This standardized program is 32 hours in length and is designed for multiple DWI offenders and/or others who have alcohol/drug related problems for which the first offender program was not designed to address. The program purpose is to intervene in the alcohol/drug abusing lifestyles of the offenders in order to encourage entry into treatment where indicated as well as to prevent further substance abuse related problems. Specific course topics include lifestyle issues, values, self-esteem, positive thinking vs. irrational beliefs, responsibility, physiological/psychological effects of drugs, alcoholism, chemical dependency, how drug abuse affects family members, co-dependency, Al-Anon, treatment options, 12-step Self-Help Groups, peer pressure, relapse prevention, problem solving and action planning.
This class is open to the public but generally includes participants who have been placed on probation and court ordered to the program due to a second or subsequent DWI conviction. However, this class may also be used as a sanction appropriate to offenders with an extensive history of alcohol abuse.
The McLennan County CSCD charges $300 for this class. In order to qualify for enrollment, a participant must pay a minimum of $150 towards that amount; however, the full amount must be paid before the eleventh (11th) class session in order to complete the program. Once eligible for enrollment, the participant must complete an enrollment packet which includes a Personal Data Form, Screening, Class Agreement, and a Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory. This packet is available at the reception desk. Due to parameters of class size, the participant will be advised that he/she will receive a letter in the mail which stipulates the date and time of the first class session. Thereafter, the instructor will provide a complete schedule of sessions to the participant. For this program there are fifteen (15) class sessions from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. as well as three (3) individual sessions. In order to complete the program, a participant must complete all of the class expectations and may only miss two (2) class sessions, which require make-up sessions arranged through the instructor. The participant may be charged an additional $15.00 per make-up session. Any third (3rd) absence will result in the participant being dropped from class; after which, the participant will be required to pay a $150 re-enrollment fee (unless waived by the program administrator) before he/she can be re-registered for the next available class. A Certificate of Completion shall be issued upon successful completion. A duplicate certificate of completion may be issued to replace a lost one at the cost of $5.00.