Alcohol Abuse Treatment and Counseling: Beating Your DUI


A DUI is a serious matter. While first-time offenders may have better luck than repeat offenders, few people can afford to deal with the consequences of being arrested for driving under the influence. There are many different things that can come out because of being tried for a DUI. Continued alcohol and drug screening and counseling are often the result of such an arrest.


There are few states out there that fail to assign alcohol screening and counseling as a penalty for being convicted of a DUI. Such counseling and screening is also often mandated when the person pleas to a lesser charge, as alcohol abuse counseling is often used as part of a bargaining agreement. Each case varies, but alcohol screening and abuse counseling are used both as a deterrent from repeat offenses and as help for those who truly have a problem with alcohol and need the expertise.


Alcohol Screening


Alcohol screening is often a necessary part of the process. This is especially important for repeat offenders who need professional help with their drinking problem. During this process, the defendant is ordered not to drink and they are subjected to random alcohol screenings. If the screening comes up positive, the defendant runs the risk of being convicted of violating the terms of their probation. They may end up with a longer probationary period, higher fines, a jail sentence or some combination of the aforementioned.


Alcohol Abuse Treatment


Alcohol abuse treatment is another penalty often mandated for those involved in DUI cases. This type of treatment can be administered on an inpatient or an outpatient basis. During this treatment, medical help is often administered to help control addictions. Talk therapy is also used to help find out the underlying reasons why a person may be suffering from an addiction or from the destructive behavior often involved with drinking and driving.


Alcoholics Anonymous


Not everyone is subjected to inpatient or outpatient alcohol abuse treatment. Many people are sentenced to attend alcoholics anonymous, or AA classes, to help them stay sober. This involves locating and attending local Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on a regular basis, getting a sponsor, and going through the steps necessary to complete the program.


Alcohol abuse and screening are not always used as penalties for drunken driving arrests. Many people choose to attend these classes on their own following a conviction. Repeat offenders stand to be of the most benefit from involvement in such programs, as finding alternatives to drinking and finding other ways of coping with life's stresses as well as assistance in making better decisions.


There are penalties for failing to follow a court order to seek treatment. The consequences of failing to attend classes, treatment facilities or for coming up positive for alcohol use on a screening vary on a case-to-case basis. Many people may end up in jail, with a higher or additional charge or with an extended period of probation.


Cost of DUI Classes


Driving under the influence classes will set the offender back anywhere from $500-$2,000 depending on the state in which you reside and how many offenses you have on your record. For instance, a first time offender might only have to pay $500 for a course, which could last as long as nine months. A second time offender might have to pay $1,500 for the course, which could also last as long as nine months. A third time offender could pay as much as $2,000 for the course, which could last anywhere from nine months to one year. DUI offenders are required to take courses when ordered by a judge, or in some states, when the offender records a second or third offense.



By Richard Jacobs

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