Tag : Accountability

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.

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.