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Many people attempt to detox before they take a drug test. This can be done through a detox kit or a detox drink.

What Is a Detox Kit?

A detox kit is a kit that contains special pills or drinks that flush drugs from the system in order for a person to cheat a drug test. While most of the kits are legal, it is questionable whether or not they are effective in their claim of flushing drugs from the system. Tampering with drug test results by doing detox for a drug test, may be illegal, so check the law before you attempt to cheat a drug test.

Which Types of Detox Kits Are Available On The Market?

There are many different types of detox kits available for purchase:

●Detox drinks: These drinks claim to flush out toxins, including drug metabolites, from the body with varying reliability. 

●Detox pills/capsules: These pills and capsules often contain a combination of herbs, fibers, and other ingredients which claim to eliminate drug metabolites and toxins from the body.

●Hair detox kits: These are shampoos and conditioners which claim to aid in passing hair follicle drug tests, but their reliability can vary.

●Urine test additives: Some kits include additives or powders that mask or dilute drug metabolites in urine, aiming to pass urine drug tests. However, many drug testing labs know these tactics and have measures to detect such attempts.

●Detox teas: Herbal teas are marketed to aid in detoxification by promoting healthy digestion and metabolism. While some herbal teas may offer health benefits, their ability to specifically eliminate drug metabolites is uncertain.

●Natural detox: These programs often emphasize a combination of healthy eating, exercise, hydration, and sometimes saunas or other methods to promote the body's natural detoxification processes. They tend to be more grounded in science and may have some health benefits, but they might not provide rapid detoxification for drug metabolites.

●Abstinence: The most reliable way to detox from drugs is to abstain from drug use over time, allowing your body's natural detoxification processes to work. Most people need professional assistance, like Avenues Recovery's detox programs, to detox from drugs in a completely safe way.

What is a Drug Detox Drink?

A drug detox drink contains several herbs, fruits and vegetables and are often marketed as a way to help rid the body of toxins, specifically substances like drugs or alcohol. These drinks are typically promoted as a means to pass drug tests, particularly urine drug tests, by temporarily flushing out the traces of drugs from the system.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of these detox drinks is widely debated and often questionable. The science behind these products is often not well-supported, and their claims may not be backed by rigorous scientific evidence.

Detoxification, in a medical context, generally refers to the body's natural process of eliminating harmful substances through the liver, kidneys, and other organs. Consuming a specific type of drink cannot significantly accelerate this process. Moreover, substances like drugs can have complex interactions within the body, and a simple drink is unlikely to completely eliminate traces of these substances from the system quickly.

How Do Drug Detox Drinks Work?

Detox drinks work as a masking agent so that the drug metabolites in a person’s system won’t show up on a drug test. Drinking a lot of water is one way to flush the drug metabolites out of one’s system, but drinking water is not enough. Drug detox drinks contain a lot of diuretics which help a person urinate more frequently than usual, flushing out the drug metabolites in one’s system. Once the person has urinated a lot, there is a short time in which they may get a clean drug result when doing a urine test.

What Do Detox Drinks Contain?

Detox drinks contain main different ingredients:

●Vitamins and Minerals: Detox drinks often contain high doses of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, B, and electrolytes. These nutrients are believed to support the body's natural detoxification processes and help eliminate toxins.

●Herbal extracts: Many detox drinks contain herbal extracts with purported detoxifying properties. Some common herbs include dandelion root, milk thistle, burdock root, and turmeric. These herbs are thought to support liver function and promote detoxification.

●Fibre: Fibre-rich ingredients like psyllium husk or inulin are sometimes included in detox drinks. Fibre may aid in promoting bowel movements and eliminating waste products from the digestive system.

●Amino Acids: Certain amino acids, such as taurine and glutathione precursors, are sometimes added to detox drinks. These compounds are believed to assist the body in metabolizing and eliminating toxins.

●Natural Sweeteners and Flavorings: To improve taste and palatability, detox drinks often contain natural sweeteners like stevia and natural flavorings like fruit extracts.

●Electrolytes: Electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium are commonly included in detox drinks to help maintain fluid balance and support overall bodily functions.

●Water: Proper hydration is a key component of any detoxification process. Detox drinks typically contain a significant amount of water, which helps to dilute substances in the body and promote urine production.

What are Some Potential Side Effects of Drug Detox Drinks?

There are many physical side effects that may affect someone who has taken a detox drink: 

Stomach upset

● Allergic reactions

● Electrolyte imbalance

● Nausea and vomiting

● Blood sugar fluctuations

● Dehydration

Interactions with medications

● Laxative effect (causing diarrhea)

● Headache or dizziness


Do Detox Drinks Work?

No medical evidence shows that detox drinks can help someone pass a drug test. Drinking can help flush the system and clear the body of toxins before a urine test. However, drinking a detox drink is not usually enough to clear the system to get a negative urine test. There have been some reported cases in which they can cause harm including seizures and even psychosis.

Do Detox Kits Work?

To determine if detox kits work it is important to know that very little research has been done on this topic. The most success has been reported with drinks that mask THC levels. The instructions in the kits are not easily understood. This may have to do with legal reasons. While selling the tests is not illegal in the U.S., there may be legal issues with using a detox kit to mask drug levels before a drug test. There was even an instance of psychosis [1] induced by consuming some of the ingredients in a detox kit.

How Long Are Drugs Detectable In Your Body?


Substance Urine Detection Hair Detection
Marijuana 30 days - depends on severity of use Up to 90 days
Opioids 1 - 3 days Up to 90 days
Cocaine 1 - 3 days About 90 days
Benzodiazepines From 3 - 30 days Depends on severity of use
Alcohol 12 - 24 days About 90 days


Are There Any Home Remedies To Pass a Drug Test?

The most common home remedies advised for passing a drug test are drinking coffee or taking a cold shower when someone is highly intoxicated. Unfortunately, neither of these methods has proved effective to help pass a drug test. Also, if someone is overly drunk or drugged, putting them in a shower or giving them a lot of caffeine can be dangerous. 

Another home remedy often advised is to sleep it off, but this is also rarely helpful and can be harmful. If someone drank too much alcohol and is advised to sleep it off, it can be dangerous if they lie on their back because they can choke on their own vomit (aspiration), leading to death.

If a person is hospitalized due to an overdose, possible treatments include activated charcoal, stomach pumping, IV fluids and some antidote drugs. 

The best home remedy to pass a drug test is not to engage in drinking or drugs in the first place, or allow time to pass for the patient to get sober or for the drugs to pass through their system. 

While practicing abstinence to allow your body to detoxify naturally is highly recommended, doing so without professional help is tremendously difficult. Reach out to us at Avenues Recovery to hear about our specialized and highly successful detox program. Our eminently trained staff will empower you to achieve sobriety and absenteeism in a supportive and efficient environment. 


[1] ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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