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Toxicology Testing

If a person is having a lot of difficulties admitting that she is a drug addict or an alcoholic, the actual presence of the drug or alcohol in his system can be established through an examination called toxicology testing.

No matter how the individual vehemently denies taking illicit drugs or alcohol, if the toxicology test proves otherwise, she is definitely lying.

This type of testing is beneficial to those undergoing drug and alcohol rehab. It will show how you have been improving and give you the knowledge that you cannot hide relapses.

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What is a Tox Screen?

A toxicology test is also oftentimes called “tox screen.” It is used to ascertain whether there are certain chemicals in your system by examining your blood, urine or saliva. The test can also determine at which levels other chemicals are inside your system.

Examining the blood, urine and hair is the usual way of tox screens, but there are cases where the test will require screening your sweat or even the contents of your stomach.

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.”
– Craig Ferguson

Toxicology testing can determine the presence of as many as 30 various drugs in your system at any one time. The most common substances that are found inside ordinary people are over-the-counter drugs, prescription medicines and vitamin supplements.

However, tox screens also reveal the presence of most illegal drugs. The subject’s hair, blood, or urine is used in the tox screens.

Most tox screens are classified as qualitative tests – meaning the tests are limited to establishing the presence of drugs in a person’s system, but not the exact quantity or level.

If it is required to determine the drug level, the sample or subject will be subjected to quantitative testing. This follow-up test will also confirm the results of our preliminary test.

Reasons to Conduct Tox Screens

There are many reasons why toxicology testing is conducted. Here are some of them:

  • To determine if an individual has taken illegal drugs
  • To determine the level of consumed substances
  • To establish the frequency of illicit drug consumption
  • To find out if a drug overdose is causing strange behavior, unconsciousness or life-threatening symptoms
  • To check if drugs are used to enhance athletic performance
  • To determine if prohibited drugs are used in the workplace. This is important to those who work in public utilities such as public transportation, social welfare institutions, and the law enforcement agencies.
  • To check if a date rape drug is involved

Why Tox Screens Are Important

Toxicology testing becomes more important once you decide to get help in an addiction treatment facility. You can only start getting rid of the drugs in your system if you know what kinds of drugs are present and at what level.

A tox screen at the beginning of your rehab will show us what we at New Creation Treatment should be considering when designing your individualized treatment plan.

Further tox screens as you continue the Christian rehab program and after will serve as your feedback as to how effective your drug rehab is. Knowing the improvements you have attained will also serve as your encouragement to pursue the goal of recovering your physical and mental balance.