Can I get this done sooner by attending more than one class a week?
No. The Driving with Care curriculum is packed full of information. It takes time to integrate. It is also designed to help raise your awareness gradually over a period of 6 or 12 weeks. Before now you may never have had a reason to abstain from alcohol use. Each week we will check in with you about your thoughts about alcohol to help you recognize when and where you may be at risk for getting into further trouble with alcohol. This information can then be used in your personal relapse prevention plan.
Is there going to be a lot of homework?
Not a lot, but there will be some. Most of the homework can be accomplished in 20 minutes or less. Homework typically consists of brief worksheets that take only minutes to complete. Some weeks you will be asked to read 3-4 pages of the workbook as part of your homework.
If I'm not an alcoholic why do I have to go to such a long program?
People who have been recommended to Level I and Level II Education without further recommendations for treatment or therapy have been screened and found to not meet criteria for chemical dependency. Level I and Level II Education are the minimum requirements for DWI offenders in Ramsey County at this time who are not found to be appropriate for treatment. Those who score higher on the ASUDS screening instrument may be recommended to programs that vary anywhere from 33-55 weeks in length, or to intensive outpatient treatment (typically 3 hours a night, 3 nights a week for 8 weeks followed by 2 hours a night, 1 night a week for 12 weeks) or to residential treatment or extended care treatment in which the client lives at the facility for anywhere from 7-90 days. Some may be recommeded to a half-way house after their residential program in addition to the above mentioned outpatient treatment recommendations.
I have trouble reading and writing. Will I be able to pass this program?
Yes! At The Feel Good Place your success in this program is based largely on your attendance, attitude and participation. No one is required to read in front of the group if they feel uncomfortable doing so. We go over the lessons and worksheets together so people don't miss anything. Students who have had low reading and writing skills have still been able to successfully complete the program. If you have concerns about your ability to read and write it helps if you let your facilitator know so they can be aware of this and spend extra time on areas of the curriculum that are wordy or require a lot of reading.
What happens if I need to miss a class?
It is generally not a problem if a student needs to miss a class for outstanding reasons such as an emergency or a commitment that can not be changed. Students are strongly urged not to miss more than one class. Missing more than two classes can be grounds for termination from the program without refund of charges for classes already attended. All missed classes need to be made up. This is done by calling to schedule a make up class in another class that is on the lesson that was missed. If you know you are going to miss a class you should call and make arrangements as soon as possible.
Can I get my health insurance to pay for this program?
No. Health insurance does not typically pay for DWI education unless it is part of a drug and alcohol treatment program. The Feel Good Place does not provide drug and alcohol treatment.
Are these classes tax deductible?
That is between you and your tax advisor.