Drug tests are generally administered before admission to a drug or alcohol treatment program to determine the condition of the patient's system prior to treatment. Drug testing may be carried out at regular intervals or at any time throughout rehabilitation and recovery to keep individuals accountable, sober, honest, and drug free during recovery. Random drug tests are harder to beat and therefore more challenging to predict. Drug testing may also prevent dangerous relapsing episodes.
Drug testing is not a remedy or treatment, but a device which can be used in rehab and in recovery from alcohol and drug addictions to aid in quitting. Drug detox may be the first motion in a drug or alcohol rehab process after a positive drug test. Physical occupational therapy, group and individual counseling, and peer support groups will all be integrated into a well-rounded treatment plan, which is helpful in the pursuit of a full recovery.