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What to Know about HIPAA and Drug Use

HIPAA protects patient health information. This means that the information between the patient and healthcare practitioner must remain confidential. However, does HIPAA apply to reported drug use? And how is confidentiality handled regarding addiction treatment? Our team at North Georgia Recovery Center is here to address these concerns for individuals who want to ensure their recovery remains private.

Is Reported Drug Use Protected Under HIPAA?

Oftentimes, healthcare practitioners will ask you if you regularly use drugs, have a history of substance abuse, or other questions connected to drug or alcohol use. If you are someone who is currently struggling with substance use, these questions may cause discomfort. In some cases, patients choose to lie instead of admit to drug use.

However, you can rest assured knowing that reported drug use is protected under HIPAA. This information will not be shared with anyone without your consent.

It’s best to be honest with your doctor about your habits, so they can provide insight about what would help you begin your recovery or live a healthier lifestyle.

Is Drug Treatment Confidential?

If your drug or alcohol use has become routine, it may be time to seek addiction treatment. However, many people want to maintain their privacy when taking this step. The good news is your treatment records are always confidential. The safety and comfort of addiction patients is of the utmost importance. That’s why there are many laws in place to protect this private information regarding your treatment and recovery.

More Questions? Ask North Georgia Recovery Center!

If you’re considering treatment, we want to first say that we are proud of you. That very first step in the journey can be one of the hardest, so be sure to acknowledge your strength for considering getting help. If you have questions about treatment, our programs, or anything else, reach out to us at North Georgia Recovery Center and we can get you the answers you seek.