If you are a chronic drug user and you are wondering if detox will work if you need to pass a work drug test, the simple answer is that it depends on the type of drug test your employer uses and what drugs you have been using.
Certain types of drugs will leave evidence of use in your body. For example the THC in marijuana can be detected by drug tests for several weeks or months after usage. Whereas the metabolite for cocaine can be detected by drug screens for a few hours to a few days, use of prescription pain killers may can be detected for up to 10 days depending on how much you are using and for how long you have been using and what method of drug screening is used. Hair follicle drug testing can detect some substance use for several months.
There are several different methods for drug detox, but IV therapy medical detox has been recognized as the most effective method for drug detox. IV therapy medical detox is administered under the supervision of a board certified and licensed physician that is skilled in critical care medicine. Patient care is monitored around the clock by registered nurses with ICU/ER training and the patient's vitals are monitored by cardiac telemetry and video technology.
When you enter IV therapy medical detox, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation of your health including your physical, psychological and social well being. A medication protocol and detox plan will be created especially for you and will be implemented via intravenous therapy. IV therapy is important because it allows the doctor to make any changes that are needed such as increasing or decreasing the medication protocol to meet your withdrawal needs to keep you comfortable.
While IV therapy medical detox will detox your system, there are certain types of drug tests that detox will not work for such as drug tests that use the hair rather than urine for the test. Drugs will stay in the hair for many months. Short of removing the hair completely from your body, your drug use will show up in a hair drug test for several weeks or months. However, those types of drug test are expensive and most employers use urine tests because of the cost effectiveness.
If you are concerned as to whether or not you will pass the drug test at work, you should discuss your drug use with your doctor. Your doctor can discuss your options with you.
Of course, the best way to ensure that you pass a work drug test, is to not use drugs. Once you have completed detox, you may want to consider enrolling in a program that gives you the tools you need to be successful in rebuilding your life without drug use. St. Jude Retreats offers a cognitive behavioral education program that teaches guests to use self assessment and implement self directed change. Guests learn to reevaluate their choices, habits an behaviors; and to make decisions and form habits and behaviors that are positive and purposeful.
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