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Drug or Alcohol Urine Screening

The goal of drug or alcohol urine screening would be to detect the presence of alcohol and drugs in your system. It involves testing urine to check if you have abused these substances.

About Drug or Alcohol Urine Screening

Studies show that drug or alcohol urine screening is among the most common forms of drug and alcohol testing available today. These tests are also beneficial because they are quick, cost-effective, easy, and painless. Further, they are effective at checking for the presence of various substances - including alcohol and both legal and illicit drugs - in the body.

While undergoing this process, you will be required to provide an urine sample. After that, a technician or a doctor will analyze it. Through this analysis, they can determine if you used certain drugs within the past weeks or days. In many cases, they can still find out if you did even though the effects of these substances might already have worn off.

Purpose and use

Employers, family members, sports officials, doctors, and law enforcement officials might all require that you undergo drug or alcohol urine screening. This could be for a wide variety of reasons.

Doctors will typically screen for the presence of both prescription and illegal drugs. they might ask you to undergo this screen if they suspect that you have been abusing prescription drugs or have been taking illicit substances, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

Emergency service staff members, on the other hand, might require that you undertake this test if they suspect that you might be on drugs or alcohol due to your strange behavior. This is because they would be thinking that you could be under the influence of these substances.

In an addiction treatment and rehabilitation setting, you might be asked to undergo drug or alcohol urine screening to find out if you are keeping up with the treatment plan, to ensure that you have not relapsed, as well as to confirm that you are sober.

Often, urine screening is useful in detecting a wide range of substances. These include but are not limited to:

  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Opioids
  • Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Amphetamines
  • Alcohol

These tests might also be able to detect the level and amount of alcohol that is still in your body. However, if you are suspected of having consumed this substances, a blood or breathalyzer test might be recommended because it is more effective.

In the case of cigarette smoking, you might still have to undergo drug or alcohol urine screening. This is because urine screening tests can also detect for the presence of nicotine. They can also show if you have high levels of cotinine - which is produced in the body after the break down of nicotine.

Getting Help

If you have gone through a drug or alcohol urine screening and it turned out to be positive, you will often be required to enroll in an addiction treatment and rehabilitation program. This could help you overcome your growing substance abuse, dealing with the problems that you have been facing, as well as ensure that you never resort to alcohol and drugs again in the future.

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