DUI Arrest: Often a Sign That Treatment Is Needed

The laws governing driving under the influence in California have evolved in recent years. While the “official” legal threshold for being charged with a DUI has remained driving with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or higher, the laws have become much more stringent with regard to the punishments.

Sometimes accidents can be blamed on alcohol when the BAC is lower than .08%. There is a general rule that a DUI that causes an accident will be charged as a felony.

DUIs are Not Just for Alcohol Anymore

Increasingly, prescription drugs are the cause of DUIs. With the legalization of marijuana, it is expected that people are driving impaired under the influence of that drug as well. The tests for both of these substances are less straightforward than for alcohol which is a very routine blood or breath test

DUI Assessments and Substance Abuse Evaluation

In many cases, if a person has been charged with a DUI, he/she will be required to undergo a DUI assessment or substance abuse evaluation. Call our treatment center today (or use the chat function on this page or form in this site) to get help completing a DUI Assessment. Our team is standing by to help.

A comprehensive substance abuse evaluation:

  • assesses how substance use affects your life
  • determines if you have a drug or alcohol use disorder
  • assesses the severity of the substance use disorder
  • determines if there are any co-occurring conditions (like anxiety or trauma)
  • allows the treatment team to establish a baseline and build a treatment plan for your needs and recovery

A court-ordered DUI Assessment typically consists of a detailed interview with a certified treatment provider. The provider may review the person’s substance abuse and criminal history, driving record, and the arrest report. Sometimes the person is required to provide a drug and alcohol urinalysis screening as well.

Based on the interview, supporting documents, and results of the urinalysis, the treatment provider will typically make a recommendation for a specific treatment program.

Treatment May not Be Required, but Change is Necessary

Just because someone has been charged with a DUI, it doesn’t mean they have an alcohol or substance use disorder. But the dangerous behavior must be addressed for the safety of that person and others.

Deadly DUI Statistics

About 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involves an impaired driver. In California, there are over 10,000 deaths caused by impaired drivers between 2003 in 2012.

If someone makes the decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they are endangering lives, and they need to stop this behavior before someone gets hurt.

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Present Moments Recovery has earned it’s stellar reputation by offering the latest in inpatient evidence-based treatment  through a client-centered and personalized approach.

Our goal is to provide you with a recovery drug rehab experience that is of course unforgettable, but more importantly imparts to you the tools needed to navigate  your life in a positive and constructive manner, free of drugs or alcohol.

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Our unique and serene setting for our clients helps them to be inspired and comfortable as they are guided through the therapeutic processes and activities that will heal the underlying issues that exacerbated their drinking or drug use.

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Our clinical staff will use whatever tools are available to assist our client’s recovery and this includes a wide variety of evidence-based therapeutic activities and processes that will address core underlying issues that contribute to the substance use disorder.

When these underlying issues are addressed, it is easier for our clients to achieve long-term recovery.

Our clinical director will continuously monitor your progress and adjust the blend of groups and activities as your recovery progresses.  Our medical director can continue prescribing your existing medications and (when appropriate) write a prescription for MAT medications like Suboxone or Vivitrol to help you manage cravings and discomfort during early sobriety. Our clinical staff can manage the dispensation of the medication at the assigned times.

It’s very helpful to have all clinical parts of the recovery support team in communication with each other like they are at Present Moments. Dr. Milgram will be in charge of both the prescribing of the medications, monitoring your progress, and managing your personalized treatment regimen. This way, the treatment is holistic and truly supportive in nature.

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Our treatment program has achieved national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for all of our programs.

CARF found that Present Moments Recovery demonstrated the following strengths:

“The organization is recognized across the San Diego area and is well respected in the community. It offers an impressive variety of programs/services, including detoxification/withdrawal management, intensive outpatient treatment, ambulatory detoxification, outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, and community housing (which offers a sober living environment to clients). Services are provided
in a warm, welcoming environment that is free of judgment and shame.

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