Altruism Counseling

DUI Classes

DUI Classes

You didn’t intend to drink and drive, but after you got a few drinks in your system, your judgment wasn’t very good. You were so sure you would be “just fine” to drive. Those flashing police lights sobered you up real quick, but didn’t do much to quell your over-the-limit blood alcohol level. 

Since then, you find yourself teetering back and forth between “I’ve got this covered” and “I want my life back.” The endless appointments, expenses, and legal requirements that come with a DUI can feel overwhelming. Especially if you have other responsibilities, such as work and family. And, if you’re like many others, the question that haunts you most is, “How can I be sure I won’t do this again?”

In the state of Kentucky, there were more than 18,000 DUI arrests in 2020. Nationwide, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimates that 18.5 million people drove under the influence of alcohol within the same year. Sadly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one person every 39 minutes dies in a drunk-driving accident.

At Altruism Counseling Services in Lexington, Kentucky, we understand the challenges you face after being convicted of a DUI. Whether you're seeking to complete required classes or better understand the underlying issues that led to your DUI, we're here to help you every step of the way.

Altruism Counseling Services has a certified DUI program in the state of Kentucky.  Our court-approved DUI services will help you meet your legal requirements, but also aim to help you on your path to recovery. Our classes and treatment programs provide the guidance, understanding, and support you need to move beyond this difficult time and avoid taking any unnecessary risks with alcohol or substances.

How Court-Approved DUI Classes Work in Kentucky

All court-ordered DUI services must be conducted by an Alcohol and Drug Entity (AODE) licensed by the state of Kentucky. All services commence with an assessment performed by a certified DUI assessor. The initial assessment determines whether you will need a) alcohol and substance use education (DUI Classes) conducted by certified Prime For Life (PRI) 20-Hour counselors or b) alcohol and substance use treatment, or c) a combination of both.

"Altruism Counseling is an AODE licensed by the state of Kentucky and a certified Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program provider. We have a certified assessor designated by the state of Kentucky to conduct your assessment. Our services include PRI 20-hour DUI Classes administered by certified PRI counselors. Additionally, we offer outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) group therapy led by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Our offerings include:

  • State-approved assessments
  • State-approved alcohol and substance use education (DUI classes)
  • State-approved alcohol and substance use treatment

If you need to install a court-ordered ignition device, our certified targeted case managers and supervisor can assist you in navigating its requirements."

Regardless of how you ended up here, whether you chose treatment or were court-ordered, our caring and compassionate staff will help guide you to a better quality of life. Everyone’s story is different, and we want you to feel that yours is heard and understood. During your assessment, we listen carefully to your needs and goals so we can recommend an individualized plan based on what’s in your best interests.

What Is Covered in Altruism’s State-Approved DUI Classes in Kentucky?

DUI classes offered are the state approved, 20-Hour “Prime for Life (PRI)” classes. PRI is a 20-hour psychoeducation course that provides an understanding of how alcohol and substance disorders develop and how you can prevent them.

The DUI class, led by a certified instructor, is a media-rich prevention developed from over 1,800 research studies conducted over the course of 75 years. It applies motivational interviewing techniques and a transtheoretical model to provide participants with an engaging and valuable experience in a non-judgmental setting.

Prime For Life classes include three learning units:

  1. Exploration: Exploring the perception of personal risk
  2. Reflection: Learning about the progression of addiction and assessing where you might be on that journey
  3. Protection: Preparing for personal change after DUI classes

We are one of, if not the least expensive program in Lexington.  We also take Kentucky state – Medicaid insurance and some commercial insurance.  Please follow the link to compare our pricing with other organizations.

Our hope is that these classes will feel more motivating than mandated and that they will inspire you to move forward with a mindset of protecting the things you value most in life.

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How Do I Get Started With DUI Classes at Altruism Counseling in Lexington?

The first step toward enrolling in mandated DUI classes in the state of Kentucky is to schedule an appointment for a DUI assessment. When your assessment is complete, the therapist will explain what you need to do (classes versus treatment)  to complete your DUI program and get your license back.

To schedule a DUI assessment, you can reach out to us directly by phone at (859) 310-6505. Or, feel free to set up an appointment with Dede Straaton, our certified DUI assessor through our online portal at Altruism Counseling's Therapy Portal.

At Altruism Counseling, we understand that every person’s story is unique. We are here to help you, and we care deeply about your well-being. The assessment allows us to understand your needs so we can create an individualized treatment plan -- as we do with all our clients. In some cases, this may be DUI classes. Other times, our therapist will recommend treatment for alcohol or substance use disorder.

How Kentucky DUI Classes Work

Week 1:

  • Friday evening – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Week 2:

  • Friday evening – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Week 3:

  • Friday 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where Are DUI Classes Located?

Altruism Counseling is located in Lexington, Kentucky. Our address is:

Altruism Counseling Services

271 W Short St Suite 508

Lexington, KY  40507

Phone number: (859) 310-6505

How Much Do DUI Classes Cost?

The Prime For Life DUI classes offered at Altruism Counseling in Lexington cost $299.

What Type of Insurance Do You Accept?

We accept many types of insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and some commercial insurance.

Do You Accept Insurance for Alcohol or Substance Use Disorder Treatment?

Yes, many insurance companies cover treatment for alcohol use disorder.

Legal Implications of Court-Mandated DUI Classes

If you do not complete your DUI program, whether a DUI class or treatment program, you may be considered in contempt of court. This can result in all of your DUI penalties getting reinstated, plus additional penalties.

Moving Forward From a DUI Conviction

At Altruism Counseling, we understand how a DUI conviction can disrupt your life, and we are also here to help you move forward and get your life on track for a better future.

Getting Your Life on Track After a DUI Conviction

When you have completed your DUI class, you still have challenges to face, such as managing your alcohol use, getting your license reinstated, and perhaps getting an ignition device to prevent you from drinking and driving in the future.

Please reach out if you need help getting an ignition device, as our targeted case management services can help you obtain and understand its stipulations and requirements.

If you need help managing an alcohol or substance use disorder, poly-substance use disorder, or co-occurring mental health disorder, we can help.

Recovery is not a one-size-fits-all journey, so we work alongside you to ensure you feel heard, respected, and in control of your healing process. We treat all types of alcohol and substance use disorders.

Altruism Counseling offers a wide selection of services, and we can create a customized treatment plan to fit your individual needs. Our services include treatment options such as:

  • Outpatient therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) 
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Holistic support
  • Whole-family recovery
  • Poly-substance use disorder treatment
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