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No parent really wants to put their kids through drug or alcohol testing, but if you suspect that your child is having a problem with these substances, it can be irresponsible of you not to do so. After all, sometimes doing the right thing as a parent means not doing the thing that your child wants you to do for their own benefit.

However, that doesn’t mean that drug testing is easy, even if you know that you need to do it. Kids are also getting smarter and more savvy regarding beating drug tests, and if you’re dealing with older teens that have money, you may be surprised when you get results if your child cheats.

Use these tips to help you learn more about effective testing for drugs and alcohol use. It’s your responsibility as a parent to make sure your child doesn’t abuse substances under your roof so they can live a healthy, happy life as adults. The behavior they develop now will stay with them in adulthood.

Surprise Testing
Testing for drugs and alcohol, especially when you’re dealing with older teens, can’t be something that you choose to schedule. While it might seem unfair to spring a drug test on your children in the middle of the afternoon on a weekend or after school during the week, you need to surprise your child if you want accurate results.

The reason you need to do this is because alcohol can quickly leave a person’s system, and a test may not catch traces of alcohol, even if your child drank heavily 48 hours ago. That means you need to test when you suspect use, and you need to do it when your child isn’t expecting to take a test.

The same thing goes for many drugs. While traces of marijuana can remain in the system, and other drugs can last for weeks too, that doesn’t mean all drugs do. Some leave the system very quickly and won’t be caught if testing is done close to the date of use.

Test Regularly
If you suspect that your child has a drug or alcohol problem, you’ll need to test them regularly. That’s because a single test may not reveal the truth, especially if administered at the wrong time.

Test regularly, especially if your child has a proven history of regular drug or alcohol consumption or abuse.

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