How many times have you heard the following phrase? “I swear I’m not using any more. You can drug test me.” Or perhaps you heard something like this, instead: “I’m not drinking at work, trust me, they would never allow that.” Chances are if you have an addict in your life, you’ve heard those kinds of statements. These words spring false hope. You love this person, you want to believe them. Your heart grasps onto this hope and blinds itself to the reality that is often right in front of your face.
It is not a conscious action, but a subconscious one, and it’s perfectly normal. The stress mechanisms in our brains tell us that we would be better off if we just avoided the situation right now because there is no immediate threat. Sometimes the faint hope is too strong to confront the lie. And what would be the point? Even though they are sober today, there exists a seed of doubt. They were an addict before, they lied about it before, what makes today different?
You are not alone. Many family members go on for weeks, months, even years, suspecting that their loved one was drinking or using drugs, but when they deny it, what can be done? There have been so many lies in the past, how can we believe them?
When a client returns home from treatment there is always such hope…but also fear. When our alcoholic loved shows up 10 minutes late for dinner, there is now the question hanging over them. We want to ask, but we don’t want to accuse. Are they late because they were drinking? Are they using again? This fear is natural, and not unfounded. Many addicts in recovery go through periods of relapse.
Today, things can be different. There’s no need to wonder, there’s no need for that doubt between you and your loved one. What if you could sleep each night without question? What if their sobriety had the legitimacy of random drug and alcohol testing?
Give Your Loved One the Gift of Accountability
Although typically just one part of a more comprehensive Case Management service, we can provide randomized drug testing and alcohol screening for your loved one. Typically, this Continuum of Care service commences directly following discharge from treatment and has a duration of one year. We will coordinate the random tests with a local screening facility.
The cost for this service for one year is $3,000. The family or the client will also be responsible for the fees associated with individual tests. Please contact us with questions regarding Random Drug/Alcohol Testing.