THE MISSION OF THE LEA COUNTY DWI PROGRAM IS TO REDUCE THE OCCURRENCES OF DRINKING AND DRIVING AND TO PROVIDE BEST PRACTICES IN DWI PREVENTION AND TREATMENT, PROVIDING A STRONGER, SAFER COMMUNITY FOR LEA COUNTY RESIDENTS.
Through prevention efforts we are working to develop and implement effective programs that include changing people’s attitudes toward alcohol use and driving under the influence. We have an on-staff Preventionist who reaches both adults and youth with prevention material and activities. Our ultimate goal, as we try to prevent underage drinking and DWI, is to keep Lea County safe for all residents by eliminating impaired drivers and alcohol related fatalities.
We provide various education programs and public awareness information, which are available free of charge to any business, school or organization throughout Lea County. Prevention efforts focus on drug and alcohol awareness education programs for both youths and adults.
We provide outpatient treatment services with the following philosophies.
Early detection: ↓
Clients that receive their first DWI and their NEEDS level is low can benefit from brief intervention. The earlier the treatment begins the better the chance for success. For people who do not have a serious drinking problem, but sometimes drink alcohol at dangerous or abusive levels, brief interventions can be an effective way to get them to moderate their alcohol consumption and eliminate harmful drinking patterns. Short one-on-one counseling sessions are aimed at encouraging the person to eliminate harmful drinking practices like binge drinking.
Comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment plan: ↓
Treatment for alcohol and drug abuse/dependency is not a one size fits all proposition. Treatment planning involves six steps, (1) evaluating pressing needs, (2) determining the client’s level of motivation to address substance use problems, (3) selecting target behaviors for change, (4) determining interventions for achieving desired goals, (5) choosing measures to evaluate the effects of the interventions and (6) selecting follow-up times to review the implementation of treatment plans and their success.
Individually delivered, proven professional interventions: ↓
Several interventions, based on different treatment philosophies, can be effective in reducing alcohol consumption depending on the patient's gender, severity of dependence and motivation to change. Effective treatment programs will offer more than one approach.
Social skills training: ↓
The basis for cognitive behavior therapy, people with alcohol problems can be taught to recognize stressful situations, in which their drinking has been a problem in the past, and skills to help them cope with those situations.
Participation in support groups: ↓
Project MATCH and other studies in the 1990s definitively proved that participation in support groups, such as A.A., MRT, and Therapeutic Communities can be an active ingredient of treatment-- both during a professional intervention and after.