Developing an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or both is not a sign that you are weak. When you start abusing certain drugs, whether it’s a prescription you were written or an illegal one you scored from a friend, your brain begins to go through changes. You’ll start to feel very powerful cravings and a strong compulsion to keep using. This often makes recovery seem like a goal that will be impossible to reach. But it’s not. Recovery can happen to anyone, even if you have tried to come clean and failed in the past.
When you are considering a rehab stay in your future, you likely have a bunch of questions you would like answered. However, you may wish to stay anonymous for the time being. Can you seek anonymous advice from counselors at an alcohol and addiction resource center? Keep reading to learn more.
Talking to an Addiction Counselor
It’s okay if you aren’t ready to commit to rehab just yet. You, and only you, will know when the time is right to go to a detox program and begin your sober lifestyle. Until then, you might have several questions about rehab and the process. Luckily, counselors at alcohol and addiction centers will be happy to speak with you about your concerns. Once you have found a rehab you would like to attend, call or email them to learn more.
In most cases, the representative of the rehab will be more than happy to hook you up with a counselor who will answer your questions. You may be given the opportunity to speak on the phone, through email, or with a face-to-face appointment.
Chatting Online with a Counselor
In the world of COVID-19, companies are getting creative in how they offer support and information. Many rehab facilities now offer virtual appointments that allow you to speak with someone right from the comfort of your house. If you have questions that you would like to ask, you will often have the following option:
Chatting on the website- When you check out the website of a rehab facility, you may get a pop-up box from a representative who wants to help you. This is a completely anonymous way to chat with someone about your needs. They will be able to answer many of the questions you have about rehab and what to expect when you get there. If they cannot answer your question, they will connect you with someone who can. It’s an easy way to have some of your more basic questions answered when you are interested in a rehab program.
Virtual meetings- Virtual meetings are becoming the norm in a world struck by a virus. Luckily, this means you can ask questions from home without revealing much of your identity. If you want a face-to-face meeting but would still like to stay anonymous, don’t be afraid to tell this to a representative before setting up the meeting. Once you are on with a counselor, explain that you would like to shut off the camera on your end. You can then talk to someone in charge without worrying that they will see who you are.
Should I Stay Anonymous?
An addictions center will understand why you want to remain anonymous at this point. If you are in a position of authority at work, you likely wish for your business to remain private as long as you can. Some patients worry that they will be fired from their place of employment if someone finds out they are seeking information about addiction. Whether or not you want to stay anonymous is a choice that is all your own.
However, it is important to remember that addiction centers will not give out information on your case. You have rights under the HIPAA law, a privacy rule that sets limits and rules on the people who are allowed to look at your health information. This includes any time spent at rehab. The center is not permitted to disclose any information concerning your time spent there. Your privacy is guaranteed at all times.
Let Our Facility Help
We know how hard it is to commit to rehab. We offer a variety of programs that fit the needs of our valued patients. If you have a question concerning rehab and would like to remain anonymous for the time being, we’re happy to be of assistance. Call us at 844-639-8371. Choose the right path today by calling to set up an appointment with a representative of the program.