DUI Evaluations and Treatment

One of the most difficult parts of addiction is admitting that there is a problem in the first place - this is where a DUI evaluation and treatment program come in. We are committed to helping those struggling with alcoholism recognize the signs and symptoms of addiction, get on the path to recovery, and develop the skills necessary to stay sober.

Being convicted of a DUI can be a scary, stressful experience but you don"t have to go through it alone. If you have been convicted of a DUI and need a DUI evaluation, we are here to help. Our counselors know how to recognize the problematic behaviors associated with alcohol abuse and addiction. Since it can be difficult to recognize this on your own, a DUI assessment may be the best step you can take toward determining the difference between addiction and enjoyment. Through our DUI assessment, we can help you identify whether or not there is a problem, the extent of the problem, and the best way to go about treating it.

If we do find that you are struggling with a substance abuse disorder, our work does not stop there. Instead, we are equally committed to helping you treat and work through your alcoholism so that something as scary as a DUI conviction never happens again. With this in mind, we include those who need treatment for a DUI or alcoholism in our intensive outpatient program. This program helps those struggling with addiction not only work through the consequences of their alcoholism, but also figure out how to manage it moving forward. With this perspective in mind, The Evergreen offers the following services:

  • Assessment and testing for signs and symptoms of alcoholism
  • DUI evaluations, as mandated by Washington State
  • Alcoholism treatment
  • Intensive outpatient programs for addiction and alcoholism treatment
  • Support groups for overcoming alcoholism
  • One-on-one counseling for overcoming alcoholism
  • Resources for understanding alcohol addiction
  • Modern, comfortable treatment facilities in Bellevue, WA

DUI Evaluation at The Evergreen

One of the services offered at our treatment facility is a DUI evaluation. This is one of the first steps toward determining if you need addiction treatment following a DUI conviction.

In Washington State, a DUI conviction is often followed by a court-ordered DUI evaluation. Our mission with this service is to engage you with honest questions and answers about your drinking habits. This will not only help the court decide if treatment and alcohol education is a necessary consequence of a DUI, but it will also help you be honest with yourself about your potential for alcohol abuse.

Undergoing a DUI evaluation may seem like a stressful experience, but our counselors are committed to making it as straightforward and as helpful as possible. As part of the evaluation, we will need a copy of your driving record, criminal history, and the officer"s arrest report. This will help us understand the entire picture and make the right recommendations for you. The exact evaluation process will look different for each individual case, but some of the questions that our counselors ask during the course of the evaluation include the following:

  • Do you feel that you drink a normal amount?
  • Does anyone close to you ever express concern about your drinking?
  • Can you stop drinking after just a couple of drinks?
  • Do you feel guilty about your drinking habits?
  • Have you ever attended an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting?
  • Have you ever experienced personal or professional problems as a result of your drinking?
  • Have you ever been arrested before for a DUI?

We"ll be honest: being convicted of a DUI reflects a very poor decision made on the day of the arrest. However, this alone is not necessarily a sign of a substance use disorder. In order to assess whether or not alcoholism is an issue for those being evaluated, counselors at The Evergreen utilize the signs of alcoholism outlined by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. These include:

  • Ongoing neglect of family, work and personal responsibilities
  • Regularly using alcohol to relax, sleep, manage problems, feel normal, or cheer up
  • Withdrawal symptoms (i.e. anxiety or insomnia) when the drinking stops
  • Continually drinking alone, in the mornings, or secretively
  • A loss of control over drinking habits
  • Neglecting other activities in favor of drinking
  • Taking increasing risks
  • Building up a tolerance to the effects of alcohol
  • Continuing to abuse alcohol despite negative consequences, including a DUI conviction

Determining the prevalence of these signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency is at the core of our DUI evaluation process. We want to work with you in determining how alcohol abuse has affected your life and the lives of others, and then help you get on the path toward sobriety and recovery.

Depending on the outcome of the DUI evaluation, you may decide to get treatment for alcoholism and addiction. Our treatment center can provide you with the help you need to overcome your dependency and the negative consequences that it brings. If you are interested in getting this treatment, you can find out more about our intensive outpatient program for alcoholism treatment below.

DUI Treatment Through Our Intensive Outpatient Program

If you have been convicted of a DUI, this most likely means that you have lost control of your drinking habits and become dependent on or even addicted to alcohol. The Evergreen is here to help with that.

We address treatment for a DUI in the same way we treat all cases of alcohol and drug addiction. Participants in our DUI treatment program will be integrated with our intensive outpatient program (IOP). Outpatient treatment is a form of rehab that delivers the same behavioral therapy and holistic treatment that makes inpatient therapy successful. The main difference is that you are able to live at home, maintaining your day-to-day life during treatment.

What can I expect from The Evergreen"s DUI Treatment?

The overarching goal of our intensive outpatient program is the same as any other form of treatment: not only to overcome alcoholism and ensure responsible habits, but also to help you get well on your way to living an alcohol-free life. You can expect to take all of the following steps when receiving DUI treatment through our intensive outpatient program:

  • Detox from alcohol addiction in a safe, supportive environment
  • Find the support necessary to maintain sobriety
  • Get the help you need for overcoming alcoholism
  • Maintain a sense of normalcy and commitment to everyday responsibilities during treatment
  • Develop the skills and coping strategies to overcome triggers for alcohol use

All of these components are necessary steps to a successful treatment program, and The Evergreen focuses on all of them to ensure effective DUI treatment for all of our clients. Our IOP supports clients from detox all the way through when they have finished treatment and are ready to responsibly drive again. Besides the necessary steps outlined above, you can expect that The Evergreen will remain committed to offering you the following features throughout the duration of your program participation:

  • High quality alcohol detox and treatment in the Bellevue, WA area
  • Individualized treatment for alcoholism with your needs and strengths considered
  • A wide variety of therapy approaches to overcome the effects of your DUI
  • A treatment program based on empirical evidence
  • Comfortable treatment and therapy sessions in a brand-new, modern and inviting facility
  • A holistic approach to alcohol treatment in Washington
  • A commitment to providing high-quality alcohol education, including its detrimental effects and the triggers for drinking

How Does DUI Treatment Work at The Evergreen?

The first step toward DUI treatment is a DUI evaluation. At our treatment facility, we approved by the department of social and health services to conduct a diagnostic evaluation as ordered by the court. If you have received a DUI and the court has ordered a DUI evaluation, The Evergreen can help you start the evaluation and treatment process.

Based on the initial evaluation, our counselors will recommend a course of treatment given your personal and unique situation. In most cases, this will be treatment through our intensive outpatient program. Our IOP for alcohol addiction treatment consists of the following elements:

  • One-on-one counseling sessions
  • Group support and therapy sessions
  • Skill building activities
  • Family-focused therapy sessions
  • A focus on 12-step recovery

Our IOP typically lasts for around twelve weeks, or three months. During the program, clients will attend several sessions each week for a total of nine hours of treatment. Each session will have a different focus, bringing participants from initially processing the consequences of their DUI conviction to developing the coping skills necessary for avoiding alcoholic triggers in the future.

The focus of treatment at our center is on cognitive behavioral therapy, which is designed to help you recognize and then cope with the situations that cause you to drink. This therapy approach also helps participants work through the negative impact that their drinking and DUI have had on their personal and professional lives. Ultimately, the goal of our program is to not only address the immediate concern of the DUI, but also to overcome dependency on alcohol altogether. Using the cognitive behavioral therapy approach, along with the 12-step philosophy of recovery, The Evergreen helps program participants go beyond the consequences of a DUI conviction and the next steps of a DUI evaluation by providing:

  • Opportunities for participants to communicate their struggles and victories
  • A sense of community in our on-going group meetings
  • Structured feedback and accountability for those looking to completely overcome alcoholism
  • A means to develop new skills and coping mechanisms for dealing with alcoholism and avoiding a DUI in the future
  • An individualized treatment program, with both one-on-one mentorship and counseling available in all of our IOPs

In some cases, alcohol detox is a necessary part of DUI treatment. Alcohol detox is about completely ridding your body of the tolerance to toxins that it has built up over time. This tolerance creates chemically-induced impulses, which manifest as alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms are anxiety, nausea, irritability, agitation, tremors, and even seizures in extreme cases. If you are showing signs of alcohol withdrawal, a detox program is necessary for managing the symptoms when they are strongest. Everyone who struggles with alcoholism has a different story to tell however, at least 50% of people who suffer from alcoholism experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit. If you have had a DUI, it is likely that you are unable to manage your drinking behaviors on your own. This is exactly what detox is available for, along with our entire treatment program.

Common Questions About DUI Assessments & Treatment

Getting the treatment you need for alcoholism after a DUI conviction can be an intense prospect. Many people do not know where to begin, even if they want to reach out for treatment and help.

We are here to help you through this process and give you the best information possible regarding DUI evaluations and treatment for alcoholism. We address some of the most common questions about DUI evaluations and treatment below. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to reach out and contact us today. We will be glad to respond to any questions that you have regarding our DUI evaluations and treatment services.

What are the legal requirements for DUI evaluations in Washington State?

The Evergreen serves those in the Bellevue, WA area and is therefore subject to Washington State law. According to this law, 'A person subject to alcohol assessment and treatment shall be required by the court to complete a course in an alcohol information school... or complete more intensive treatment in a substance use disorder treatment program approved by the department of social and health services.' The Evergreen meets these standards, and our treatment facility is approved to provide both treatment and evaluation in DUI cases. We are not publically funded, so people do not enter our program by court order. However, we open our doors to those who have been convicted of a DUI and want additional help.

What are my options for DUI treatment?

After your initial DUI evaluation, our counselors will recommend you to our intensive outpatient program (IOP). This is the only option we offer for DUI treatment, but it is a holistic one. While we do not have a program specifically for DUI treatment, our IOP is tailored to the needs and experiences of each and every participant, so you will be receiving exactly what you need.

What is the difference between DUI classes and treatment?

In some cases, the court will require the completion of DUI classes or an education program after a DUI conviction. While we are committed to helping program participants understand alcoholism and its effects, we are not an alcohol education program. But what is the difference?

DUI classes focus on the behaviors and dangers associated with alcohol abuse, particularly in reference to driving. In contrast, our IOP treatment focuses on the underlying issues of alcohol addiction and substance use disorders. In a phrase, DUI treatment goes deeper than DUI classes, helping participants not only recognize problematic behaviors but also develop the coping skills to overcome addiction altogether.

Will my identity be protected at The Evergreen?

We are a HIPAA compliant facility; under no circumstances will your involvement with the facility or your personal information be released to family, friends or outside agencies.

What is the cost of a DUI evaluation and DUI treatment?

The cost of both alcohol assessments and subsequent treatment will vary depending on your individual circumstances. To get a better idea of the cost associated with our services, feel free to reach out to us today.

Do you accept insurance for payment?

Yes we accept payment from multiple insurance companies in Washington. Many of our clients get the treatment they need without any out of pocket expenses, while others need only cover their deductible. While you will most likely need to pay for the DUI evaluation out of pocket, most of the cost associated with DUI treatment can be covered by insurance.

Getting Help After a DUI Conviction in Washington State

Whether you have been convicted of a DUI and need evaluation, or are uncertain whether or not alcoholism is an issue for you and would like assessment, we are here to help. From the first steps of evaluation to completing the last step of the recovery process, our staff is committed to providing the best alcohol rehab in Washington State.

If you find that you are ready to take the first step toward recovery, contact us today. Even if you are unsure about where you stand, we encourage you to reach out anyway. We can help you get the information you need regarding alcoholism, rehab, and how to deal with a DUI evaluation and subsequent treatment.