Drug Abuse Test
There are two primary drug abuse test methods – physical and psychological. Physical drug tests can include chemical analysis of bodily fluids such as blood, urine, or sweat, or of hair samples. Psychological drug tests usually consist of self-tests for individuals to determine their degree of drug use or abuse. There is little in the way of non-chemical tests to determine for sure whether someone you care about is abusing drugs.
Physical Drug Abuse Testing
If you are a parent and are concerned that your child is using drugs, there are a number of parental drug abuse test kits available. I suspect that the greatest value of these is that by letting your child know that a drug abuse test could be administered at any time (which means you actually have to do it now and again) they can use your drug testing as a reason to turn down drugs or alcohol when offered. It gives them a tool to resist peer pressure.
If your drug user is an adult, you may have problems administering a physical drug abuse test. Most drug users won’t cooperate unless you have some kind of leverage, such as being a parent or employer. In these cases the best you can do is look for signs of use. The following questionnaire and checklist can help you determine how big a problem you may have.
Drug Abuse Questionnaire and Checklist
Below I have compiled a list of signs and symptoms along with questions I have reworked from drug abuse self tests. If you have someone in your family that you suspect is abusing drugs and they are unwilling to cooperate with a drug abuse test, the following may help.
When using the following keep in mind that no matter what you learn, the results are not conclusive. However, they may help you decide whether to engage professional assistance.
1. Have you observed your loved one use drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
2. Do yours or your loved one’s prescription drugs disappear faster than their use instructions would indicate as appropriate?
3. Have you observed your loved one experiencing what appear to be "blackouts" or "flashbacks"?
4. Has your loved one ever expressed regret or concern about their drug use?
5. Have you ever complained about your loved one’s drug use?
6. Has your loved one’s drug use ever created problems in your relationship?
7. Have you or your loved one lost friends because of your loved one’s drug use?
8. Has your loved one neglected you or your family because of drug use?
9. Has your loved one had work troubles or lost a job because of drug use?
10. Has your loved one’s behavior changed with no apparent cause? Some of the behaviors that you might have seen change are listed here.
11. Have you observed any physical changes in your loved one that have no apparent cause? Some of the physical changes that you might have observed are listed here.
12. Has your loved one ever engaged in illegal activities in order to support their drug use?
13. Has your loved one ever been arrested for the possession of drugs?
14. Has your loved one ever been arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs?
15. Are you aware of any health problems that your loved one has as a result of drug use?
16. Have you ever looked for help to address your loved one’s drug use?
17. Has your loved one ever entered a drug use treatment program
What Do My Answers Mean?
If you were able to answer yes to any of these questions, you should be concerned about your loved one’s drug use. If you were able to answer yes to several of these, you should probably be looking for professional help.
When I first suspected my spouse was an alcoholic addict, I spent a long time trying to figure out how to deal with the problem without telling anyone. I was too embarrassed to admit that I had a problem that I couldn’t solve.
You will have to decide the right course of action for your circumstances. However, if it was me, I would start getting help much earlier in the process than I did the first time around, knowing that I would avoid a lot of unnecessary loneliness and pain.
More Helpful Information
While this site has much information about dealing with drug abuse, every site is a reflection of the author's particular views. For another perspective, you may want to have a look at this site that is focused specifically on surviving drug addiction.
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