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Toxicology Testing

Admitting that you have a mental illness or addiction problem truly is the first step to recovery. For many people who suffer from psychological illnesses, it is difficult to come to terms with the fact that they have problems to deal with. Recognizing that there needs to be an improvement is the start of a long and rewarding process of recovery. Seeking treatment from facilities like Merito starts with admitting the problem. Thus, it is very important to find out exactly where you stand when it comes to your addiction or mental illness. In such cases, a toxicology test is highly significant.

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”
– John Wayne

What is a Toxicology Test?

A toxicology test is a type of screening that determines the kind and amount of drugs and medication a person has ingested. The drugs, included in the screening, may indicate why the testing is administered in the first place. Toxicology tests are usually administered for the following reasons:

  • Employment
  • Complete Medical Check
  • Drug Addiction Treatment
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If you cannot seem to live more than a day or two without using drugs or alcohol, it might be time to seek detox options. You also can receive an assessment to help you decide what treatment option is best for you. This will help you determine if you would benefit from being in an environment that will help you stay safe in case an emergency occurs once you stop using harmful substances. Otherwise, if you have a job or other responsibilities, you might better fit into an outpatient drug detox program.

What Should Be Expected From a Toxicology Test?

Like said earlier, the drugs to be tested from a toxicology screening can vary from case-to-case basis. Consequently, the way the test can be administered also varies. Samples for the test can be acquired through the following methods:

  • Urine – Urine is usually collected in a small cup, which is sealed by a medical technician in order to prevent tampering.  The cup is filled under the supervision of the same medical professional to make sure that the contents are truly the patients.
  • Blood Sample – Blood tests are said to be significantly more accurate than a urine test.
  • Saliva – Should the drug be suspected of being taken orally, a saliva sample is asked of the patient.

“When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.”
– Meredith Bell

Why is Toxicology Important in Treating Mental Illness or Addiction?

Even from the best facilities like Merito, treatment for mental illness and addiction is a long process. However, this process always starts with a toxicology test.

Toxicology testing is done in order to abide by necessary medical standards or a psychiatrists’ personal policy. As the saying goes – “It is always better to be safe than sorry. ” As such, many psychiatrists opt to administer a toxicology test in order to have a clear understanding of the patient’s situation. Doing so would prevent any adverse reactions and possibly fatal consequences.

Toxicology testing is administered in order to provide the best possible treatment for the patient. Each treatment, be it therapy or medication, has varied effects on every individual. With that being said, a toxicology test protects the health and safety of a patient by listing down the substances that have been ingested. Knowing exactly what there is to deal with makes it easier for physicians and psychologists to dispense necessary treatment.

“Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking of what we want to become. Sometimes we motivate ourselves by thinking about who we don’t ever want to be again.”
– Shane Niemeyer


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