What Rights Do I Have When I Check Into Rehab Facilities?

Rehab offers individuals the opportunity to overcome substance use disorders in a sober environment with the help of therapy and medical assistance. As these programs are designed to eliminate triggers that may encourage one to engage in substance abuse, there are certain rules in place to allow clients to focus on their sobriety. Though each rehab facility will have its own restrictions, many of them are quite limiting residents’ behavior. While these rules serve to benefit clients in the long run, many prospective clients wonder how these rules will affect their rights as patients of the treatment program.

Rehab Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities

Rehabs should never violate a patient’s basic human rights. These right include everything from how they are treated to how their information is shared. Consider the following bill of rights for patients and clients in rehab:

  • Right to file grievances
  • Right to confidentiality
  • Right to access advocacy/conservator/guardian services
  • Right to prohibiting psychological, sexual, and physical abuse
  • Right to information necessary to facilitate decision making
  • Right to participate in team decisions
  • Right to a healthy and safe environment
  • Right to fair treatment and respect

The rules at rehab serve to govern what residents do, not how they are treated or how their information is shared. The following laws are also in place to safeguard one’s rights as a patient:

  • HIPPA The Health Insurance and Portability and Accountability Act is designed to protect one’s personal information and medical records. All medical professionals are required to adhere to HIPPA as they take steps to ensure patients’ privacy. This rule includes a series of strict standards. Any individual that feels as though these rights have been violated should file an official complaint through the government.
  • Patient Records Privacy Law This law focuses on providing patients with strict confidentiality assurances. Through this law, rehab staff must follow guidelines when it comes to disclosing records related to substance abuse and treatment services. Any rehab program that violates this law will be severely fined. These regulations help to keep one’s records private.
  • State Laws In addition to several federal laws, every state must follow specific statutes regarding the regulation of mental health records or substance abuse records. Bound by federal law, every state has its own confidentiality protections.

Standard Rehab Rules

The rules at a rehab facility are in place to protect its residents, not violate their rights. The following are standard rules that most rehab facilities enforce:

  • No electronics Rehab facilities often ban electronics like phones, computers, tablets, and the like to help eliminate distractions during treatment. By limiting one’s connection with the outside world, rehab facilities help their patients focus on their sobriety.
  • No romantic relationships Romantic relationships during rehab aren’t permitted. While facilities encourage their residents to establish platonic relationships, romantic connections will add unnecessary complications.
  • Mandatory therapy sessions Participation is key during the recovery process. Rehabs require all residents to attend therapy sessions as a way to make sure everyone gets the most from their rehab experience.
  • Total sobriety Rehab centers are completely sober environments. This means that all alcohol and drugs are banned.
  • Highly structured schedules Treatment programs promote highly structured schedules as a way to introduce a healthy routine that will help individuals grow accustomed to life without substance use.

Though it will take some time to adjust to living life according to the rules of rehab, these restrictions serve to benefit clients in the long run.

Making the Decision to Pursue Treatment

Making the decision to stop substance abuse is an important step in one’s life. Though this process can be incredibly confusing, choosing to become sober will change your life forever. In most cases, the best way to achieve sobriety is to go to a rehab center. With rehab, you’ll receive a treatment program designed to meet your needs and help you overcome your substance use disorder as efficiently and effectively as possible. While you’ll still need to decide on other details about which facility to choose and how to pay for it, making the initial choice to prioritize your sobriety is the first step. If you have more questions regarding your rights in rehab, call us at 833-762-3739. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to take your call.