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What is DUI or diversion court?

Many communities, including this one, have a special track in the legal system for people who violate the law with an alcohol related offense. The most common one we consider is drinking and driving/boating/snowmobiling, although some communities have drug diversion court tracks as well as those for alcohol offenses. Why do that? To help the problem drinker and to help the community.

Approximately 75% of the people in prison in the US acknowledge being involved in alcohol or drug use during the time leading up to their arrest. Punishment alone does not work. And why would we want to wait until something requiring prison occurs? Giving people a way to enter recovery, with the judge and probation officer watching the progress with great interest over quite a period of time, does indeed work. There is choice, but also clear consequences for lack of follow through with a treatment program. Amazingly, people who are court ordered to treatment do as well (many times better) than those entering treatment and recovery by other avenues.

Assessments are performed by interview, history, and contacts with some significant others. Some very experienced drug and alcohol professionals help determine if and what type of treatment option would provide the best outcome, and provide intensive outpatient treatment groups. We provide educational services that comply with the Department of Transportation and court system. Many other careers have special requirements for urinalysis and ongoing monitoring. There are professionals who help with this process after treatment has concluded. If you need medication assisted recovery, and some people do as alcohol affects nearly every aspect of brain function, there is help by various medications. It does not do the work, but sometimes allows enough help with cravings or anxiety that the person is able to engage more fully in treatment and recovery choices. Watch the WYNK flash videos to learn more.


by: Lois Cochrane Schlutter, Ph.D. L.P.



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