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How to Use Soberlink: The Appropriate Clinical Response to Positive Tests

“Positive tests should result in immediate punishment.”

Positive tests are defined as a series of submitted tests that indicate alcohol consumption. But as serious as a positive test result may be, leading with punishment is often not the best path. In fact, the most beneficial response may be an assessment followed by an adjustment to treatment or care.

Alcohol Monitoring 101: What You Should Know

Do you suffer from alcohol abuse? As helpless and scary as this abuse or addiction can be, know you’re not alone. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports a staggering 15.1 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD), or the uncontrollable, preoccupied use of alcohol.

To aid in abuse and addiction recovery, many patients, treatment providers, and family law professionals recommend the use of alcohol monitoring systems. In this article, you’ll learn more about what alcohol monitoring is, how it can benefit you, and other useful information to help you decide if an alcohol monitoring breathalyzer system is the right choice for you.

How to Use Soberlink: Responding to a Missed Test

“Any instance of missing a test should be treated as a slip or relapse.”

A missed test is a scheduled test that is not submitted within the required test window. The consensus of the expert panel agreed to a test schedule of 2-3 tests per day with a 2 hour test window. This type of schedule was determined by the panel to be convenient enough for a patient for the recommended 12 months of use in continued care.

How to Use Soberlink: Random vs. Scheduled Testing

“It is better to require random tests and surprise the client instead of setting up a test schedule.”

It is generally accepted that urine drug screens should be administered randomly and periodically, but Soberlink’s daily testing should be viewed from a different perspective.

While it might seem like a good strategy to try and catch the recovering patient “off guard” with random tests, this will quickly create a toxic and stressful environment around testing. It may further place a strain on the relationship between the patient and clinician.

How to Use Soberlink: Test Frequency and Program Duration

“I should set my patient up with as many tests per day as possible to ensure sobriety.”

This is actually the biggest and most common mistake to make when setting up a daily test schedule for your patient. While it seems like you should test as much as possible, a schedule that includes more than 3 tests per day will likely become a source of anxiety and quickly intrude on the patient’s life.

Is Relapse Part of Recovery?

“Relapse is a part of recovery.” We’ve all heard it. But is it true? While you could interpret this phrase to mean that relapse is unavoidable, that is not the context in which it is meant.

Darryl S. Inaba explains it well in his book Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders: “Relapse must be accepted but not excused in recovery.” In other words, if a person in recovery does relapse, he should be treated with compassion, not shame, but the event should be processed thoroughly to determine the cause and prevent it from happening again.

Accountability In Continued Care

One of the most important lessons taught in treatment centers is accountability. To maintain long-term sobriety, clients need to be pushed to be responsible for their own recovery. Products like Soberlink are making it easier and more convenient for them to take ownership of their behaviors.

Cindy Feinberg of The Recovery Coach designs treatment for individuals whose careers make it difficult for them to attend inpatient therapy. “We decided to implement Soberlink into our treatment program around two years ago,” she said. “What I like about it is [clients] don’t feel like prisoners and we’re not hovering over them. We set them up to have their own accountability.”

Royce Dockrill of Valient Recovery, another satisfied client, concurs. His program works to assess and treat mental health conditions related to alcohol and drug dependency. “Soberlink … provides a really good support system, keeps patients accountable, and helps rebuild trust in family units and relationships,” he said.