Prevention as the Best Strategy: At-Home Drug Testing

Home Prevention as the Best Strategy: At-Home Drug Testing

When it comes to substance abuse, preventative measures can mean the difference between addiction and a healthy, normal lifestyle.

For teens, these measures can be especially effective, since they are particularly susceptible to rash decisions that lead to drug experimentation. Science has shown, again and again, that their still-developing sense of judgment distorts their notion of risk, causing some to disregard all the research clearly stating the danger of drug abuse. At the same time, the risk of substance abuse strongly increases during transition periods—for both teens and adults—and transitioning into an adult can be rocky at best. During high school, adolescents are also faced with many addictive substances at once, such as:

  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Other narcotics, such as cocaine, “Molly,” LSD, shrooms, etc.

Mixing these with peer pressure and the perceived normalcy of substance abuse (at parties, for instance) entices many teens, particularly as they seek to alleviate any anxiety caused by these new, challenging social situations. Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can easily, and affordably, take.

So, what is the answer? How can you best keep your child safe and free from addiction?

Particularly in a city like Los Angeles, CA, where drugs are rampant, knowing if your child is clean can mean the difference between constant anxiety and peace of mind. With our in-home, mobile drug-testing program, you can take control of preventative care for your child. Through consistent at-home tests, you can catch any potential substance abuse issues early, which is extremely important given that most cases of addiction are with people who experimented with drugs and alcohol at an early age.

Knowing when to begin implementing in-home drug testing is crucial. Here are a few signs that your child might need you to intervene:

  • Physical Signs:
    • Bloodshot eyes
    • Dilated pupils
    • Smaller than average pupils
    • Disrupted sleep pattern
    • Changes in appetite patterns
    • Sudden weight loss/gain
    • Seizures (for those without a history of seizures)
    • Loss of coordination (i.e. bruises they don’t know how they got)
    • Diminished personal hygiene or appearance
    • Shakes or tremors
  • Behavioral Signs:
    • Diminished motivation in school
    • Lack of interest for activities they were once passionate about
    • Complaints from friends, teachers, etc.
    • Acting withdrawn
    • Borrowing frequently or stealing money
    • Avoiding eye contact
    • Using incense or perfume to mask the smell of drugs/smoke
    • Using eyedrops to hide bloodshot eyes/dilated pupils
  • Psychological Signs:
    • Confusing change in personality
    • Sudden mood swings or irritability
    • Inability to focus
    • Unexplained anxiety or paranoia

If your child exhibits some of the above signs, and gives you reason to believe that they are more than the typical symptoms of puberty, it could be time to administer an at-home drug test. Although your teen might not welcome the idea of taking a drug test, it could help you catch and prevent serious substance abuse issues, saving you tens of thousands in drug counseling and therapy costs in the future.

How does in-home drug testing work?

Once you’ve decided that you need to give your child a drug test, it might feel daunting to come up with next steps. Thankfully, for those in our Southern California community, we’re there every step of the way to make this process as smooth as possible for you. Just let us know when and where you’d like us to administer your child’s in-home drug test, and we’ll do the rest. With a team of professionals, we’ll collect a sample and take it to our lab, where it can be tested for:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamines
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax/Valium)
  • Oxycodone
  • Ecstasy
  • PCP
  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene
  • Buprenorphine (Suboxone)
  • Others as requested.

Is an in-home drug test enough?

Ultimately, our mission is to extend our drug-testing program to high schools throughout our Southern California community. We believe that it can only help by shedding light on those who need more preventative care and attention early on, rather than waiting until their condition worsens and they begin noticeably changing and acting out.  At our facilities in Los Angeles County, we work with young adults every day who clearly could have benefitted from more aggressive preventative care, at a time when they were forming long-term habits that shaped their adult lives. Now, through our mobile in-home drug-testing program, you can do just that, and ensure your child gets the help or she needs, without missing a beat.

However, it’s important to remember that preventative care does not end there: you need to make sure that your teen reads and understands all the research clearly proving the ways substance abuse can destroy lives, from impaired cognitive ability to inability to maintain healthy relationships. Only by fully understanding the scope of the risk will they develop a truly mature sense of judgment, significantly lowering their chances of addiction.