You've had your license taken away and have gone to court. You have two suspensions at this point. Let's say that it's a 1st Offense DWI, or RSA 265-A:18, in which case they are:
- the administrative (Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles) suspension is 6 months; and,
- the criminal court suspension is 9 months.
Alcohol Intervention/Education Programs
THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF PROGRAMS:
- Impaired Driver Intervention Program (IDIP) or Weekend Impaired Driver Intervention Programs (WIDIP)
- Phase II Programs for the Repeat First Offender
- The Multiple Offender Program (MOP) for Second or Subsequent Offenders
- 28 Day Residential Treatment ProgramsPROVIDING AGENCIES:
- Community Alcohol Information Program (CAIP) (Provides: IDIP, WIDIP, and Phase II)
119 North Main Street
Boscawen, NH 03303
PO Box 8507
Penacook NH 03303-8507
Phone: 603-753-8181 or 1-800-660-4246
- Court Referral Program (Provides: IDIP)
103 Roxbury Street, Suite 206
Keene NH 03247
- Friendship House (Provides: 28 Day Residential)
Bethlehem, NH 03574
- Serenity Place (REAP) (Provides: IDIP, Phase II, and MOP)
93 Manchester Street
Manchester NH 03101
PO Box 1477
Manchester NH 03105
- Southeastern NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services (Provides: IDIP and MOP)
272 County Farm Road
Dover NH 03820
- The Farnum Center (Provides: 28 Day Residential)
235 Hanover Street
Manchester NH 03104
Phone: 603-622-3020 exts 10 or 33
- Tri-County Community Action Program (Provides: IDIP, WIDIP, Phase II, and MOP)
PO Box 659
Berlin NH 03570
He-A 702 (ao) "Successful completion" means "successful completion" as defined in RSA 265-A:42, II and III and RSA 265-A18, VII(c)."
"Successful completion'' means meeting further counseling requirements, if any, arising out of the final evaluation given to the offender at the I.D.I.P. or the M.O.P. or its equivalent; provided, however, that the offender shall have the right to a hearing before the commissioner or designee, who shall determine whether the further counseling requirements arising out of the final evaluation are warranted and appropriate, and whether the offender should be eligible for license restoration. The definition in this subparagraph shall also apply to RSA 265-A:42.
For the purposes of this section, "successful completion'' means meeting further counseling requirements, if any, arising out of the final evaluation given to the offender at the I.D.I.P. or the M.O.P. or its equivalent; provided, however, that the offender shall have the right to a hearing before the commissioner or designee, who shall determine whether the further counseling requirements arising out of the final evaluation are warranted and appropriate, and whether the offender should be eligible for license restoration.
(a) Pursuant to RSA 265-A:42, V(a), a client shall be presumed to have successfully completed an IDIP or WIDIP if he or she has met the following requirements:(1) Attendance at all class sessions, with active participation in discussions and assessments, and completion of exercises, tests, and all required forms;(2) Completion of the scheduled exit evaluation and assessment interview; and(3) Payment in full of all assessed program and administrative fees.
(b) The presumption in (a) shall be overcome by the provider if the LADC conducting the exit evaluation and assessment interview issues a positive finding for alcohol or other drug abuse and/or dependence and requires the client to comply with further counseling requirements before the program is considered to have been successfully completed.
If you scored positive for any of the 5 items above (there are really 8), you will get assigned aftercare. You will have to see a LADC counselor, attend AA meetings, and abstain completely from alcohol or any mood-altering substance. Aftercare may last over a year.He-A 707.12 Exit Evaluation and Assessment Interview.
(c) The LADC conducting the exit evaluation and assessment interview shall issue a positive finding, thus overcoming the presumption of successful completion described in He-A 704.05(a), if any of the following exists:
(1) The client’s diagnostic test scores indicate alcohol or drug abuse or dependence, as follows:a. The client’s DRI-II alcohol or drug scale score is at the 60th percentile or greater;b. The client’s DRI-II truthfulness scale score is at the 90th percentile or greater; orc. The client’s RIASI score is 10 or greater;(2) The client is age 21 or over and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.16 or higher at the time of arrest;(3) The client has 2 or more alcohol or drug-related motor vehicle arrests or convictions;(4) The client is under the age of 21 and had a BAC of 0.08 or higher at the time of arrest; or(5) The client meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol or other substance abuse and/or dependence in accordance with the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorder (currently the DSM-IV).
- The people at Amethyst Foundation were absolutely incompetent at every aspect of their job. (Probably because of long term alcohol use and the pro-belief/anti-intellectual philosophy they espouse as AA'ers.) Beware! Keep copies of all your paperwork. Get everything in writing.
- The LADCs there are shockingly incompetent and ignorant about science, interpreting diagnostic test scores, the law, etc... Never, ever, follow their advice. Pretend that you are impressed with their knowledge--their insecurity feeds off of that.
- Never show that you have an independent thought. Say and do as little as possible, because they will use whatever they can get against you to justify more aftercare.
- The amount of aftercare is discretionary. If the LADC dislikes you, he/she can, once they have a positive finding, dump a ton of aftercare on you.
- The LADCs there think that they are on a mission to punish you for the betterment of society. They are on a huge ego trip. Don't fight it--it will only make it worse on you.
- The recovery industry feeds off of itself. Expect the LADC to order as part of your aftercare counseling with another LADC. Insurance will not cover this (unless they are also Licensed Mental Health Counselors, which 99.9% are not because they only have high school/GED educations).
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Dependence
A maladaptive pattern of alcohol use, leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by three or more of the following seven criteria, occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:1. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following:a) A need for markedly increased amounts of alcohol to achieve intoxication or desired effect.b) Markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of alcohol.2. Withdrawal, as defined by either of the following:a) The characteristic withdrawal syndrome for alcohol (refer to DSM-IV for further details).b) Alcohol is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms.3. Alcohol is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.
4. There is a persistent desire or there are unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control alcohol use.5. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain alcohol, use alcohol or recover from its effects.6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of alcohol use.7. Alcohol use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the alcohol (e.g., continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer was made worse by alcohol consumption).
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Alcohol Abuse
1. A maladaptive pattern of alcohol abuse leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by one or more of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:a) Recurrent alcohol use resulting in failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home (e.g., repeated absences or poor work performance related to substance use; substance-related absences, suspensions or expulsions from school; or neglect of children or household).b) Recurrent alcohol use in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile or operating a machine).c) Recurrent alcohol-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for alcohol-related disorderly conduct).d) Continued alcohol use despite persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the alcohol (e.g., arguments with spouse about consequences of intoxication or physical fights).2. These symptoms must never have met the criteria for alcohol dependence.
References: DSM-IV. American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.). Washington, DC.
The DRI-II AND RIASI Diagnostic Tests
If you score high on these two diagnostic tests, you will be assigned aftercare. What are these?
The Driver Risk Inventory-II, or DRI-II, was designed specifically for DUI/DWI offender assessment. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reviewed all major DUI/DWI offender tests and rated the DRI-II as the best. NHTSA is the highest federal authority in the DUI field. The DRI-II assesses offender truthfulness, quantifies alcohol and drug abuse severity, classifies substance abuse/dependency according to DSM-IV criteria, measures stress handling abilities and determines driver risk. The DRI-II has impressive reliability, validity and accuracy.
The Driver Risk Inventory-II, or DRI-II, is a brief, easily administered and automated (computer-scored and interpreted) DUI/DWI offender screening instrument or test. The DRI-II contains six scales that measure client truthfulness, driver risk, stress coping abilities, alcohol abuse severity and drug abuse severity while concurrently classifying offenders as substance abusers or substance dependent in accordance with DSM-IV criteria.
Six Driver Risk Inventory-II Scales
The DRI-II contains 6 separate scales (or measures) that are standardized on the DUI/DWI offender population. These include:
Truthfulness Scale: Measures how truthful the offender was while completing the DRI-II. It detects denial and identifies attempts to try and fake good.
Alcohol Scale: Measures alcohol (beer, wine and other liquor) use and abuse. This scale measures the severity of alcohol abuse while identifying alcohol-related problems.
Drugs Scale: Measures the severity of illicit drug (marijuana, crack, cocaine, amphetamines, barbiturates and heroin) use and abuse while identifying drug-related problems.
Substance Abuse/Dependency Scale: Utilizes DSM-IV criteria to classify substance abuse or substance dependency. Substance (alcohol and other drugs) users are classified with DSM-IV criteria.Driver Risk Scale: Measures driver risk independent of substance (alcohol or other drugs) use or abuse. Some people are simply dangerous drivers.
Stress Coping Abilities Scale: Measures one's ability to cope effectively with stress. Stress exacerbates symptoms of emotional and mental health problems.
The DRI-II assesses attitudes and behaviors, yielding a DUI/DWI offender profile. Paper-pencil or on-screen test administration takes 25 minutes to complete, and tests are computer-scored with reports printed on-site within 2 ½ minutes.
The DRI-II was developed specifically for DUI/DWI offender evaluation. It is much more than just another alcohol or drug test; consequently, the DRI-II measures important behaviors missed by other tests.
Driver Risk Inventory-II Test Booklet
DRI-II test booklets are provided free. These booklets contain 140 items (84 true/false, 56 multiple choice). This booklet is written at a high 5th grade to a low 6th grade level. If a person can read the newspaper, they can read the DRI-II. It takes 25 minutes, on average, for DUI/DWI offenders to complete the test. DRI-II test booklets are available in both English and Spanish.
"Over one million DUI/DWI offenders in the DRI Database"
Driver Risk Inventory-II Reports
In brief, DRI-II reports summarize the DUI/DWI offender's self-reported court history, explain what attained scores mean and offer specific score-related recommendations.
Within 2½ minutes from test data entry, automated (computer-generated) 3-page reports are printed on-site. These reports summarize a lot of information in an easily understood format. For example, these reports include a DRI-II profile (graph), which summarizes DUI/DWI offender findings at a glance. Also included are attained scale scores, an explanation of what each score means and specific score-related recommendations.
Significant items (direct admissions) are highlighted, and answers to the built-in interview (the last sequence of multiple choice items) are presented. Emphasis has been placed on having meaningful reports that are helpful and easily understood.
To go directly to the example DRI-II report, click on the DRI-II Report link.
The RIASI is not very specific. Most people score as substance abusers.Individuals who are charged with a DWI are also required to have medical evaluations. After placement in a Drunk Driving Program an assessment tool (RIASI) is used to evaluate the seriousness of the client’s problem. The problem with this evaluation tool is that it is an inaccurate measure of a substance abuse problem. After contacting Tom Nochajski from the University of Buffalo, one of the creators of the RIASI test, my office obtained a copy of the test and the accompanying research information backing up its efficacy and information pertaining to how it’s administered. After handing out the RIASI to 9 employees of Baldwin Research Institute, Inc. and tallying the results not a single person passed. What makes this result completely erroneous is that, to date, not a single person who took the test uses drugs or drinks and not a single person passed the test. Failing the tests is an indication that substance abuse treatment is necessary.
How To Not Flunk The Assessments
How to interact with the LADCs
The LADC should be a trained interviewer that looks for clues that you are being untruthful or a Substance Abuser during your “Alcohol Assessment” or “Substance Abuse” interview. This causes problems because you may be telling the truth but you are acting like you are not. The best way to avoid this is to know what they look for from people who are being untruthful. You must be prepared for the interview so that they do not determine you untruthful and in need of intensive rehab. Below is a list of the things they look for to determine if you need intensive rehab.
2. Appearance. They note this in the paperwork they send to the Court, Probation and the DMV . You should be clean shaven and in your best clothes and shoes and refreshed. If you are not, you may be having trouble coping with Substance Abuse and and in need of intensive rehab.
3. Eye contact. If you look away from them often this is a sign that you are being untruthful and need to have a “time out” to think up an untruthful answer. If you to roll your eyes or look up to the right or left may be lying.
4. Posture. When you sit in the chair if you fidget in the chair, slouch or cross your arms or legs, this is a sign that you are trying to protect yourself and may be being untruthful.
5. Hand gestures. If you touch your mouth or face during the interview it is taken as a defensive measure to protect yourself and you are being untruthful.
6. Detailed answers. If you give long elaborate answers it will be taken that you have thought the answers out before hand and are prepared to be untruthful.
7. Tell tale answers. The councilor will believe that you are untruthful if you use any of the following statements:
8. Being nervous and talking to fast or slow. Nervousness always means that you are hiding something and afraid the councilor is going to find out. If you talk to fast it could mean that you have been practicing the answers. If you talk to slow it may be because that you need extra time to come up with a good untruthful answer.
9. How you act after you think the interview is over. The interview is not over until you actually leave the room and on your way home. The councilor is looking for you to sigh and stretch out in your chair. This is a sign that you have let your guard down and that you were hiding something they did not find. They will ask you if you have any questions and then follow it with a long period of silence. They are expecting you to make a mistake at this time and mention a question that you have may been untruthful about.
Look for these subtle questions on the DRI-II, RIASI, and any other material you encounter:
2. Have you ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure? The answer is NO. Again the majority of substance abusers have high blood pressure.
3. Do you ever sweat uncontrollably at night? The answer to this is NO. These are called night sweats and substance abusers in need of intensive treatment have this problem.
4. Do you have diarrhea during the month? The answer to this is NO. Many substance abusers have diarrhea because of substance abuse.
5. Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease or been tested for one? The answer to this is NO. Substance abusers are known to have unprotected sex at times. If you say that you have been tested for a sexually transmitted disease they will think that you have been doing risky sex due to substance abuse. They may require you to have an HIV test and go to HIV avoidance classes.
6. Have you ever been diagnosed as depressed? The answer is NO. Again the majority of alcoholics in need of intensive treatment have been or need to be treated for depression.
7. Was anyone in your family an alcoholic or a substance abuser? The answer to this is NO. Many psychologists believe that substance abuse is inherited and if you have a relative that is a substance abuser you could have gotten it from them.
8. Have you ever taken anti-depressants? The answer to this is NO. This is also a subtle question to see if you answered question 6 truthfully.
9. Do you have trouble sleeping at night? The answer to this is NO. Substance abusers have trouble sleeping at night and often use this as an excuse to abuse substances to excess. They have no way of verifying this unless you tell them.
10. Do you have migraines? The answer is NO. DUI councilors see these as hangovers and a reason for the Substance Abuser to use substances to excess.
11. Do you sometimes speed in your car? The answer is NO. DUI councilors believe that substance abuse lowers your inhibitions and causes you to do risky behavior.
12. Do you get angry or upset easily? The answer is NO. Substance abusers have a tendency of getting angry and upset easily.
13. Is anyone in your family or a close friend a member of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous? The answer is NO.
14. Do you have to take more of less alcohol or drugs to get the same effect? The answer is NEITHER. If you are abusing a substance you build up a tolerance to it and it takes more each time you use it. If you have abstained for a while you may have to take less to get the same effect.
15. How many of your friends use alcohol or drugs regularly? This may be asked in various forms. The answer is always less than 25% if for alcohol and at or as close to 0% for drugs. If you socialize with people who drink or do drugs, than you most likely have the same tendencies.
16. Have you and your Spouse been talking about Divorce? The answer is NO. The councilors believe that if you and your Spouse are talking about Divorce, there is a good chance that it is Substance Abuse related.
17. Do you have any chronic illnesses? The answer to this is NO. If you have a chronic illness they will see this as a reason to self medicate yourself.
18. Do you have many close friends? The answer to this is MANY. Councilors believe that when you are a Substance Abuser you will loose all of your friends slowly and will become alone.
19. Do you have any Hobbies? The answer to this is MANY. It is believed that the Substance Abuser looses all interest in hobbies and just wants to abuse Substances.
20. Have you ever taken these types of Assessment Tests before or ever studied about them? The answer to this is NO. If you have taken these tests before it means that you have been at least assessed for substance abuse problem in the past and are most likely re-offending. If you have studied about these tests, there is a good chance that you are going to be untruthful with your answers.