Footprints to Recovery to offer DUI risk education

November 14 00:45 2019

In Illinois, a DUI (driving under the influence) offense covers all types of impaired driving, from driving drunk to driving while under the influence of drugs (whether prescribed, abused, or illegal). If your blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, you are legally drunk and it is illegal for you to drive. However, if you are driving with a BAC between 0.05% and 0.08%, you may still be cited for a DUI if your behavior suggests you are impaired. This is at the discretion of the officer citing you. Even with a BAC below the legal limit, you are still far more likely to be involved in a fatal accident than if you didn’t consume any alcohol.

If you are cited for the above offenses and referred to FTR by the criminal justice system, you will complete an assessment to determine risk level and classification. The results help determine treatment planning. DUI risk education takes place in a group setting with small groups. The focus of the drug risk education group is mainly placed on the legal ramifications of a DUI arrest, the influence of alcohol and drugs on the family and the body, information on drugs and alcohol and its effect both on physical health, mental health, and family. The goals of DUI risk education classes is to educate the offender and decrease the probability of another DUI offense.

Why it’s important…

Change is hard. Often times, we lack insight to see that change is needed. When our actions begin to harm others and/or put others at risk, the criminal justice system may step in. The justice system refers persons who are struggling in this area to receive assessments and some form of treatment to potentially reduce the chances of the continued destructive behaviors. Competent healthcare providers and treatment is important in increasing insight, learning ways to change and increasing the chances for success. At FTR, a licensed and DUI certified clinician will provide an assessment to determine the level of intensity needed for treatment

Although some DUI offenders may be low to moderate risk and see success with education, some DUI offender are not only high risk but also high need. This means that not only has the threat of punishment failed to make a dent in their behavior, but they may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. Interventions proven to work for this population blend treatment with supervision in a closely-knit, multidisciplinary program.

Where it’s offered?

Beginning 11/1, we will be offering DUI assessments at the Arlington Heights facility from 4:30 – 9:00 PM with our last assessment at 7 PM. Assessments take approximately 2 hours. When arriving to their assessments, the person being assessed must bring all required court documents in order to complete their assessment. The goal is to begin Basic Education groups on Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM beginning 11/1. This is partially dependent on how many assessments we can set-up prior to start date so that we have more than one person in the group. Ultimate goal is to begin offering services on Tuesdays as well with the same set-up as Thursdays.

Assessments can be paid for with cash, check, and/or credit card (with fees). Price list will be forthcoming. If higher levels of care are required, we offer OP and IOP at the AH facility to accommodate this. We have convenient AM and PM hours. PM hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 – 9 PM.

Dr. Stacy Lott, PsyD CADC
Regional Director of Operations – Footprints to Recovery
3265 N Arlington Heights Rd
Suite 303
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
[email protected]

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Company Name: Footprints to Recovery
Contact Person: Dr. Stacy Lott CADC
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Phone: 855-628-2899
Address:3265 N Arlington Heights Rd Suite 303
City: Arlington Heights
State: Illinois
Country: United States