At Surf City Recovery we have the ability to test for a wide range of drugs including:
Using state-of-the-art testing technology, we can accurately identify the types of drugs you have taken, the extent of use and the time lapse between your last contact with the drug(s). This helps us understand your addiction better and develop a specialized detox and treatment program.
Do You Use Drug Testing in Outpatient Treatment Programs?
Drug screening is an important part of outpatient drug and alcohol programs. This is because drug tests act as a baseline which monitor and indicate any recent drug use.
How is a Drug Test Administered?
Urine drug screening is the most common type of drug test and involves the collection of a urine sample from a patient. This can be random or scheduled. It will have an identifying marker and be securely sent to a laboratory. Once the lab has run the tests, the results will be sent to the center. If drugs are found in the patient’s urine, new measures must be taken to ensure another relapse does not occur. Other types of drug testing can include testing hair, blood, sweat and even saliva for the presence of addictive substances.
How Long Do Drugs Stay in a Patient’s System
There are many factors that determine how long drugs will remain in your system and show up on drug tests. Patients metabolize drugs at different rates and can have slightly different time frames that indicate drug use. Factors that affect metabolism include:
- The amount and frequency of drug use
- The body’s individual rate of metabolism
- Your body mass
- Your age
- Your drug and/or alcohol tolerance
- Your overall health
- How the drugs were taken
Results can also be detected depending on the type of drug testing that was administered.
The stated factors will contribute to how long the evidence of drug or alcohol use stays in your system. Here are some general timelines for the most commonly abused substances:
- Alcohol – 2 to 5 days
- Amphetamine – 1 to 3 days
- Cannabis – 7 to 30 days
- Cocaine – 3 to 4 days
- Heroin – 3 to 4 days
- Methamphetamine – 3 to 6 days
The above are general estimations of the amount of time drugs will stay in your system and show up on a drug test. However, it is important to know that the timeframe will vary from person to person.