• Pros and Cons of Random Drug Testing Your Loved Ones With Substance Abuse Problems

    Helping a loved one to overcome their substance abuse problems can be one of the most difficult jobs to take on. Rife with ups and downs of mood, personality shifts and misdirected anger, battling addiction can also be a great source of pain and depression not only for the user but also for the loved ones of the user.

    One of the most difficult tasks is maintaining a drug free environment and holding your loved one to that pledge when you are not always able to be with them. There are bound to be times you want to let them go back to their lives and allow them the freedoms they ask for but you may not feel you can trust them to stay clean if you do.

    How can you help them stay drug free and allow them the space they want? You may want to consider home drug testing.

    Pros and Cons of Drug Testing a Loved One

    Drug testing can be a difficult topic for many families, consider all of the pros and cons and discuss it with your family before you take steps toward starting a plan with them.

    Pro: It will be physical proof that they’re maintaining a drug free life and that your efforts have been worth everything your family has been through.
    Con: It could also expose the fact that they aren’t yet strong enough to resist addiction.

    Pro: It can help you to trust their word by verifying what they’ve said.
    Con: They may feel you’ll never trust them again without proof.

    Pro: Taking the sample in your home and doing it yourself maintains your family’s privacy.
    Con: It may be more difficult to prevent your loved one from tampering with the results.

    Pro: Home tests can offer you faster results than waiting for lab testing companies.
    Con: You could make mistakes that alter the results. There are foods that can produce a false positive as well.

    Pro: Positive results could be rewarded with things like a night out that can help them build their self esteem and sense of self.
    Con: If they fail the test you’ll have to curb the amount of time they have outside the home or on their own at home which may make them feel very limited.

    There are no right or easy answers for which path will work best for you and your loved ones. Substance abuse can break things like trust in the matter of minutes. Recovery from substance abuse can have users taking 6 steps forward only to take 10 back when things like depression, self esteem and the viewpoint of others can leave them feeling vulnerable to the world. It takes a strong family to pull a loved one through such a dark place and it might never get easy to help them stay away from the things that harmed them.

    These are just a few examples of the pros and cons you will have to weigh when deciding how to handle drug testing as a method of maintaining a drug free environment. Ultimately the decision is up to you and your family who know each other best.


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