Drug Testing A Loved One
There are a number of different reasons that you may need a drugs test and they may not all be for use in court.
Many people would like to know if a loved one such as a teenager or child is using drugs, be they illegal or legal drugs such as opiate based sleeping pills. We talk to more and more people who would like to know if their partner is consuming drugs without their knowledge. Being able to confirm what drugs are being taken is the first step in dealing with a drug misuse problem.
Coming into contact with drugs is now an inevitable part of growing up in modern life. This could happen at a school, in a club or at a friend’s house. So it should come as no surprise that more and more people are taking drugs recreationally.
Taking drugs recreationally can lead to more serious problems if that drugs misuse gets out of hand and becomes a habit. It’s at this point drug misuse becomes a problem, not only financially or from a physical point of view, but can become a physiological issue too, putting stress on family relationships.
It is shown time and time again that the first step in resolving a problem is identifying that you have a problem in the first place. If you feel that a loved one is misusing drug the first thing you should do is gather information. Do not confront the individual your concern with as this will only aggravate the situation. The best thing to do id consult your doctor, it may-be that the symptoms your seeing can be explained away as something other than drug misuse. Your local GP will be able to give you some options.
If you do not want to talk about this with your doctor then we recommend that your speak with other agencies available
At some point you will have to talk with the individual your suspect of drug misuse. It’s always better to take a soft approach, tell them your concerns and that you’re there to support them. If they deny that they have been misusing drugs and you’re sure that they have ask them if they will partake in a drugs test to make arrest your fears. You cannot force them to take a drugs test if they refuse, but tell them it will settle the matter once and for all.
The most important thing is to be honest and tell them that you are here to support them.