1) Drug Test
2) Drug Test.
Drug tests don’t lie. Drug addicts do. It is your job and responsibility as a parent to seek treatment for a child who is showing signs of any disease, including addiction. Drug addicts cannot pass a properly administered drug test. So if you really want to know the truth, you are one simple step away from finding it out.
“When young people get clean, they like being drug tested,” Jon Daily said, when we talked on my radio show. “They like to be able to tell their friends that their parents are drug testing them. It [gets them off the hook and] makes all the peer pressure go away.”
You can read about my family’s experience with home drug testing in my book The Addicts Among Us. Brandon is now clean of opiates, but to this day, I still drug test him. Here is an excerpt from the book:
I get a lump in my throat every time I walk to my closet to retrieve the six-panel drug test that I keep stocked. I tested Brandon one Saturday morning just before he moved out on his own. He wobbled his sleepy body towards the bathroom door and I stood next to it. I watched the side panel of the test cup as the urine within soaked into the strips of paper. It only takes about a minute but it seems like so much longer. I have to remind myself to breathe as I await the verdict. Two lines form for each panel, representing each drug all negative and I exhale in relief. Brandon tested completely clean and now I can rejoice in his sobriety, another step closer to the trust he lost so many years before. He maneuvers his sleep body back to the bed as he smiles with confidence because he was the only person who truly knew what the test result was going to be when I first woke him, and I am now the second.