Urine Toxicology Testing for Addiction Treatment
Drug testing has become an integral part of drug treatment programs for patient monitoring and evaluation in substance treatment. Drug testing has become so common, the Federal government has established testing guidelines for treatment programs that are licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Urine Toxicology Testing is typically used as:
- Part of the initial assessment of a patient being evaluated for a diagnosis of a Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD)
- A screen to prevent potential adverse effects of pharmacotherapy
- A component of the treatment plan for an SUD
- A way to monitor the patient’s use of illicit substances or adherence to pharmacotherapy treatment for SUDs
- A way to assess the efficacy of the treatment plan (i.e., level of care).
Urine Toxicology Testing can also be used to document abstinence for legal matters, disability determinations, custody disputes, or reinstatement in certain professions (e.g., lawyers, healthcare providers, professional athletes, airline pilots).