Dug testing is the accountability needed to keep the house sober. Research and industry best practice shows this process.
- Testing is mandatory when asked
- If refused a test we consider it positive
- We give 90-120 minutes to UA when asked
- We breathalyze every night
Incentive Accountability in Recovery
The idea of taking a pill or indulging in the use of illicit substance “just once” and get away with it can be tempting. Drug tests offer accountability to residence who are losing focus of their sobriety.
The Avoidance of the consequences for the occasional use brings the resident closer towards recovery. Knowing that the drug tests are just around the corner, the ability to resist temptations is vital in experiencing sobriety.
The importance of Abstinence in Sober Living Environment
A resident in a sober living home might break the rules and get high on drugs or become drunk. If another resident finds out about it, it may trigger cravings for them. This instance shows how relapse can be contagious.
Drugs tests are done to monitor and help identify those residents who aren’t following the house rules. This effort gives the therapist, manager, and case manager the chance to help the faltering resident to get back on track before it overwhelms them.
Situations in every sober living environment may be different. Depending on the management of sober houses, drug tests can be done on residents either at random or on schedule.
It’s important to know that these efforts aren’t intended to be intrusive. This house rule is for the residents to see positive effects in the sober living home. In this process, positive environment is reinforced, helping the residents to experience sobriety
If you are in Sober Living and you suspect someone using, do you tell? Yes!! If you are serious about your sobriety you may want to keep the integrity of the house geared to recovery. People easily forget why they are in the sober living community and it is easy to go down a path of no return.
What if someone insist that the positive test was inaccurate and that the bottle of vodka found in their book bag was not theirs? It sounds funny but people will deny the obvious. No problem for us, they sign a contract that states, a positive test is zero tolerance and we go by the test that we use no matter what. Yes, even if a test was negative and we found a bottle or needle or anything that causes mind or mood alternating, we will exit the client based on that alone.
Dug testing reliability
We use a very reliable company call Confirm Bioscience
If someone want to dispute a test we may consider sending it for a lab test if they prepay.