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Feels like a set up

by Pammy

Been clean for a decade but have stayed on a program due to health reasons. I take pride in being clean an recently after taken a drug screen, my urine comes up positive for opium.

I immediately requested a copy of my lab paper, and this new counselor says to me it's not going to help you. I smell a rat. She's also the one who did my drug screen, they want me to settle down an let it go, but my reputation an recovery is on the line! How can this happen?

I do have a liver disease,and i used a antibiotic for my eye for pink eye. I also received Tramadol at the ER, due to muscle pain that was occurring around my heart. But they claim none of those drugs would have effected my drug screen?

I have not spoken to a the doctor at the place here in md.I feel maybe it's time for me to take my files an go to another recovery center, because these people are full of it, please give suggestions?

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Congratulations on staying clean for 10 years!
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Pammy,

I want to congratulate you on staying clean for 10 years. As an addiction counselor, I know how truly challenging staying clean is.

I don't want to give you information that will upset you further or disrupt your recovery, but it seems that you're having issues with you current treatment so I will try to help by telling what I know. It can be difficult for a treatment center to be helpful and at the same time be giving drug screen information that may make you unhappy or angry.

I know very little about your situation, but I can tell you that Tramadol is a synthetic opiate and will show up on a drug screen. I'm not sure why the ER would tell you that it wouldn't show and you should probably check with them again now that you've received a positive result.

I don't know what you should do but you may consider sticking with your current treatment center as you try to get more information about Tramadol.

Good Luck,


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