Maybe you are on probation about to get a drug test, or applying for a new job. In either case, you are probably reading this because you have recently used drugs and are trying to figure out how to pass a drug test.
Of course, the best way to pass a drug test is to not use any at all, so if you have time before your drug test to get clean, stop using the drugs altogether.
You have probably heard about detox drinks from friends claiming they have passed drug tests no problem, but your conscience is guilty and you are nervous trying to figure out if it would work for you, too. So you are asking yourself, do detox drinks work?
How long are drugs able to be detected in your system?
These timeframes are not indicative of how long it takes to completely be rid of each drug in your system, only an approximation of the amount of time it takes to not be detectable by a urine drug test.
- Amphetamines (amphetamines, methamphetamines, speed): 3-5 days
- Cannabinoids (marijuana, hash): 15-50 days, avg. 30 days for regular user.
- Cocaine (cocaine, crack, benzoylecgonine): 4-5 days
- Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine): 2-4 days
- Phencyclidine (PCP): 3-7 days
How do detox drinks work?
It is a well known fact that fat is a storage place for toxins, and drugs are toxins; therefore, the toxins from drugs are stored in your fat cells. When you burn these fat cells through exercise or other means, metabolites are released into your urine. It is these metabolites that trigger a positive result on a urine drug test.
Detox drinks, in theory, are designed to inhibit the body’s ability to metabolize your fat cells for a few hours supposedly enabling you to pass the test. It is important to note that these are only designed to work for urine drug tests, so if you are getting a saliva test, blood test, hair test, or spinal tap, this is not a solution for you.
Do detox drinks work?
The answer is no, to err on the side of caution. Many claim that they passed with flying colors, while others have claimed that they failed their drug test miserably, that the detox caused them to pee all of the drugs into the cup.
The truth is, it is a gamble. The only thing you can really do to help get the detox to work properly is to follow the directions on the detox very carefully.
If you want to go into your drug test with a bit more confidence, purchase an over-the-counter drug test from a pharmacy and take this test before your actual drug test. This will give you an idea ahead of time if the detox drink worked for you or not.
Again, the best way to pass a drug test is to not use drugs at all. If you feel you have an addiction to drugs, it is important to seek help at a drug rehabilitation center. There are also many telephone hotlines dedicated to helping addicts by providing counseling services over the phone and offering assistance in finding a nearby rehab center.
Getting clean is your best option; not only will your body be clean, but so will your conscience.