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    A Few Words about Treatment and Recovery.

    Posted on August 14, 2012 by Leave a comment

    A Few Words About Treatment and Recovery What is treatment? Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the substance user (alcohol and/or drugs), his/her family and friends and how to avoid returning to life problem... read more

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    What is a DWI Alcohol Class ?

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    ADETS: Alcohol/Drug Education Traffic School

    If you are assigned to an ADETS class as a result of your DWI assessment, you must complete 16 hours of alcohol, drug, & DWI education. This can only be provided by programs that are licensed to provi... read more

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    DWI Assessment

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by Leave a comment

    A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of everyone who is convicted of Driving While Impaired in the state of North Carolina. You can not receive a Limited Driving Privilege without a DWI Assessment. DWI and Substance Abuse assessments and groups can only be conducted by facilities licensed by... read more

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    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Research paper by Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
    Introduction This writer has been working in and around the addictions treatment field for almost 14 years. During the first 10 years of that time, 12-Step Facilitation and the Minnesota Model were... read more

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    How Alcohol and Drug Addiction Affects Family Members

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    The longer alcohol and drug abusers use their drugs of choice, the worse their lives become. Until they are firmly in recovery, this continues in a downward spiral until they end up in jail, insane, or dead. "Firmly" in recovery means working a program or attending counseling consistently with a lot... read more

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    Family and Couples Counseling

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Often families and friends are concerned about someone they love who uses alcohol and/or drugs. The person using drugs or alcohol may not be ready for recovery and the family may be at a loss as to how to handle the situation. Counseling can help the family learn new coping skills. This is often acc... read more

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    A DWI and Recovery True Story

    Posted on November 17, 2011 by Leave a comment

    I was Kicking and Screaming the whole way... A true story of a Problem Drinker and Drug Abuser.

    You can't help him until he wants to help himself. He is not ready to get clean and sober, the court ordered him to come. He is only doing this because he is on probation and is trying to avoid ... read more

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    What is treatment?

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse  is learning about chemical dependency, how it has affected the addict or alcoholic and his/her family and friends and how to avoid returning to using alcohol or drugs. Treatment is going through the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual changes that occur ... read more

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    NC DWI Offenses

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    In calculating a DWI offense in NC, driving records from all states in which a person has driven must be considered. Whether it is an NC DWI or DWI in another state, the prior DWI will be taken into consideration by the court or the DWI assessment agency. If a person receives a DWI in any other s... read more

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    NC DWI Process

    Posted on November 4, 2011 by Leave a comment

    What happens if someone gets a DWI in North Carolina? - A police officer can stop your car at license check points or if the officer notices you do something "suspicious" because the law states an officer must "encounter you during the lawful course of his duties." This leaves a pr... read more

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    Sign of Failure? The Relapse Process

    Sign of Failure? The Relapse Process

    People in recovery sometimes feel that relapse is a sign of failure or

    Book Corner: Books on Twelve Step Programs

    Book Corner: Books on Twelve Step Programs

    Recently it has been requested to research books and post suggestions in the Book Corner that are

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