Addiction Treatment Forum reports on substance abuse news of interest to opioid treatment programs and patients in methadone maintenance treatment. Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to Addiction Treatment Forum. We understand that addiction treatment is a personal and private subject, and we want you to feel comfortable visiting our website. This Privacy Policy will tell you what information we collect about you and about your use of our website. Please read this carefully. By using the site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Be advised that if you access a third-party site from a link on any information you reveal on that site is not subject to this Privacy Policy. You should consult the privacy policies of each site you visit.

Personal Information We Collect

Personal information is information that can be used to identify or contact you. We only collect personal information that you voluntarily provide in e-mails that you send through the following links at our website: "Guestbook," or "Contact Addiction Treatment Forum."

We use the information that you provide to respond to questions from you or to send materials or information that you have requested. We also use your information to send you e-mails if you have opted into our website update e-mail notification program. You can always opt-out of receiving such e-mails by sending us an e-mail to requesting that we stop sending these messages to you.

Addiction Treatment Forum does not sell (or provide for free) e-mail addresses, names, mailing addresses, or any other personal information to any Third Parties for their own marketing or information collection purposes.

General Use of Site

You may use our website without registering or submitting any personal information. In that case, the only information we collect will be non-personal information obtained through the use of “Cookies.” These are small computer files transferred to your computer's hard drive, which allow us to know how often people visit our site and the pages they visit while at our site. The information collected by cookies allows us to statistically monitor how many people are using our site and which are the most popular features of our site. Addiction Treatment Forum does not store any personally identifiable information in any cookies on your computer.

Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar. You do not have to accept our cookies in order to productively use our site.

Third parties may use their own cookies when you click a link to their site or service. We do not control the third party use of cookies, or how they manage the information they gather through them. You should review the privacy policy of other sites you visit or link to from our site to understand how they use the information they collect through the use of cookies.

Disclosure of Your Information

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy or as specifically agreed to by you, Addiction Treatment Forum will not disclose any Personal Information you submit through our site. However, under certain circumstances, we may be required to release such information: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others. In the event that we are legally compelled to disclose your Personal Information to a third party, we will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

Addiction Treatment Forum is published independently but sponsored by an educational grant from Tyco/Healthcare/Mallinckrodt. In the event that Addiction Treatment Forum discloses any information submitted at our website to Tyco/Healthcare/Mallinckrodt such information will be treated by them in accordance with the confidentiality terms of this Privacy Policy.

How Addiction Treatment Forum Handles Privacy & Security Internally

Only a limited number of Addiction Treatment Forum employees are authorized to access your Personal Information. All Addiction Treatment Forum employees must abide by our Privacy Policy and those who violate it are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Although we will make every reasonable effort to protect your Personal Information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet. There is also some risk that thieves could find a way to thwart our security systems or those of our Internet Service Provider (ISP).

This policy is effective as of January 1, 2005 Terms of Use

By using this site, you signify your acceptance of these Terms of Use.

The users of this site assume all risks of use and shall indemnify and hold Addiction Treatment Forum, and its employees, agents, and service providers, harmless from and against any and all damages, liabilities, losses, costs, and expenses, including reasonable attorney's fees, arising out of or related to use of information, services, or products mentioned at this site. Does Not Provide Medical Advice, Diagnosis, or Treatment

The contents of the Addiction Treatment Forum site, such as text, graphics, images, and other materials ("Content") are for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. The Content is not intended to be nor should it be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment in any way.

Any information you find here or on websites that we link to should be verified with your Professional Healthcare Provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency or any condition requiring immediate attention, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

Addiction Treatment Forum does not specifically recommend or endorse any products, tests procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on this site. Reliance on any information provided via is solely at your own risk.

Use of Contents; Copyrights

All Contents of are protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. Title to the Content remains with Addiction Treatment Forum and its representatives unless otherwise specified.

Addiction Treatment Forum authorizes you to download a single copy of the material on the site solely for your personal, noncommercial use and only if you include the copyright and proprietary rights notices that identify the source of the downloaded content or portions thereof. Any such copyrighted material may not be edited, translated to another language, or in any other way altered from its original form without prior notice to and the approval of Addiction Treatment Forum (See Contact Us section).

Liability of Addiction Treatment Forum

The site and the Content are provided on an "as is" basis. Addiction Treatment Forum makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the Content, including text, graphics, links, or other communications provided on or through the use of the site.

Addiction Treatment Forum does not promote or market any specific brand of prescription drug or other healthcare product and makes no claims concerning the efficacy or safety of any product(s). In no event shall Addiction Treatment Forum, its employees, agents, service providers, or any third parties mentioned on the site be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages, personal injury/wrongful death, lost profits, or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting from the use or inability to use the Addiction Treatment Forum site or its Content, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not Addiction Treatment Forum is advised of the possibility of such damages.

Advertisements & Links to Other Websites

Addiction Treatment Forum does not endorse the content, or any products or services, provided through or referenced on any third-party websites. Addiction Treatment Forum is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, or third-party advertisements, and does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy. Your use of third-party websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites.


You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Addiction Treatment Forum, its employees, agents, and service provider, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities, and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees and court costs, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms and Conditions.

Addiction Treatment Forum makes no claims that the Content is appropriate for viewing or may be downloaded outside of the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Addiction Treatment Forum site from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

These Terms and Conditions, including the Addiction Treatment Forum Privacy Policy, constitute the entire agreement between you and Addiction Treatment Forum with respect to the use of and its Content.

This policy was reviewed and approved July 27, 2006