Alcohol Treatment Options For DWI/DUI Offenders

working-together-alcohol-rehabIn most states, a DUI offender must attend an alcohol education course or treatment program before their license and driving privileges are restored back to them. This process is to ensure a person can adequately understand that they have a drinking problem and may need to figure out their issues with alcohol before being allowed to get back behind the wheel. Today, laws regarding alcohol evaluations and mandatory alcohol treatment are enforced in 45 states of the US after the first drunk driving incident.

There are numerous types of alcohol treatment programs available. Many are court ordered but often times if the person has a particular program in mind that would benefit them, it is certainly worth mentioning to the judge. Listed below are a few types of treatment options available to those who are court-ordered.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)/Support Programs  – One of the most popular court ordered program today, AA members must follow the 12 steps and attend weekly meetings that will help them overcome alcohol. This form of treatment is outpatient and the person does not need to leave their home to receive help. For many this can mean attending up to 7 meetings a week. AA has a self-reported success rate of 5%, although many members do drop out after the first month. For those who stay, AA is considered a lifelong recovery program for alcohol use.

Rehab and Treatment Centers – These inpatient centers are typically 28 to 30 days and the person must stay at the treatment center. All treatment centers offer an individual program but most follow 12 step programs, offering numerous therapy sessions throughout the day. Typically these rehabs will also suggest AA as a follow up program. Some of the programs can be in lock down, hospital-like settings. In some cases, patients will be unable to access the outside world or communicate with family and friends. This is not the case for all rehabs, as each one has their own set of rules.

Holistic Treatment Centers – Many holistic centers use a variety of natural approaches as a way of helping someone overcome alcohol. Types of holistic treatment can vary extremely from yoga, meditation, praying, to cleanses, talk therapy, or clean eating diets.

Non 12 Step Programs – Non 12 step programs, like the St. Jude Program, do not believe in the disease concept of addiction. Rather than use therapy, Non 12 step programs use an approach known as Cognitive Behavior Education that has guests focus on both social and educational course work to help them overcome alcohol.

For those that have been convicted of a DUI and believe they have made a mistake, St. Jude’s program is the perfect alternative solution. To find out more about this solution, visit

Whatever option a person chooses, the key to success is to stick with the program through completion.