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Eradicate Repeat DUI Offenses Once and For All

Why do some commit more DUI offenses than others?

In a study examining the relationship between repeat “driving under the influence” (DUI) offenders and other first-time offenders, the results revealed that the repeat offenders were diagnosed with comorbid disorders whereas the others were not (Nelson, Belkin,LaPlante, Bosworth & Shaffer, 2015). The researchers also found that drivers with psychiatric comorbidity were more likely to re-offend, not just with DUI offenses but other crimes as well (Nelson et al., 2015).

How bad is the problem?

Here are some “Fast Facts” from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) about “driving while intoxicated” (DWI), or DUI, drivers:

• Although California’s DUI offenders represent less than 1% of California’s total drivers,
they are “highly over-involved” in crashes
• Repeat DUI offenders are up to 47% more likely to commit DWI offenses within five
(5) years than first-time offenders
• DWI drivers are involved in 24% of California’s fatal DUI crashes and 63% of DUI-related
injury crashes

What does this mean for you?

Do you have a loved one who has recently been charged with more than one DUI offense within a short amount of time?

Effective, evidence-based addiction treatment modalities such as those at New Method Wellness will help your loved ones achieve lifelong, meaningful recovery while eradicating recidivism once and for all.

What can dual diagnosis treatment do for me?

Dual diagnosis” is a term used in reference to treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. Treatment programs with high success rates integrate clinical and evidence-based methods with holistic therapy, thereby treating the whole person, not just the symptoms of substance use disorders. A licensed addiction therapist will develop a customized medical detoxification treatment plan for each client after he or she has assessed the client’s symptoms, drug(s) of choice, and the severity of the substance use disorder. Medical detoxification treats withdrawal symptoms associated with addiction to substances like opioids, alcohol, inhalants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs. Treating the mind, body, and spirit of a person has positive long-ranging successful outcomes than detoxification alone.

Evidence-based therapy

Pharmacotherapies and behavioral therapies are considered “evidence-based,” which means that the effectiveness of these modalities have been tested time and time again, and they always demonstrate high success rates in treatment outcomes. In addition to therapies like CognitiveBehavioral Therapy and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, New Method Wellness uses non-narcotic approaches to addiction treatment to minimize the chances of transferring addiction from illicit drugs to narcotic analgesics. At the forefront of addiction treatment, technology and research are psychoneuroplasticity, a therapeutic method rooted in the philosophy that the brain’s structure can be rewired. New Method Wellness’s licensed addiction psychiatrists are among California’s most distinguished clinicians, and they are always utilizing the most advanced form of addiction treatment available.

Holistic treatment of the whole person

Holistic therapy is a natural approach to treatment that addresses the emotional and spiritual aspects of a person’s psyche. Popular methods include art therapy, equine therapy, surf therapy, yoga, meditation, acupuncture/massage, and wolf-assisted therapy. In conjunction with clinical methods, holistic therapy treats issues such as emotional and mood disorders, stress, tension, depression, and anxiety. Clients are encouraged to exercise, eat better, explore their interests, and improve connections with important relationships.

Why residential treatment is better

Residential treatment programs are a major focal point of state correctional systems due to their effectiveness in treating criminal justice clients (Inciardi, Martin & Clifford, 2016). The characteristics of this substance abuse treatment population – criminal thinking and values, added stressors and higher denial issues — call for more attention and care (Peters & Wexler, 2013). New Method Wellness’s 3:1 staff-to-client ratio adequately and effectively addresses this need for increased care, not just for those in criminal justice but for all clients struggling with alcohol and other drug abuse. Featured on Dr. Phil, National Geographic and now an Emmy nominee for Intervention on A & E, New Method Wellness has received ample recognition for the success of its programs and continues to excel in its service to clients and their families.

Talk to our Outreach Coordinator today to see how we can help you or your loved one with drug and alcohol treatment, skills training or counseling.

To learn more about New Method Wellness, call 866.951.1824

Inciardi, J.A., Martin, S.S. & Clifford, A. B. (2004). Five-Year Outcomes of Therapeutic Community Treatment of Drug-Involved Offenders after Release from Prison. Crime & Delinquency 50(1): 88-107
Nelson, S. E., Belkin, K., LaPlante, D. A., Bosworth, L., & Shaffer, H. J. (2015). A prospective study of psychiatric comorbidity and recidivism among repeat DUI offenders. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 3(1), 8-17. dx.doi.org
Peters, R.H. & Wexler, H.K. (2013). TIP 44: Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice
System. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Services Administration: A Treatment Improvement
Protocol. Retrieved from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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