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Can I Get Help for Drug Addiction Without My Family Knowing?

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Drug and alcohol addiction can keep you from living the healthy life you choose. Living with an untreated addiction can lead to worsening consequences for your mental and physical health, safety, relationships, and future.

Getting treatment for addiction can free you from its grasp and set you on a new path toward a brighter, healthier future. In addiction treatment, you will identify and treat the underlying causes of your addiction and learn new skills to manage its symptoms and avoid relapse.

While rehab can help you recover from addiction and move forward in life, many people feel afraid to tell their families they need help. So, can you go to rehab without family knowing?

If you or someone you love needs help for a drug addiction, don’t put off treatment for another day. You don’t have to live with the burden of your addiction alone. Compassionate, effective treatment is available.

Why Do People Not Want to Tell Their Family About Going to Rehab?

There are many reasons people may not want to tell their families about going to rehab. Here are some of the most common reasons people go to rehab without family knowing.


First, there is a stigma around addiction. Many people believe that people with drug or alcohol addiction are “weak” or have somehow chosen to end up dependent on substances so they go to rehab without family knowing.

Telling your family that you have been struggling with drug addiction may make you feel vulnerable. You may worry about your family members’ reactions. Will they get angry? Feel sad? Blame you for the addiction? Fearing their reactions may keep you from opening up about your struggle with substance abuse or addiction–and it often keeps people from getting the help they need for a long time.


Shame can also keep people from reaching out when they need help with drug addiction. Substance use and addiction can cause people to feel a great deal of embarrassment. They may feel guilty about starting to use drugs in the first place or believe they should have made different decisions to avoid ending up in this place.

Guilt about past behaviors

Guilt and regret can lead to shame, which may keep you from asking for help. Substance use and addiction can lead people to do things they normally wouldn’t do. Admitting to living with addiction means being honest about your past behaviors. This can feel scary.

Fear of being a burden

Shame and guilt about addiction may make people doubt their self-worth. Many people living with addiction may know they need help but are afraid to share the burden of the condition with their families. They may live with the addiction alone because they don’t want to make their families angry, sad, or anxious.

Worry about the cost of rehab

Many people worry about the financial costs associated with addiction treatment. They may believe the financial burden is too much for their family to afford or may be afraid of asking for help paying for rehab.

People have many reasons for not wanting to tell their families about their addiction. But an untreated addiction usually gets worse. It’s vital to get the help you need–and family support can help you have better outcomes in recovery.

Can You Go to Rehab Without Family Knowing?

Your health information is protected under a federal law called the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act–commonly known as HIPAA. This law guarantees the confidentiality of your medical and mental health information and prevents others from accessing your medical information without your permission.

Rehab and medical facilities are guided by HIPAA in all they do, meaning every aspect of your health information–even your enrollment in their programs–will be kept strictly confidential during and after your time in treatment. This means that, yes, it may be possible for you to go to rehab without family knowing.

Before beginning a rehab program, you will sign consent and disclosure forms that prevent or allow your treatment team from communicating with others about your care. Some consent forms enable your team to collaborate with other providers, such as doctors or mental health professionals, while you are in rehab.

You may also choose to sign consent forms that allow your family members to contact you or talk to staff about your treatment. If you do not want your family members to be able to reach you during treatment, you may choose not to sign these forms or permit them to do so

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Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment is a leader in the addiction treatment field, with proven success in facilitating long-term recovery. Our team of top clinical & medical experts specializes in treating addiction coupled with mental illness, ensuring that each person receives individualized care. Call us – we’re available 24/day, 7 days/week.

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Reasons You Should Tell Your Family About Going to Rehab

Family support can help people have better outcomes in recovery and increase their chances of staying committed to sobriety for life. Families can help people with addiction in many ways, including:

  • Holding them accountable
  • Helping with practical things like childcare, pet care, providing rides to and from appointments, and helping with daily chores
  • Offering financial support or help to manage payment plans and insurance
  • Giving emotional support
  • Connecting people to community resources to support sobriety during and after treatment ends

Having the support of your family may help you finish rehab and stay connected to people who love you. It can feel scary to ask for help, but your family may be essential to put addiction behind you.

Find Help Now

If you need help talking to your family about going to rehab, contact the Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment specialists for support. We know that addiction affects everyone in a family, so we support the whole family during recovery.

Don’t wait another day for the help you need. Contact the Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment admission specialists today.

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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC Clinical Director
Learn about Inessa Maloney

Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC has been dedicated to the mental health and substance abuse field for a decade, providing her expertise to guarantee quality and accuracy.

  • Specializes in outpatient services with a focus on substance abuse
  • Expertise in reality-based therapy, CBT/DBT, and motivational interviewing
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling
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