Professionals with drug and alcohol problems

Drug & alcohol problems at work

Keeping your treatment confidential

Confidentiality is a key concern for many people thinking about rehab, especially high profile individuals who wish to keep their treatment private from the press, clients and co-workers. Due to the sensitive nature of issues that can arise in alcohol and drug addiction treatment – including psychological issues, emotional trauma and relationship problems – and the stigma associated with the disease, patients expect complete confidentiality from their rehab clinic of choice. In this way addiction treatment is treated with the same degree of confidentiality as any other health issue.

Fortunately residential rehab clinics treat a client's right to anonymity as a top priority and treatment between doctor and patient is completely private and confidential.

  • If taking leave from work ensure that your manager and HR will keep your whereabouts confidential from your colleagues;
  • Find a rehab clinic that is located outside your usual locality and away from your office;
  • If you wish to keep your rehab stay private from your employer then use holiday allocation for treatment;
  • Ask about patient confidentiality when making your first round of enquiries and ensure this is stated in the final contract;
  • If you do not want your usual GP to know that you are attending treatment find a private GP to refer you to rehab;
  • Ensure that no cameras are allowed in the rehab clinic you attend. 

Employers

Confidentiality and privacy helps create a professional environment that encourages employees to work through their addiction issues and get the help they need, rather than ignore the problem until it becomes too late to save their career.

Anonymous 12 Step Meetings

Patients may be encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings before, after or as part of their drug addiction rehab programme. By nature, the 12-step model is completely confidential, ensuring anonymity and privacy. In AA and NA groups first names are used and registration is not necessary. Anything shared within these groups remains strictly confidential.