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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 firmly believe that ACI is why my son is still alive, back with our family, and back to school. As a mother my primary concern was that my son would receive compassionate care and the attention he needed to focus on his recovery. We have been through this before and I was losing hope, so was my son. It is a very lonely and dark place to be. All ACI staff, doctors, nurses, and counselors were always available when I had questions. We were able to visit and we had a family therapy session where I learned that I had to take care of myself too, without feelings of guilt. We also learned how to set limits and boundaries. At last, freedom, from the emotional pain of being part of an addicted family. My son learned the skills he needs to sustain his sobriety. He learned about the importance of maintaining sober friends and activities. He learned how to say no and change the things in his life that kept holding him back from happiness, health, and success. Thank you ACI I have my son back!”

-Sally, 43