The best way for a client and therapist to develop trust is through honesty. One of the ideal means for a therapist to begin to trust their client remains that the client is honest about their drug and alcohol use. The rehab center and therapist have a vested interest in your sobriety. Plus, the therapist and the rehab center need to be sure that there are no drugs or alcohol in their rehab center to entice people in recovery to relapse. Our alcohol rehab in NJ’s job is to keep all of our clients safe and sober. For this reason, you may be occasionally drug and alcohol tested to ensure that no substances have come into the therapeutic setting.

On top of screening for street drugs and alcohol, Discovery cares enough about you to limit or stop certain other chemicals from entering the setting, too. Your belongings will be searched from time to time. These searches especially occur when you first enter the treatment facility and any time you come back from a visit outside the rehab. Innocuous looking items such as mouthwash and other things may be removed from your possession if they contain alcohol or other chemicals that can sabotage your or someone else’s recovery. Also, incoming packages and mail may be screened before you get to see them keep contraband items out of the facility.


What are the Benefits of Drug Testing During Rehab?

Random drug testing remains a standard procedure in drug rehabs. The main point of random drug testing is to keep these substances out of the rehab and to prevent relapses from happening. Random drug and alcohol remain a safety issue for the clients and staff at a rehab. This testing is never intended as a punishment for rehab participants.


Contraband Items in Rehab

All rehab centers differ in what they allow brought into their facility. But, in general, the following items remain contraband items in most rehab centers:

  • Items with glass, like mirrors and pictures with frames
  • Razors
  • Sharp objects and scissors, including beard trimmers
  • Any article that contains alcohol, including mouthwash and makeup
  • Most electronic devices, including watches
  • Revealing or otherwise inappropriate clothing
  • Open containers such as pop or beer containers
  • Medications of any type
  • Tobacco products and anything related to tobacco products
  • Stamps
  • Perfume or aftershave
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Aerosol products like hairspray
  • Some kinds of toothpaste
  • Stuffed animals
  • Any other item that the staff declares contraband


What if Your Drug Test is Positive?

If a relapse does happen, drug and alcohol testing ensure that the participants involved get help to get back on track quickly. Many rehab programs have a plan developed for positive tests and relapses. Often these plans are predetermined by the individual and their therapist as a part of the original treatment plan.

If you’d have a hard time passing an employee substance abuse or pre-employment test, please contact us at 844-478-6563 today for help getting clean and sober.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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