Drug Testing

Family Medicine located in Federal Way and Tacoma, WA
Drug Testing

Drug Testing services offered in Federal Way and Tacoma, WA

As many as 10.1 million Americans struggle with substance use disorder (SUD). Helping people take the first step to recovery through drug testing is a specialty of the skilled team at Prudent Medical Providers. If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction, call the nearest office in Tacoma or Federal Way, Washington. The team is here to help, providing a safe, non-judgemental environment to discuss your health concerns and treatment options.  

What is drug testing?

Taking recreational drugs or opioids alters your brain chemistry, leading to cravings when you’re not using the specific substance. Many people try to stop substance use on their own, but they often find it challenging due to the symptoms of withdrawal. 

Drug testing at Prudent Medical Providers is a careful evaluation of the substances in your system. The team may run diagnostic tests in-office to gain more information about your health, such as a blood test, urinalysis, or hair follicle or saliva tests. 

Prudent Medical Providers performs drug testing on-site, so you can receive prompt care for you or a loved one. 

Why should I get drug testing?

If you or someone close to you is wondering whether to participate in drug testing and treating, the team at Prudent Medical Providers can provide you with the answers you’re looking for. 

In general, drug testing may be beneficial if you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and needs professional help. 

Some things you might also consider include: 

  • Do you require professional support to quit using the drugs completely? 
  • Have there been any past failed attempts to stop using drugs? 
  • Do you require supervised detox to safely get off drugs? 
  • Do you have a mental health condition that coexists with your dependence on drugs?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, drug testing may be the next step. 

Which drugs are tested?

Some of the most common drugs people are tested for include: 

  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Marijuana
  • Narcotics and opioids
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Nicotine

Certain drugs attach to pain receptors in the brain as well as in the gut and spinal cord. They block signals that cause pain and produce a pleasant, relaxed sensation. 

For some people, this relaxation and euphoria becomes addictive. They crave the feelings that the substances give them. However, substance addiction can interfere with personal relationships, employment, and your overall health, leading to problems in your daily life if left untreated. 

What happens after drug testing?

At Prudent Medical Providers, the team can offer guidance on your next steps in your recovery program. Medication may be necessary to help suppress withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings as you learn how to live without the substance. 

Your treatment plan may consist of an inpatient or outpatient program, depending on the severity of your addiction and how it affects your physical health and social life. The team wants to help you get past your addiction and improve your quality of life through healthier coping mechanisms. They offer specialist referrals when necessary to get you on the right path. 

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance addiction, call the nearest office or use the online booking tool to schedule drug testing with Prudent Medical Providers. Walk-ins are welcome.