Posted on August 13, 2012 by Henry Tarkington
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, sometimes known as DWI Class. This can only be provided by programs that are licensed by the State of NC to provide ADETS. The ADETS curriculum is Prime for Life which is approved by the State of NC. The cost of ADETS is $160 for DWI clients, which is set by law in the state of NC. Non-DWI clients are allowed to attend ADETS/Prime For Life to meet court or other requirements, $185. ADETS is an education only program and is the only level that is considered a “class.” All other levels from short term and higher are treatment “groups.”
Level Two: Short-Term Treatment Program
As the result of your substance abuse assessment, you might be required to complete a Short-term Substance Abuse Treatment Program. You would be placed in this program in accordance with guidelines issued by the N.C. Department of Human Services, which regulates DWI assessments and treatment. All programs, whether private or public, must provide a minimum of 20 contact hours of treatment over a minimum of 30 days .
The First Step short-term program consists of a Program Orientation and seven 3-hour group counseling sessions spread out over no less than 30 days. These groups meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. See the pages for the individual branches for schedules. There is also a Saturday session at our Raleigh facility that meets from 9:00 AM until 12:00PM. We will assist you in arranging a schedule that works best for you. You must complete the required number of hours in no less than 30 days.
Level Three: Intermediate Level -Longer Term Treatment Program
As the result of your substance abuse assessment, you could be referred to an Intermediate-term Substance Abuse Treatment Program. You would be placed in this program in accordance with guidelines issued by the N.C. Department of Human Resources, which regulates DWI assessments and treatment. Level III consists of a Program Orientation and 14 3 -hour sessions and an individual closing session, spread out over at least 60 days. Groups meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 PM at our various facilities. A Saturday session meets from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.
We will assist you in arranging a schedule that works best for you. NC DWI law states you must complete the required number of hours in no less than 60 days. DWI statutes also require no less than weekly attendance.
If money is tight at this time, you might be able work out a payment plan and get your treatment hours out of the way. Payment can be made by check, cash, credit card or money order. All fees must be paid before your completion notice is sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Level 4: Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
90-hour Program, completed in no less than 90 days. Groups meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at out Six Forks Road facility in Raleigh. See the pages for each First Step facility for schedules. This schedule is subject to change according to need.
Intensive groups meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday nights from 6 – 9 PM at their respective locations. Durham and Raleigh each have morning IOP programs. Health insurance covers this service at all our locations. Health insurance will also usually pay a portion of cost of your DWI assessment, if you are enrolled in the 20/30, 40/60 or Intensive Outpatient Program.
First Step does everything possible to assist you with getting the counseling or treatment you need. If paying for treatment is a concern, we will assist with deductibles, co-pays, etc. There are no other upfront fees preventing you from getting into treatment. This includes both our in-person office visits and our online counseling services.
Our 3 hour groups are only $20/hour for people who do not have insurance! We provide 3-hour groups so you have fewer trips to the program compared to 1-1/2 or 2 hour groups. If you are considering a 1-1/2 to 2 hour group elsewhere, make sure you INQUIRE ABOUT THE COST PER HOUR rather than cost per group!