When it’s time to begin a new career, there’s one part of the hiring process that has become more common than ever: The drug test. Almost all large employers will ask new employees to take a drug test to prove that they are not using illegal drugs. Does exercise help you pass drug tests? Does exercise help detox drugs? Some online forums say that they can. Throughout this article, we’ll answer that question and look at other things people believe about passing drug tests. However, if you are addicted to drugs, your best solution is to overcome your addiction.
There are addiction treatment centers across the country that can help you do this. We can direct you to them if you want to live a life free from drugs. It benefits everyone – your friends, your loved ones, and especially you. Please contact us at 480-378-0660.
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Why Bother Testing?
Testing employees for illegal drug use is vital for any employer. The top reason may be for the safety of other employees. When one worker is addicted to drugs, that worker creates a hazard not just for themselves but also for other workers. Unfortunately, a person under the influence can accidentally harm other people how a drunk driver can harm other drivers. Additionally, drug use also creates serious productivity issues. If someone is high, they can’t do their job very well.
Finally, there’s a criminal issue. No employer wants to hire someone who is engaging in criminal activity. Illegal drug use indicates that some illegal activity is involved. Even if the addicted person didn’t buy the drugs themselves, somebody likely did. Of course, addiction doesn’t always affect criminal behavior. However, the link is usually strong enough to discourage an employer from hiring someone with an addiction.
We can see that employers have good reasons for testing their workers for drug use. Unfortunately, many employees want to fool their employers into thinking that they are drug-free. This is part of the problems an addicted person faces. How do you keep the secret? In this case, it involves trying to fool people into thinking nothing is wrong. Many addicted persons go online to look for quick ways to trick the doctors and pass the drug test. They quickly realize that it’s not as easy as it seems. Drug use can be detected in the body long after the drug use takes place. For addicts, the problem is that their bodies have accumulated extra toxins after years of drug abuse. Without medical detoxification, those harmful toxins will stay there, and medical experts will be able to find them.
Looking At Drug Tests
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “drug tests vary, depending on what types of drugs are tested for and what types of specimens are being collected.” The tests are commonly five categories of drugs: amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates , and Phencyclidine (PCP). “Urine, hair, saliva (oral fluid), or sweat samples can be used as test specimens.”
The drug test most people are familiar with is the urine test. In addition, this is the test that many think they can pass if they drink a lot of water or exercise a lot beforehand. It’s just not that easy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the urine test is based on detection of 9-carboxy- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a metabolite of delta-9-THC, which is the primary pharmacologically active component of marijuana ... 9-carboxy-THC is detectable in plasma within minutes after a dose is smoked and remains in plasma considerably longer than THC itself.” They continue, “when the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, urine samples containing at least the stated detection level of 9-carboxy-THC will test positive at least 95% of the time.”
Can They Tell if I Am Under the Influence?
It does seem to be true that the urine test can’t verify how much a worker will be affected by marijuana use.
According to the CDC, “attempts to correlate urine concentration with impairment or time of dose are complicated by variations in individual metabolism, metabolite accumulation in the chronic user, and urine volume changes due to diet, exercise, and age. Therefore, a positive result by the urine cannabinoid test indicates only the likelihood of prior use … If an effect on performance is the main reason for screening, the urine cannabinoid test result alone cannot indicate performance impairment or assess the degree of risk associated with the person’s continuing to perform tasks. If a history of marijuana use is the major reason for screening, the urine test for cannabinoids should be able to detect prior use for up to 2 weeks in the casual user and possibly longer in the chronic user.”
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Exercise Won’t Fix It
It is amazing to realize how incorrect some advice can be. According to an article on ScienceDirect.com, exercise seems to increase plasma THC concentrations in regular cannabis users, making marijuana use easier to detect. The report states that the “major psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, delta-9-THC accumulates in fat tissue from where it slowly diffuses back into the blood. THC pre-treated rats can show elevated plasma cannabinoid levels when subjected to conditions that promote fat utilization, such as fasting.”
The article also states that “exercise-induced a small, statistically significant increase in plasma THC levels accompanied by increased plasma FFA and glycerol levels … Fasting induced a significant increase in plasma FFA levels, and a lowering of blood glucose, but did not significantly alter plasma cannabinoid levels. Here we demonstrate that exercise enhances plasma THC levels in regular cannabis users … Overall, these results suggest that exercise may elevate blood THC levels by releasing dormant THC from fat stores.”
Where Does This Idea Come From?
Perhaps the idea that exercise would help addicts pass a drug test comes from the mistaken notion that people can quickly dilute their urine. Additionally, this would also explain where the “drinking water” theory comes from. The more pure water, the less THC, right? However, that isn’t the case, especially for long-time drug users. Does sweating help get rid of drugs from your system? No, you can’t sweat out THC. Remember that the sweat isn’t where THC is stored. THC is in the body fat, which doesn’t go away directly through sweating.
If you want to pass a drug test, your only reliable option is to stop taking drugs. Medical detoxification is part of the recovery process for most long-term addicts. It’s a process you don’t have to fear if you have the proper professional help by your side. Detoxing by yourself can be dangerous, depending on the kinds of drugs you have been consuming. The process is much safer when professionals supervise it.
Other Dirty Tricks
There have been other things people have tried to falsify their drug test results, especially regarding the urine test. When an employee knows ahead of time that the drug test is imminent, they may try to substitute their urine with other urine that hasn’t been tainted by drug use. However, this is nearly impossible, especially for supervised drug tests. Remember that the urine also has to be at body temperature. In fact, it’s almost impossible to keep a liquid at body temperature when it isn’t actually in your body. Even when the test is unsupervised, trying to hide a supply of urine at body temperature is difficult at best.
Let’s also throw in the factor of random drug testing. Many employers use random drug tests to ensure that their workers aren’t abusing drugs. They will announce that the employees have to take a test that day or within the next few days. You can’t plan for a test like that. A few days probably isn’t enough time to get the evidence of drug use out of your system.
Products for Passing a Drug Test
There are some products that people sell, which they claim will let you pass the urine test. These products range from medicines to physical containers to hide urine. Needless to say, most of these products aren’t professionally tested or endorsed. There’s no guarantee they will work because the makers of those products can’t oversee the testing process. In addition, they can’t know exactly how the doctors will examine the urine. Even on some cannabis websites, when discussing how to pass the urine test, they say that the best bet is to stop using pot altogether. However, that’s usually easier said than done. It won’t be enough to quit for a few days or weeks. True victory over addiction usually requires professional help that can only be in a rehabilitation facility. Contact us today to start your victory.
Change Your Behavior
“Addiction is a treatable disorder,” according to Drugabuse.gov. “Research on the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people to stop using drugs and resume productive lives, also known as being in recovery.” There are many different treatments to help a person recover from drug or alcohol abuse. Additionally, each person’s treatment plan will depend on many factors. Behavioral therapies are beneficial. Behavioral treatment means learning how different behaviors can help you. These behaviors don’t just involve other people. In fact, they can involve thinking patterns or motivations to help a person stay drug-free.
Drugabuse.gov lists several forms of behavioral therapy. The article states that “cognitive-behavioral therapy seeks to help patients recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they’re most likely to use drugs. Contingency management uses positive reinforcement such as providing rewards or privileges for remaining drug–free, for attending and participating in counseling sessions, or for taking treatment medications as prescribed. Motivational enhancement therapy uses strategies to make the most of people’s readiness to change their behavior and enter treatment. Family therapy helps people (especially young people) with drug use problems, as well as their families, address influences on drug use patterns and improve overall family functioning.” They also mention the importance of 12-step programs or Alcoholics Anonymous in helping provide therapy through mutual support.”
We’ve hopefully cleared up a common misconception. Exercising will not help you pass a drug test. The evidence of drug use isn’t so easy to hide. If anything, studies show that exercise will make pot use easier to detect in regular marijuana users. With urine tests being so accurate, employers will probably continue to rely on drug testing to keep their employees safe and the workplace productive. If you have a drug test coming up, it’s time to face the problems caused by drug abuse. It’s more than just failing a test or losing a job. Drug abuse ruins your life. Too many people have died from drug abuse to dismiss the problem.
Drugs can take control of your life and prevent you from making decisions that will help you. You can break free from addiction. Call us today at 480-378-0660 to be connected to a treatment center that is right for you. Get the help you need so that drug testing will never be a problem for you again.
Written by: Steve Witucki