Entering recovery changes your life in profound (and sometimes challenging) ways. Although ultimately an independent journey, the path of sobriety is best traveled with plenty of help and support. One tool that may help you along the way is toxicology testing.

Toxicology tests determine whether there are any toxic substances present in your system. These could include legal substances, such as alcohol and prescription medications, or illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine. Quantitative reports may even be able to show how much of a drug was taken and when. Urine samples are commonly used for drug and alcohol testing, though in some cases, blood and hair samples may also be used.

Here’s a closer look at how you can use toxicology reports to stay on track with your goals.

Stay Accountable

Staying accountable can help you navigate the early days of sobriety. It’s more difficult to return to old habits, for instance, when you’ve made a formal commitment to yourself and to others. If you know you’re due for a toxicology screening in these cases, you may be less likely to relapse.

Many rehabilitation facilities set up routine drug testing for this very reason. According to SoberLiving.org, which compiles a database of sober living homes across the U.S., “For residents who are aware of the impending drug tests, they’re also aware of the consequences if they fail to pass the test. They might lose their spot in the sober living program and fall back into active addiction. Putting things into perspective helps residents to know the importance of sticking to the treatment program.”

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also asserts that “most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning,” in part thanks to toxicology tracking. 

Satisfy Court Orders

Toxicology screenings for drug and alcohol testing may be required by terms of a court order, including in legal matters involving divorce, child custody, DUI, or drug charges. For example, if a DUI conviction results in probation, the convicted party may be required to abstain from alcohol to avoid further legal repercussions or to have their driving privileges reinstated.

In child custody battles, drug testing may also be used to prove a parent’s fitness to act as a guardian. Random drug testing could be a component of a custody agreement to ensure a child’s safety. Routine drug testing from a reliable toxicologist can therefore help you stay on track.

Pursue Professional Development

Many employers use drug testing to keep their customers, workplace, and staff members safe. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, companies may screen employees prior to employment, following an accident, on a random basis, or if observable behaviors warrant a test. 

If you’re seeking toxicology services to help you stay on track with your sobriety goals, turn to our comprehensive drug testing services. Talk with our specialists to order a drug test by calling (678) 433-0607 or connecting with us online.

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, and Lifebrite Laboratories