Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The Cedars Acorn Recovery House believes in supporting and protecting basic rights. Patients can feel accepted and their personal dignity is recognized and respected. As a patient, you have the right to:

    1. Be under considerate and respectful care of staff, volunteers, board members, and other persons that acknowledge your individuality in terms of race, color, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, age, national origin, and ethnicity.
    2. Be provided safe, healthy, and comfortable accommodations (facility, furnishings, and equipment) that meet your needs. You may also use personal clothing and possessions as space and safety allows, providing it does not infringe upon the rights of others or the orderly management of the community.
    3. Be free from verbal, emotional, mental, intellectual, sexual, and physical abuse, or any related inappropriate behavior.
    4. Be assured of the confidential handling of your personal and medical records.  You may approve or refuse the release of information to any individual outside of the Cedars organization, except as otherwise provided by law.
    5. Be fully informed of all rules and regulations governing conduct and responsibilities.
    6. Be informed of Acorn Recovery Living staff, including names, titles, and availability.
    7. Be involved in the planning of your recovery through discussions with staff on your progress in language you can understand.
    8. Make appropriate and reasonable suggestions to staff about policies and services.
    9. Expect the staff to respond to your reasonable requests appropriately and in a timely manner.
    10. Discharge yourself at any time from the Acorn Recovery House.
    11. Attend religious activities of your choice and to have visits from a spiritual adviser, provided that these services or activities do not conflict with the Acorn Recovery Living program schedule or requirements (participation in religious services is voluntary).

You have the responsibility to:

  1. Obey and follow the Acorn Recovery House standards.
  2. Remain drug free.
  3. Abide by the Acorn Recovery Living Rules and Regulations.
  4. Participate in the daily structured program.
  5. Maintain a clean physical space and personal hygiene.
  6. Act responsibly towards yourself, others, staff, and the community.
  7. Read the entire Acorn Recovery Living handbook and if there is anything in it you do not understand or have questions or about which you have questions, please to bring that to the attention of the staff.
  8. Take an active part in your recovery by working to understand and deal with your problems.
  9. Honor the confidentiality and privacy of other community members.
  10. Become familiar with the Acorn Recovery Living staff, making an effort to follow their directives and report to them any changes in your condition.