If you have a drug screening test coming up, you may be inclined to try get all of the detectable drugs out of your system as quickly as possible. However, the detoxification process isn’t the same for all drugs, nor does it take the same amount of time.
If you’re trying to cleanse your body of drugs to pass a drug test, here’s some advice to help you detox safely and effectively.
Are you trying to get through the detoxification process? Drug detox can be safer and easier when you partner with caring professionals like the team at Zinnia Health at one of our detox rehab centers. Contact us today at (855) 430-9439 for help.
Can I Cleanse My Body of Drugs in 24 Hours?
No, there is no quick fix to get rid of all traces of drugs in either your blood, urine, hair or sweat within 1 day.
While some drugs leave your system faster than others, there’s no proven safe method to get all signs of drug use out of your system within 24 hours or less.
THC detox kits and detox drinks tricks, like apple cider vinegar, that promise to cleanse your system quickly have very little evidence behind them.
Why Can Drug Tests Still Pick Up Drugs In Your System After 24 Hours?
Before you fall for detox pills or other products, it’s important to understand how drug tests work.
Drug tests are not just looking to detect for the active substance itself. In addition to the substance, drug tests look for specific metabolites that form in the body as your system breaks down certain drugs.
Through past research, it is well understood what types of drugs produce which types of metabolites and how long those metabolites stay in the system.
For example, the metabolites of THC (marijuana) can be detected in urine weeks after the last use.
So, the metabolites may remain long after a drug is gone from your body; these metabolites are what reveal past drug use.
Some drugs won’t show up in a hair test at all, while others could test positive for months after the last time you used the drug. If the person conducting the test is thorough, they may order various tests to cover all bases.
Which Drugs Will Show on a Drug Test?
Whether or not a drug you have been taking will show on a drug test depends on a few factors, including the type of test.
For instance, THC can show up on a urine drug test up to 4 weeks after the last use, while it will show on a blood test for about two days.
The most common type of drug test is a 10-panel drug test, which requires a urine sample. A 10-panel drug test will detect the following:
- Synthetic cannabinoids
It’s worth noting that a 10-panel test, including extracts like THC oil, wax, and glass, will detect marijuana in all forms. Additional drugs may also be tested individually, like methaqualone and propoxyphene.
If you’re looking for a detox program to help you become drug-free, it’s important to get a customized treatment plan from a team that’s familiar with the challenges of substance use. Contact Zinnia Health today at (855) 430-9439 for more information.
How Long Does It Take to Get Drugs Out of My System?
If you stop taking a drug, your body will go through a natural detox process where it will cleanse all traces of the drug, including the leftover metabolites, from your system.
Here’s a look at how long it will take for you to test drug-free after the last use:
- Cannabis will show for up to 72 hours on a urine test if you just used it once. Moderate users will generally show signs for 5-7 days, daily users will show signs for 10-15 days, and heavy users may show signs for 30 days or more.
- Cocaine use can be detected for up to 2-3 days for a urine, blood, or saliva test. A hair follicle may show past cocaine use for months or years. Heavy cocaine users may test positive for up to 2 weeks.
- Amphetamines can be detected on a blood test for about 4-6 hours, in the saliva for up to 48 hours, in the urine for up to 4 days, or in the hair for up to 90 days.
- Opioidslike codeine and fentanyl are processed much faster compared to opioids like methadone. For instance, fentanyl is detectable in the urine for about 48 hours, while methadone may show for up to two weeks. Codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone will show on a urine test for 2-4 days.
- Barbiturates come in short- and long-acting forms. Short-acting forms may show in a urine test for 24-72 hours, while long-acting barbiturates may show for seven days or more.
- Benzodiazepines also come in short- and long-acting forms. Short-acting benzos like Xanax can be detected in the urine for up to 5 days, while longer-acting benzos like Valium may be detected for up to 8 days. Chronic misuse of any benzo could be detectable for up to a month in the urine or six months in the hair.
- PCP will show on a urine test for up to 14 days, in a saliva test for up to 3 days, and on a hair test for up to 3 months.
If you only took a drug once, you will likely have very low amounts in your system, and the detox process won’t take long.
However, taking a drug for weeks or months or in large doses will take much longer to detox.
For opioids, the detox process and accompanying withdrawal symptoms can last for 14 days or more.
Why Can the Detox Process Be Dangerous?
Understanding the side effects and risks of detoxifying from whatever drugs you’ve been taking is important to prepare yourself for a safe and successful detox.
While you might see the detox process as a means of getting the metabolites out of your system, detoxification can be very hard on the mind and body.
Quitting a drug suddenly (cold turkey) can be dangerous, especially if you suffer from mental health conditions like PTSD, anxiety, or depression, all of which can be worsened by improperly managed drug withdrawal.
Substance use disorders require detailed, customized treatment programs to properly address all of the risks and concerns, so you should consider finding a detox center to help you through the process.
Some potential negative side effects of suddenly quitting a drug or trying to detox on your own include:
- Intense cravings
- A higher risk of relapse and overdose
- Psychological symptoms like anxiety and irritability
- Physical symptoms like muscle pain
- Physiological symptoms like insomnia.
How Zinnia Health Can Help With Drug Detox
If you or your loved one is worried about passing a drug test, overcoming substance abuse is the only way to guarantee their long-term health and success.
Using fake urine, taking detox drinks, or going to other lengths to try and hide signs of drug use simply won’t work, and it can have serious consequences. Instead, partnering with a caring team of professionals can help you find the path to lasting recovery.