Mount Sinai Wellness Center

Will rehab go on my permanent record?

Though millions of Americans suffer from some kind of addiction today—23.5 million, in fact—only 11 percent of them receive the treatment they need to get better. There are many reasons why someone wouldn’t seek treatment, though one of the most common is that people often feel too ashamed to ask for help. If you’re feeling shame or guilt and don’t want others to find out about your personal issue, you may be concerned that your rehab stay will go on your permanent record.

Does Going to Rehab Go On Your Record?

Thanks to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you can rest assured knowing that your time in rehab won’t be publicly known or on any of your records. Our team at Mount Sinai Wellness Center wants you to know that you shouldn’t be ashamed about having an addiction, we also care about our patients’ privacy.

Laws That Protect Your Medical Record Privacy

There are several regulations that protect your rights as a person seeking treatment for addiction at a rehab facility. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, also known as HIPPA, is a federal law and applies to any rehab facility that receives federal assistance. Under HIPPA, your information cannot be disclosed without your written consent, including your medical records.

HIPPA protection means that:

  • You can request that your information not be shared with specific people or entities, such as your insurance company or employer
  • You have the right to know who has seen your medical information
  • Your information can’t be shared in ways that don’t directly relate to your healthcare unless you give your consent

Another regulation that protects people in rehab is the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records, which prohibits substance abuse programs from disclosing your treatment unless they have your consent.

It’s important to know that there are some unique exceptions to these regulations.

Your medical information may be disclosed if:

  • You are convicted of child abuse or neglect
  • You committed a crime
  • If a court order is issued, among other rarer cases.

Though it’s understandable to be guarded during this time, we hope you feel calmer knowing that your information is confidential. Don’t let shame prevent you from getting the help you need—call our team today to learn more about the steps we take to protect you.

Does Rehab Show Up on a Background Check?

Does rehab show up on a background check? The answer is no. HIPPA will protect you here. You are in complete control of who knows your personal decision to seek treatment. Should you choose to disclose your rehab stay to a potential employer or otherwise, that decision is entirely your own. 

Many people are discouraged from seeking treatment due to the stigma attached to substance abuse. You may rest easier knowing that your information is confidential, even during a background check. If you need help, our rehab center may be the best place for you.

Recover in an Intimate & Private Environment

At Mount Sinai Wellness Centerour team of physicians and staff members care about your well-being—this includes not just your health and mental state, but your privacy, too. Your information is safe with us, and our campus is located in nature to allow you to heal in an intimate, calming environment—away from the bustle and distractions of daily life. You don’t have to worry about feeling exposed or shamed when you join us.