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Accountabletesting.com and it’s parent company, Accountable Services, LLC, was formed in 2018 for the purpose of helping people overcome their hang-ups. The founder is a family physician who had his own hang-ups to deal with, and decided it would be great to use his knowledge and experience to organize programs that would help others with theirs.

In 2007 he was referred to substance abuse treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. After he completed the program, he had to sign a 5 year agreement with the state to be subject to random drug screens among other requirements. He maintained good sobriety during this time, but once he completed his contract, began a slow downhill course back to addiction which culminated in relapse two years after his contract completion. He was eventually referred back to drug/alcohol treatment and completed the program there as well. He was placed on probation afterwards and required to sign another 5 year contract for monitoring. About half-way through this program, he realized that he was receiving advantage from something that the general public was not privy to-his random drug screening.

Maintaining sobriety is a difficult and complex subject, often with failures along the way. Various forms of treatment include outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and inpatient hospitalization. Many follow the same twelve step philosophy that programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous follow. Others follow the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy philosophy, and some are geared towards education, and the list goes on and on.

Both recovery centers that he went to mixed physicians and nurses with other non-medical patients. What this doctor realized during his second stint in rehab was that the true “recovery” process took place after rehab was completed. This is where, as they say, “the rubber meets the road”, and the principles learned are put into real world practice. Addicts have a large advantage while in treatment, because they are isolated from the drugs/alcohol that was the problem, and they are isolated from the friends and family that may have encouraged it. Once they left, the physicians and nurses were enrolled in monitoring programs, and those that were non-medical personnel were sent out with nothing but the tools they had from rehab. After his own anecdotal evidence, he decided to research what happens to each group. This blurb from an LA Times article sums up most of what he found:

“Studies have found that recovery rates among doctors are higher than in the general population. Many physicians are highly motivated to return to their careers, experts say. The five-year recovery rate for addicts who participate in physician health programs is 80%, said Merlo, compared with 40% after one year in the general population.”

So why the large discrepancy? Why were doctor’s twice as successful as the general public at achieving long-term sobriety? Yes, the motivation of going back to work is high in this group, but there are others in recovery who are motivated as well. Most of the addicts who leave treatment actually want to stay sober, but most cannot. He noticed whenever he had even a passing thought of using or drinking, he would quickly remember that he was being monitored and could be tested the next day. This “crutch” was very effective in not just helping him maintain sobriety, but also in stopping the obsessive thinking about using. His thoughts were so quickly annihilated, that eventually he just stopped thinking about it.

The random drug screening, that was reported to another entity, held himACCOUNTABLE. Anyone in the recovery business understands the power of accountability in regards to recovery. Part of the success of AA and NA is that addicts make friends with others, and when they stop answering the phone or showing up at meetings, the friends know that something’s up and can intervene.

He decided to start a company that would offer this type of monitoring to the general public, in hopes that they could enjoy the same success rate that medical professionals have. However, in this case, the addict/alcoholic could choose who would be notified if there was an abnormality. The benefit to this is that instead of waiting until the addict has gone off the deep end and destroyed the life they’ve been piecing together, they could be intervened upon by others. This protects them, their freedom, and possibly their jobs, as most people who self-report a problem to their employer are allowed to seek treatment and keep their job.

The enrollee simply sets up an account, designates one to five people to be notified for testing abnormalities, and loads funds into their account to pay for the screens. They check in on the website every Monday-Friday, and if selected, report to a testing station to give a sample. It’s as simple as that. We are looking to add an app for smartphones, which will make this process even easier!

So who would use this?

  • anyone serious about getting and staying sober, and looking for another tool to achieve this.
  • rehabilitation centers who wish to improve their success rates and provide their patients with more effective relapse prevention plans.
  • outpatient, aftercare, and IOP programs who wish to have their patients monitored to improve their success rates.
  • anyone looking to reassure their employer or prospective employer my naming them as one of the contacts.
  • anyone looking to reassure their probation officer that they are serious about maintaining sobriety.
  • parents looking to keep a close eye on their minor child who has had issues with this.
  • divorcees who want to keep an eye on their ex-spouse for the purpose of custody agreements.
  • other professionals who haven’t had issues, but wish to establish a documented track record that they are drug-free in the event they are ever sued.
  • other professionals who haven’t had issues, but wish to establish a documented track record that they are drug-free in the event they are ever sued.
  • employers of people in high-risk professions for liability reasons. (ie-oil and gas industry, shipyards, automotive plants, tower climbers, etc.)

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Our Mission is to help others help themselves overcome their hang-ups

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