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Yes, an individual in treatment for substance abuse and/ or addiction is subject to regular and/ or random drug testing during any component of the treatment process.

Detoxification, also referred to as detox, is the process that rids one’s body of foreign substances. It is an essential component to an individual’s treatment for substance abuse and/ or addiction. Even though the results of drug tests during the detox phase may indicate the presence of substances in one’s system, they are still typically conducted. A public policy statement asserted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) explains that “the collection and analysis of body fluids, especially urine samples, for the detection of alcohol, nicotine, other drugs, or their metabolites, is a common feature of many addiction treatment services.” Hence, few short-term or long-term rehab programs will lack a standard drug testing policy. Accountability is a vital element in treatment for a substance abuse problem. Conducting drug tests during detox and rehab provide an opportunity for individuals to be held accountable for their choices.

Types Of Drug Tests

There are several different types of drug testing options available nowadays, and the specific type selected will depend on certain factors, as will provide varying levels of detail regarding one’s drug use. Urine tests are fast, convenient, and noninvasive. Urine tests are fairly accurate and are the most common type of drug test used in situations when random drug tests are required. Blood tests provide a less instantaneous result, and are slightly more invasive, as they require a blood sample. Blood tests provide more accurate levels of intoxication and concentrations of drugs and/ or alcohol present in one’s system. Breath tests are typically used for indicating one’s level of alcohol inebriation and are often used by law enforcement (through a breathalyzer device). Saliva tests are now used less frequently since blood tests and urine tests have become increasingly accurate. Hair follicle tests are the best and most accurate way to detect long-term drug use. Hair tests, however, require a longer processing time to obtain results, unlike blood or urine tests. Though any type of drug test may be required, urine tests are generally the most frequently relied upon form of drug tests used throughout treatment.

For Information and Support

Contemplating detox can be a very challenging time. Before any individual can begin to work on the underlying issues contributing to their substance abuse problem, they must be separated from the substances in their systems. If you are concerned for yourself or a loved one regarding substance abuse, and/ or addiction we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. The earlier you seek support, the sooner you and your loved ones can return to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Sherwood Detox offers a stand-alone detox program. For additional information on detox, please do not hesitate to contact us at: 818-626-9959‬ or feel free to email us anytime. One of our trusted counselors is available to talk and discuss how we can best support you on your journey.