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Driving While Intoxicated

Hope Recovery Services, Inc

Alice Edwards, MS, LCDC, LPC I, MRT, LPPT

Substance Abuse Counselor located in Uptown Park, Houston, TX

Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a serious crime that puts your own safety and those on the road with you at risk of injury or death. DWI treatment can help prevent people convicted of DWI from getting behind the wheel while drunk in the future. Alice Edwards, MS, LCDC, LPC I, MRT, LPPT, and the team of caring providers at Hope Recovery Services, Inc offer DWI treatment programs that are approved by the State of Texas. To learn more about DWI programs, call the Houston office today, or make an appointment online.

Driving While Intoxicated Q & A

Why is it dangerous to drive while intoxicated?

If you’ve been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, it means you were arrested while operating a motor vehicle when your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the legal limit. 

This limit is based on research that shows when BAC has reached a level that causes intoxication that prevents you from driving safely.

Following are blood alcohol limits as defined by the State of Texas:

  • Younger than 21 years old: Any detectable amount
  • 21 years old or older: 0.08%
  • Commercial drivers: 0.04%

When you drink enough alcohol to become intoxicated, it affects your reaction time, your ability to make judgments, your vision, your balance, and your control over your body. 

Safe driving requires all of these factors to protect yourself, your passengers, and the drivers and passengers in the cars around you.

Why do I need treatment for a DWI?

Most people convicted of a DWI don’t want to harm themselves or others. However, a DWI can indicate that you have an alcohol use disorder, which is a form of substance abuse. 

The purpose of court-ordered treatment for DWI is to help you understand the effects of alcohol and learn to make better decisions about when or how much you drink. The court-ordered program may also help some people realize that they need more in-depth substance abuse treatment. 

What is involved in DWI treatment?

The compassionate team of licensed mental health providers at Hope Recovery Services offers two types of DWI programs approved by the State of Texas for court-ordered DWI treatment:

DWI education

The DWI education program meets the requirements for programs typically assigned to first-time offenders. It includes education about how drugs and alcohol affect your body, the science of substance abuse and addiction, and Texas DWI laws.

DWI intervention

This program is designed for repeat offenders. It covers topics such as emotional issues that contribute to substance use, alcoholism and drug dependency; addiction recovery treatment and support groups; and relapse prevention.

If you or someone in your family has been given a court order for DWI treatment, contact Hope Recovery Services for more information. Call the office today, or make an appointment online.