DWI Treatment

DWI Assessments

Substance Abuse Education and Group Counseling

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Serenity Services/Impact Carolina Services, Inc

is fully licensed by NC DWI Services and will assist you with your assessment in a professional, confidential and timely manner.  Don’t be misled by mailed or other notices that say you must go to any particular agency for a DWI assessment.  You can choose ANY licensed NC DWI agency you like.  We can assure you that you would not be wrong should you choose to come to us for services. According to North Carolina DWI laws, if you are convicted of DWI you are required to obtain a clinical substance abuse assessment and complete an education class or substance abuse treatment. The assessment determines whether you will be recommended to complete a substance abuse education class (ADETS) or a treatment program (usually outpatient). The assessment and subsequent recommendation requirements must be completed by an agency licensed to provide those services to DWI clients before NCDMV will reinstate your driver’s license at the end of your license revocation period.

Technically, you are not required to get an assessment or start recommended services until after a conviction. Nevertheless, it can be to your advantage to voluntarily initiate the process as soon as possible after an arrest. In my experience, many attorneys recommend their clients proceed with the assessment process before going to court for the following reasons.

Upon a DWI arrest, your license is revoked for thirty days. However, after ten days, you may be eligible to request limited driving privileges for the remainder of the thirty day period, IF YOU HAVE OBTAINED YOUR DWI ASSESSMENT.  Upon conviction, your license will be revoked for at least one year and you may not be granted post-trial limited driving privileges unless and/or until you have obtained the assessment.  In some cases, initiating the assessment-recommendation process before being ordered by the court to do so, can be a “mitigating” factor, and may lessen the judgment against you. At a minimum, it suggests to the court that you are dealing responsibly with the situation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: the results of a clinical assessment and recommendation cannot be used as evidence to prove guilt or innocence for the DWI charge. It is only used to provide a sentencing/intervention alternative (ADETS or treatment program) to the court if you are convicted of the charge on other grounds.

An assessment takes about 1.5 hrs. It includes completing a standardized assessment instrument, a personal history, and clinical interview. Please be prepared to provide the following documentation: your BAC level or refusal, and the DWI citation (attorneys can fax us these documents). You may also be required to provide driving records from other states if you are a relatively recent NC resident.

The need for expediting your DWI Assessment

  • In NC, a DWI assessment is required prior to receiving a Limited Driving Privilege.
  • Shorten the period of time you can’t drive during your “Civil Revocation.”
  • Complete the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles DWI Assessment and Education, Counseling and/or treatment requirements.
  • A DWI Assessment is a mitigating factor during your trial and can reduce the level of punishment, possibly helping avoid active jail time.
  • Know in advance where you stand with your DWI Substance Abuse requirements.

Allow at least 90 minutes for the DWI assessment when you schedule your appointment. You need your citation, lifetime driving record (we can assist with that) and the printout of your breath/blood test. This will help you leave the assessment with all the paperwork you need for your attorney, court or the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.

If you live in another state and received an NC DWI, we can help you with your assessment and classes or counseling without you having to return to North Carolina. With our help, you can meet all requirements by receiving services in the area in which you live.

Scheduling a DWI Assessment

Call our office between 8-5, M-F to schedule an assessment:

  • 704-338-1155

The assessment will take 60-90 minutes to complete.

The DWI Assessment Process

  • The NC State mandated cost for a DWI assessment is $100.
  • A counselor will meet with you in a one-on-one session for an interview which will help the counselor to determine if you have a substance abuse handicap and the severity if any.
  • You will complete a standardized assessment instrument, in this case the SASSI or the ASI-MV, the results of which will assist the counselor in determining the proper level of education or treatment for you.
  • A complete NC Driving History must be considered.  If you do not have one, we can assist you in acquiring one.  The State of NC charges $8 for that form.
  • Your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) or your charge of refusal will be considered.
  • Following your assessment, the counselor will discuss his findings and his recommendations with you.
  • With a signed consent-to-release, the counselor will provide a written report to your attorney, probation officer, or anyone to whom you may want us to send your information.
  • A 508 with assessment results and treatment recommendations will be filed with the State of NC.  The 508 is the official document required by the NC DMV.  When a 508-R Form is submitted on your behalf, it’s a statement of confirmation by a NC licensed DWI agency that the program you completed was properly licensed and that it met or exceeded the NC guidelines that govern DWI programs.

Serenity DWI is fully licensed by NC DWI Services and will assist you with your assessment in a professional, confidential and timely manner.  First Step will often complete an assessment the day you call to request an appointment.

Why Get Your DWI Assessment Done as Soon as Possible?

  • In NC, a DWI assessment is required prior to receiving a Limited Driving Privilege.
  • Shorten the period of time you can’t drive during your “Civil Revocation.”
  • Complete the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles DWI Assessment and Education, Counseling and/or treatment requirements.

A DWI Assessment is a Mitigating Factor during your trial and can reduce the level of punishment, possibly helping avoid active jail time.

Allow at least 90 minutes for the DWI assessment when you schedule your appointment. If you have your lifetime driving record (we can assist with that) and the printout of your breath/blood test, you can leave the assessment with all the paperwork you need for your attorney, court or the NC Division of Motor Vehicles.

If you live in another state and received an NC DWI, First Step can help you with your assessment and classes or counseling without you having to return to North Carolina. With our help, you can meet all requirements by receiving services in the area in which you live.

Know in advance where you stand with your DWI Substance Abuse requirements.If you have your DWI Assessment at Serenity DWI, we will bill your insurance for any counseling that may be required. Many insurance companies allow for billing the substance abuse assessment, if the client enters the program at First Step counseling groups. The $100 fee must be paid at the time of the assessment, but if we are reimbursed, the amount paid by the insurance company will be applied to group co-pays.  Choose First Step Services and save.Don’t be misled by mailed or other notices that say you must go to any particular agency for a DWI assessment.  You can choose ANY licensed NC DWI agency you like.A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is an alcohol abuse and drug abuse assessment consisting of an interview by a Licensed or Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and a structured assessment questionnaire to determine if a person has a problem with alcohol or drugs. There are a few different assessment types that are used by different NC DWI programs.Possible outcomes of the DWI assessment are alcohol or drug dependence, alcohol or drug abuse, or no alcohol or drug “handicap.” The DWI assessment and related paperwork take approximately one and a half hours.

  • Alcohol Drug Education Traffic School (ADETS)

ADETS is a 16 hour educational program designed for those who do not have a substance abuse handicap, have not been convicted or a previous DWI in their lifetime, whose BAC was less than .15, and who were not charged with refusal.  The NC State mandated cost of ADETS is $160.

  • Short-Term Outpatient Treatment

Short-Term Treatment is a minimum of 20 hours of education and group therapy designed for those with an abuse diagnosis or who were charged with refusal.  Short-term groups meet in the morning or evening, twice weekly.  Clients are encouraged to attend no less than four support group meetings, such as AA or NA.  Payment is requested before treatment completion.

  • Long-Term Outpatient Treatment

Long-Term Treatment is a minimum of 40 hours of psych-education and group therapy and is designed for those who are in the early stages of substance dependence.  Long-Term groups meet twice weekly, in either the morning or the evening.  Clients are strongly urged to attend no less than weekly support group meetings, such as AA or NA.  Payment is requested before treatment completion.

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 the state of North Carolina to meet requirements to restore your drivers license.

The cost of all NC DWI Assessments is $100. The $100 fee is established by the Legislature of the State of NC. No agency in the state of NC is ever allowed by law to charge more or less than the lawful $100 fee. This fee is to be collected at the time of the assessment. serenitypic1Agencies have no choice or say-so in this matter.