Anxiety About Drug Tests (Not Because Of Drug Use)

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Jessica A-M's Comment
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As I start preparing to go into this industry, I am getting my ducks in a row and such but, I get very anxious over one thing that can really affect your record. The urinary drug test. I know I won't have a problem passing the urinary or hair drug test. My anxiety comes from having to be watched taking it. Is this a thing? I took one urinary drug test a few years ago and the tester had to watch me do it. It took 5 hours and a gallon of water and she eventually said she was going to turn around for 30 seconds and it was instant after that. I know it sounds so minor but, this is a major source of anxiety for me. So, I'd like to hear your experiences on it please and thank you.

Daniel's Comment
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CRST did not visually observe us. Closed door bathroom. Emptied pockets, no jackets, inside out pockets. Walked into the bathroom. Stepped 2ft out. Signed & dated the bottles, and that was it.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Jessica, you're going to be closely watched and constantly monitored with everything you do the first few months in trucking. From that point on you'll be closely watched and monitored with just about everything you do in trucking. So be prepared for that.

Yes, what you're referring to is a thing to some people. My advice would be to learn to accept and even laugh at your own humanity a little bit. No reason to be anxious. You're no different than the rest of us. Examine your fears more closely and you'll likely find that familiarity with something will dissolve those fears.

From now on, every time you use the restroom picture someone standing there watching. Practice it. Try to find ways to make it seem silly like telling jokes back and forth. Pretend the person watching actually shares the same fears as you and begin relating your experiences to each other.

Phobias often go away with close examination and familiarity. For instance, people who are terrified of spiders can get over it by studying spiders a bit and then handling them regularly. Before you know it you understand them, you get used to looking at them and having them around you, and your fears dissolve. They simply become like any other animal......no big deal.

I used to own a tree service and I did the climbing. I spent the entire day hanging by a rope as wide as your index finger, normally 30-70 feet off the ground. At any given time one minor oversight might leave me splattered on the ground. In the beginning I was terrified of the heights and afraid to rely on my safety equipment, even though it was the best money could buy. But every day I pushed myself to get a little better and get used to the heights and the equipment. Slowly over a period of time I became used to it all. It wasn't long before I could hang 70 feet off the ground and actually take a short nap or spend the afternoon exchanging jokes and stories with the onlookers on the ground. It was super hard work but I was able to have a lot of fun with it and my fear of heights completely dissolved. I was so used to seeing the world from 50+ feet in the air that it just became my normal routine. Just another day hanging from a tree.

Use the same technique to dissolve your fears of anything. Become familiar with it. Embrace it. Make it part of your normal routine. Before you know it the fears will dissolve away and you'll have trouble remembering what you were so concerned about in the first place.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jay R. R2-Detour 's Comment
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CRST did not visually observe us. Closed door bathroom. Emptied pockets, no jackets, inside out pockets. Walked into the bathroom. Stepped 2ft out. Signed & dated the bottles, and that was it.

Same thing at Celadon

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jessica, there is no requirement that someone watch you produce a specimen. There are situations where watching is required, but for a regular, "every day" sample, you have some privacy.

CFR §40.63 (d) Direct the employee to go into the room used for urination, provide a specimen of at least 45 mL, not flush the toilet, and return to you with the specimen as soon as the employee has completed the void.

(Gee, legal language is just so .... dry!)

Jopa's Comment
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Jessica, there is no requirement that someone watch you produce a specimen. There are situations where watching is required, but for a regular, "every day" sample, you have some privacy.

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CFR §40.63 (d) Direct the employee to go into the room used for urination, provide a specimen of at least 45 mL, not flush the toilet, and return to you with the specimen as soon as the employee has completed the void.

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(Gee, legal language is just so .... dry!)

YES! You must have been in a "high security" situation to have someone "watch" you produce a specimen or else you just encountered a "pervert" who abused their authority ... no trucking company (or DOT approved doctor's office) is going to require someone to observe you urinating into a cup so don't let that worry you for a second ... now, there are lots of other things that may cause you anxiety but bring them to the forum and get your questions answered before you stress yourself out ...

Jopa

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Well, high security not so much. I was starting work for Wal-Mart! Haha. Thank you all for your information.

As far as getting over the anxiety, it's not something I've been able to conquer and it's been like this the entirety of my life. I'm a private person when it comes to the bathroom and having someone openly stare at my crotch is just way above my comfort level.

Large Marge's Comment
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Well, high security not so much. I was starting work for Wal-Mart! Haha. Thank you all for your information.

As far as getting over the anxiety, it's not something I've been able to conquer and it's been like this the entirety of my life. I'm a private person when it comes to the bathroom and having someone openly stare at my crotch is just way above my comfort level.

The Knight terminal I tested at didn't watch me. I had privacy.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Like everyone else has mentioned, don't stress over it.

I wasn't watched on any of my trips to the wee collector.

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I feel a lot better now.

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