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DWI Evaluations

ACI's services include an OASAS licensed outpatient substance abuse treatment program. ACI's outpatient program provides NYS OASAS approved DWI and DUI counseling, treatment, screening, and assessment to individuals charged with DWI and ordered to receive screening and/or assessments due to their arrest.

ACI specializes in providing these services in order to address legal stipulations and screen for substance abuse and possible treatment depending on motorists' needs. When reporting for assessment, the motorist must bring (1) a copy of their DWI case history, (2) a copy of their police report, and (3) a copy of any court orders, citations, or a breathalyzer report. DWI offenders, as part of their assessment, may also be required to undergo a urine drug screening which is performed by a qualified laboratory licensed pursuant to Public Health Law.

The primary goal of our DWI/DUI treatment program is for the motorist to become aware that responsible use of alcohol absolutely rules out driving a car while under the influence. The individual successfully completing our program must leave understanding that there are no exceptions to this rule, no special circumstances, and no safe level of intoxication.

Secondly, all motorists are guided through an examination of their own reasons for using alcohol and/or other mood altering substances. Motorists completing the program should arrive at an informed decision about their own dependence or possible dependence on such substances. Through the cognitive behavioral curriculum of our specialized DWI/DUI treatment program, all motorists are expected to assume this responsibility.

At the initial visit, an interview is conducted to determine the motorists' drinking patterns and drinking history. Typically, an independent party (such as a spouse, for example) is required to verify the information obtained from the interview. During that time, a urine test may be required to see if the motorist has recently used drugs or alcohol. If the counselor determines that the motorist does not have a drinking problem, no follow up sessions will be required. If the motorist is determined to have a drinking problem, follow up sessions may be required, and all of those sessions will be completed with a licensed clinical staff member.


“I have been drinking and using drugs since I was a teenager and had no negative consequences until recently when my boss sent me to my Employee Assistance Program due to chronic lateness and absences due to my drug and alcohol use. Thank g-d that they sent me to ACI. When I got there I was really scared. I had never been to detox or rehab. The staff was so caring. When I was on the detox unit I did not feel well and the nursing staff did everything they could to make me comfortable. When I moved on to rehab I loved the counselors. The groups were great and they really understood how guilty and ashamed I felt about my life. I learned that guilt and judgment are not helpful. I learned how to think positively and how to see all that I have to live for. I owe ACI my life. Thank you all!"

-Mike, 27