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The Purpose of Drug Testing in Recovery

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The Purpose of Drug Testing in Recovery

Drug Testing & Addiction Recovery

With over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 struggling with substance use disorder (SUD), there is a need for clinical treatment options to help those people address their substance abuse issues. When it comes to supporting clinicians to address drug and alcohol addiction, routine drug screenings can prove to be beneficial and support more favorable outcomes. Here’s how.

How Drug Use Can Negatively Affect Treatment

Accountability plays a very important role when it comes to addressing substance abuse and addiction. Whether the affected person is in a short or long-term treatment program, having drug testing done can help clinicians to get an idea of the progress being made.

In many cases, rehabilitation facilities will have drug screenings both randomly and on a regular basis. While it is possible for active users to work around routine screenings by planning their drug or alcohol consumption based on that schedule. random drug screenings obviously cannot be planned for.

When drug or alcohol use is detected, that can be a sign to the clinical staff that a different form of treatment may be necessary. This can also affect any combination of medications being used to help wean the patient off of the substance they are addicted to.

What Substances Can Be Detected With Drug Screenings?

When it comes to urinalysis, saliva, blood, and hair testing—the following substances can be detected by drug screenings:

  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Methadone
  • Opioids
  • Opiates

Addiction Medicine Testing Solutions in Louisville, Kentucky

At Bluewater Diagnostic Laboratory, we strive to offer solutions to our addiction medicine healthcare partners by delivering timely, accurate results with expert analysis and interpretation. With state-of-the-art testing solutions and advanced technology, we are able to help providers monitor patient compliance by identifying the presence of prescribed or illicit drugs.

Call (502) 538-2980 or visit our dedicated Addiction Medicine page for more information on our customized test panels.