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The Secret Drug Test Explained

The Secret Drug Test is an instant, home-based drug test that you can apply in the privacy of your own home. Your kits arrive quickly and are discretely packaged. We recommend a regular testing schedule so you will immediately know when there is a sudden use of drugs by your child. Keep additional tests on hand so you can test anytime you become suspicious or concerned about changes in your child.

The Secret Drug Tests are “pen tests” that are about the size of a disposable ink pen.  Each foil-wrapped, sealed package is a complete kit, which includes everything you need: the “pen” (ampoule) with drug detection drops inside, 2 collection papers (slightly smaller than a business card) and instructions that include a color chart showing the reaction colors for a “drug present” result. Everything is wrapped and sealed inside a small foil package. Each kit is designed to conduct up to two tests but once the ampoule is opened, you must conduct the second test within a specified time of the first test. The amount of time between tests varies by test product.

You can test unknown visible substances you find within your home, vehicle or your child’s personal possessions. Or you can test for invisible, trace residues on surfaces in your home, vehicles or on your child’s personal possessions. Simply swipe the area with the test paper and apply the drops. Match the color reaction to the included color chart.

These tests are the only drug tests available to the home market that can test visible or invisible residues found on surfaces or personal items that your child touches regularly. Test for residues that will come from the handling and use of controlled and illicit substances. (For identification of pills, break in half and rub the rough edge on the test paper for best results.)

Please be aware that these tests are accurate in determining that drugs are present but they do not indicate who is using the drugs. You will need to enter into a discussion with your child at some point and ask if he or she is using drugs. By knowing in advance that drugs have been found within your household, you can educate yourself, prepare for the discussion and have a helpful plan of action in place to begin the process of combating drug use within your family. If it is true that your beloved child is using drugs, you will want to take action. There is nothing positive to be gained by allowing drug use to progress into abuse and potentially drug addiction.

The cost is affordable enough to test your home and vehicle regularly. These drug tests are accurate on trace amounts of drug residues and are the same products used by law enforcement and government agencies.

Secret is upsetting to Some Moms

Recently I have spoken with a couple of moms that were upset about the “secret” part of Secret Drug Test. In particular, both moms mentioned losing trust within the parent-child relationship as their main objection. Of course, I agree that trust is a very serious element in any relationship. Once trust has been lost, or questioned, a relationship becomes strained. Relationships with teens are already difficult to say the least, and adding strain to that is Continue Reading…

21 Protective Factors That Reduce Your Teen’s Risk of Drug Use

Just as there are risk factors that increase the chance of your teen abusing drugs, decades of research has identified protective factors that reduce the risk of drug abuse. We know now that genetics plays a role in addiction. And while it is impossible to change your teen’s genes, limiting risk factors and increasing protective factors will reduce the likelihood of him or her developing a substance abuse problem.

Below are 21 protective factors that will reduce your teen’s risk of drug use.

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Teen Drug Addiction and the Family

When it comes to teenage drug addiction, the teen addict is not the only person affected. Addiction affects the entire family. Having an addict in the family puts a lot of strain on all relationships as well as the family dynamics.  Addiction causes all members of the family to experience pain, frustration, and a lot of anger. Many times siblings of the addict will feel left out or ignored. Family therapy can be very important in enabling family members to restore relationships.

It’s so important for parents of teen addicts to learn new parenting techniques to deal with the addict as well as ways to help siblings cope with the addiction Continue Reading…

Experimenting with Drugs and Alcohol: Is it a normal rite of passage for teenagers?

It has long been considered a normal rite of passage for teenagers to experiment with alcohol and illegal drugs. Many of us recall experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol during our teenage years or had friends and/or classmates who did. A few kids would swipe beer or wine from the fridge at home and others would bring a little weed. Someone would start a bonfire, turn on some music, and everyone would just hang out having a good time.

That is no longer the world in which we live. Designer drugs and prescription medicine have replaced marijuana and beer. Today’s drugs are stronger, more Continue Reading…

8 Parenting Mistakes That Could Lead to Teen Substance Abuse

There is no doubt that teen substance abuse is a nation-wide problem that desperately needs nation-wide attention. Substance abuse has become an epidemic in our country and many parents are unaware of the extent and seriousness of it. Additionally, substance abuse prevention in past decades has been primarily taught at school.

However, in the past several years, science has made great strides in substance Continue Reading…

Are You Ignoring Your Teens Mental Health Issues?

As parents it’s sometimes hard to admit to ourselves that our teen may have mental health problems. When my 17 year old daughter came to me and said she needed to see a psychiatrist I said I would make an appointment for her. However, I had no intention of making an appointment for her. I had never seen any signs of depression, anxiety, anger issues, mania, social awkwardness, or behavioral problems. On the contrary, she had always been outgoing, intelligent, sweet, and just an all-around delightful teenager.

I had always felt quite blessed to have such a well-adjusted, respectful teen.  I didn’t believe for a minute that she had any mental health issues. I mean, how could I have missed something like that? She and I are extremely close. I thought Continue Reading…

5 Tips for Talking to Your Teen about Drugs and Alcohol

When it comes to talking to teens about drugs and alcohol, many parents don’t know where to begin. Every child is unique, so there is no one correct way to talk to your teen about drugs and alcohol. Here are 5 tips for talking to your teen about drugs and alcohol that will help the conversation stay positive and be productive.

  1. Be prepared.

You don’t want to bring up the subject of drug abuse and addiction, and then not be able to answer any questions your teen has. To prepare for a conversation with your teen about substance abuse, it is necessary to educate yourself about Continue Reading…

Is Home Drug Testing a Violation of Privacy?

For several years I have been reading anguished parent’s posts on sites all across the Internet about drug testing their teens at home. Most parents concern is about whether or not they are violating their teens trust or privacy if they chose to drug test. When it comes to using secret drug tests many parents are even more convinced that they are violating their teen’s privacy or trust.

I am a mother of four. I have four drug-free children ages 6, 10, 16 and 18. I asked each of them, excluding my youngest, if they had some expectation of privacy when they used their cell phone or one of our computers. I explained that I would not be going through their phone or computer nor would I take it from them. I just needed to swipe the keypad or keyboard to find out if they were using drugs. Each of them responded after only a minute of thought. All three of them Continue Reading…

Suboxone Treatment for Opiate Dependency

There has been much debate over the effectiveness of Suboxone for treating drug addiction. Back in October of 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Suboxone for use in opioid addiction treatment. Suboxone is a combination of two drugs, buprenorphine and naloxone.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medication that is called an “opioid antagonist”.  It is used in emergency rooms to counter the effects of opioid overdose. Common opioids that people abuse are oxycodone, morphine, and heroin.

Buprenorphine is an opioid partial agonist. What this means is that buprenorphine is an opioid and it produces the typical effects and side effects of opioids. However, its effects are quite a bit less than those of full agonists like heroin and Continue Reading…