call without the risk that your loved ones, employer, or anyone else will find out.
What Questions Will A Drug Rehab Center Ask Me When I Call?
A drug rehab center will not request personal information unless it is necessary to enroll you in treatment. They may ask for your phone number in case you get disconnected or where you live to refer you to rehab facilities in your area.
To best help you, a drug rehab center representative may ask you questions such as:
- What type of substance are you addicted to?
- How long have you been struggling with substance abuse/addiction?
- Have you been in a drug rehab program before?
- Do you have a support system at home?
If you’re interested in learning more about the rehab center, a treatment specialist will provide information about their program options, treatment types, and facility.
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Is Calling A Drug Rehab Center Confidential?
In most cases, calling a drug rehab center is confidential. Privacy laws do not technically apply until someone enrolls in treatment, but there is no reason for a drug rehab center to share your information.
Staff members at reputable rehab centers are empathetic to individuals seeking treatment. They understand how difficult it is for someone to call and it is their job to make the person feel at ease when asking for help.
There should be a disclaimer near the phone number on a rehab center’s website that confirms 100 percent confidentiality. If you are uncertain, ask the person who answers before providing any personal information.
If your call to a drug rehab center results in a treatment referral or enrollment, your health information is protected through HIPAA.
This federal privacy law prevents health organizations from sharing information with anyone unless it is medically necessary and they have your permission. Under HIPAA, you will be aware of who views your medical history and why they need access to it.
What Can I Learn From Calling A Drug Rehab Center?
The best drug rehab centers have treatment specialists on hand to answer your questions about substance abuse and treatment. These questions may be about specific rehab programs and treatment options, but they don’t have to be limited to that information.
Drug rehab centers may be able to help you with a variety of addiction-related issues, such as:
- signs of substance abuse and addiction
- when to seek treatment
- how to help a loved one
- paying for drug rehab
If you are exploring several addiction treatment facilities, calling is a good way to learn what they offer before deciding which one is the best fit for you.
Do I Have To Provide My Insurance When Calling A Drug Rehab Center?
Calling a drug rehab center is free-of-charge and is not a commitment to addiction treatment. You do not have to have health insurance to call them.
If you do have insurance, you may want to check with the facility during your call to see if they accept your insurance and if they are in-network.
Depending on your coverage, you may also want to ask if they offer payment options to cover anything you have to pay out-of-pocket.
When you call Vertava Health, it is free and completely confidential. Our compassionate treatment specialists are always available to answer your questions about addiction or treatment. Start your recovery journey today.