Protecting Your Privacy and Confidentiality at Sober Living Florida
Our Legal and Moral Obligation
One of the most sacrosanct tenets in the fields of applied psychology and counseling is the privacy and confidentiality of the client or patient. For professionals working with recovering addicts, this ethic is held in especially high regard, not just because of the legal ramifications, but because it’s critical to achieving positive outcomes in treatment.
It takes a lot of courage and willpower to reach out for help to beat addiction. While those closest to you may be aware of what you are dealing with, the chances are that your wider circle of friends and acquaintances are not. It’s not unusual for someone to keep addiction hidden from society at large and indeed, there may be a lot at stake if your drug or alcohol rehabilitation becomes common knowledge.
At Sober Living Florida, we’re committed to confidentiality. Your treatment at our facilities remains strictly between you and our team. For our shared efforts to be effective, it’s important that you are not constantly worried about who will find out that you are in rehabilitation. Furthermore, we safeguard all and any personal information that you share with us, meaning we will share nothing you tell us with even your nearest and dearest without express permission from you.
Limits to Confidentiality: While we take your confidentiality extremely seriously, there are some specific circumstances under which we are legally bound to divulge information that we discover. Those circumstances are as follows:
• When we adjudge that there is a serious danger of you causing harm to yourself or to others
• When there is evidence that you have been or are involved in child or “elderly” abuse
• In the event that a court requires information in connection with criminal proceedings
In addition to keeping confidentiality, our organization is bound by specific legislation, to secure the privacy of your personal healthcare records. The legislation concerned, comprises The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), along with Title 42, Chapter I, Subchapter A Part 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
To comply fully with this legislation, we utilize the highest standards of electronic and physical security to ensure no personal information is released into the public domain or given to individual people or entities, unless you specifically request us to share such information.