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    What is a DWI Counseling Group?

    Posted on August 13, 2012 by

    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.

    Level Two: Short-Term Treatment Program

    As the result of your DWI 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 10 2-hour groups (Raleigh & Durham only) or 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 a Saturday morning session at our Raleigh facility that meets from 9:00 AM until 12:00PM. Our Durham and Raleigh locations provide two hour groups at low cost, meeting on Monday & Wednesday evenings.

    We will assist you in arranging a schedule that works best for you. State law requires one must complete the required number of hours for a short term in no less than 30 days.

    “I was brought to First Step Services, my attorney and the Orange County Courts for a DWI. I was driving under the influence and blew a .17, which is well over the legal level. When I came into First Step I did believe that 20 hrs. was over doing it because I am not a heavy drinker and I do take the blame for my mistake. Attending has changed my thought process. It changed my attitude about drinking and the behavior that come with it. I soon came to believe that maybe 20 hrs. was enough. I would normally take a drink at least once a weekend but being that I was advised to abstain for one charges for 30 days that weekend drinking came to a halt. I feel better about myself and body feel cleaned, so now that weekend drink will slow down. Also this program help me set obtainable goals. That a great thing I am normally a procrastinator now I am more pro-active than re-active.” Anonymous

    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 or 20 2-hour sessions and an individual closing session, spread out over at least 60 days. Groups meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 or 6:00 – 9:00 PM at our various facilities. A Saturday morning session meets in Raleigh 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.  Our 2 hour short & longer term treatment at our Raleigh & Durham locations are low priced.

    Level 4:  Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program

    90-hour Program, completed in no less than 90 days. Groups meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings 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. Our Raleigh location provides morning IOP programs.  The Raleigh location morning IOP meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Health insurance covers this service at all our locations.

    “I was initially sent to First Step for outpatient treatment after completing a 28 day program in October 2011 and again in March of 2015 after a DUI. I have always felt extremely comfortable with all the counselors and any treatment plans. I have been fortunate to have learned and developed several coping skills and have benefited from all of the time with groups in a few ways. Being able to find people with similar issues has been a huge plus and has helped me to realize that I am not the only person that has received help. Also, discussing the reasons for my individual issues has been a great stress relief and has taught me how to relate to others and deal with the problems at hard in other ways than relying on substances. I am aware of what I need to stay focused on sobriety and have developed skills for dealing with situations when temptation presents itself.” Anonymous

    I paid my fees and completed my program. Why can’t I get my drivers license restored?

    The number one reason for delays in getting drivers licenses restored is the client did not inform the assessing agency of the conviction date. DWI assessment & counseling agencies have no means of knowing when a case is resolved in court, whether conviction or dismissal. Until we are notified that the case has been resolved and the outcome date, a “508” form cannot be completed. The “508” form is the document the State of NC requires to process the paperwork allowing for restoration of driving records. The correct conviction date is absolutely required for the State of NC to release a drivers license for restoration. It is always up to the client to notify the DWI assessment agency of the conviction date or drivers licenses cannot be restored until that time.

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