Alcohol and Drug Testing

Alcohol and Drug Testing services offered in Sharpstown, Houston and Temple, TX

Alcohol and drug testing is sometimes necessary to keep you and the people you work with safe. If you need a drug or alcohol test, visit Katrina Gary-Forté, PhD, at Trade It In in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gary-Forté specializes in substance use disorders and helping people overcome addiction. Whatever the reason you need a drug test, you can trust Trade It In to be discreet, impartial, and respectful. Call their office today for more information, or book an appointment online.

Why might I need alcohol and drug testing?

You might need to undergo alcohol and drug testing at Trade It In for several reasons. These include:

Employment tests

Employers often require drug tests for new hires as a condition of their employment. Once you start work, you might be subject to random testing at any time to ensure your workplace is safe and employees aren’t operating under the influence of any prohibited substances.

DOT drug and alcohol tests

People who drive any kind of vehicle as part of their job need a commercial driver’s license (CDL). This involves having a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical to confirm you’re fit to drive.

Part of the DOT physical is a drug and alcohol screening, followed by random drug tests after you get your CDL. You might also need a drug test if you’re involved in an auto accident.

Substance use and addiction rehabilitation

Trade It In offers MAT (medication-assisted treatment) and intensive outpatient rehabilitation programs for people with substance use disorders. These programs involve a substance use evaluation and taking medications that help you overcome your addiction.

Taking them at the same time as the drug you’re addicted to can cause dangerous side effects, so you need to undergo alcohol and drug testing to ensure you don’t have any problems.

What substances are identifiable with alcohol and drug testing?

Alcohol and drug testing can detect numerous illegal drugs and prescription medications, including:

  • Marijuana and cannabinoids
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Phencyclidine (PCP or angel dust)
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Barbiturates
  • Amphetamines
  • Methaqualone
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Alcohol
  • Gabapentin
  • Carisoprodol
  • Opioids

Opioids include heroin and prescription pain drugs such as oxycodone, morphine, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, tramadol, hydromorphone, and fentanyl. Alcohol and drug testing can also detect substances like buprenorphine and methadone, which are often part of substance use rehabilitation treatment.

What does alcohol and drug testing involve?

Drug and alcohol testing uses samples taken from your body. Most drug tests use urine samples, but saliva, blood, and hair are also useful. For example, hair testing reveals someone’s substance use history long after traces have left the urine or blood.

When you visit Trade It In for your drug test, someone will stay with you to obtain the sample. They won’t invade your privacy unnecessarily, but it’s vital to ensure that the substance used for testing isn’t someone else’s. If your drug test is for your employer, Dr. Gary-Forté will send them the results.

To find out more about alcohol and drug testing, call Trade It In today or book an appointment online.