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Let me kinda rephrase. l wanted to quit but didn't think it was safe for me to come down due to the DTs and stay off for good. l though the best option was to check myself in to a hospital and be under supervision while l did so. Now l am using resources to stay off but l was wondering if the state can see that l was in a hospital for ETOH abuse and l won't get a license.
My thoughts, but I can't say for sure that as far as HIPAA is concerned, your medical records can't be accessed without your consent. I can only speak from my licensing as a physician and getting jobs as a physician but RNs may be subject to a similar process. You could be asked about any conditions you have that you feel could affect your ability to do your duties. I've always been puzzled at the best way people go about answering this, for example, someone with well managed major depressive disorder (which is very common)...do they say yes but they are well managed? Theoretically, if a case of MDD decompensates you can certainly lose your ability to perform at your job. There are plenty of healthcare professionals be it physicians, RNs and more who have struggled with addiction. As long as you stay sober and follow what is recommended, there are plenty of people who are doing excellent in recovery and it would be discrimination to put on a blanket statement for all people in recovery. One of my psychiatrist colleagues struggled with an addiction to stimulants, but she's done excellent in recovery and she had no issues with getting her licensure and a job. She did have to present in person to the board because of her history (I think when MDs get their license the application does ask something along the lines of an addiction history) but I think they can generally smell if there are still persistent red flags or not. Recovery is more common than most people think. In my area the psychiatrist who was found smoking pot with his patients is still practicing but I won't comment on that...
I also wanted to add, I'm really thrilled to hear that you decided to get professional medical assistance with this. Especially a detox which can be downright dangerous, some patients don't always listen to my advice about that and still try to detox at home...fortunately that is very rare (2 cases in my career so far).