In Illinois, an arrest for a DUI offense will include requirements to attend risk education, early intervention class, or treatment groups. Illinois DUI Risk Education generally covers the following: alcohol, drugs, the effect of alcohol and drugs on the body and driving, the effect on the family, and the penalties associated with a DUI and subsequent DUI offenses.
One of the topics that is included in DUI Risk Education is Alcohol as a Drug. The DUI Risk Education at The Birt Group (TBG) and other Illinois licensed DUI agencies generally starts with the group discussing their experience or a topic of relevance to the risk education group. After the group discussion, the class will focus on the content that the State of Illinois wants every DUI offender to learn. For the class “Alcohol as a Drug”, TBG covers the following topics:
1. Current issues in the news about Alcohol;
2. Alcohol as a drug;
3. What can Alcohol do? (Physiological and Pharmacological Effects);
4. How Alcohol effects driving;
5. BAC – what is it, how is it measured, gender differences, and # of drinks for a BAC level;
6. If time permits, a 10 minute video is viewed that explains alcohol abuse, dependency, and resources for help; and
7. At the end of class, a coping skills exercise is presented.
Clients that attend risk education and learn new coping skills have a lower chance of being arrested for a subsequent DUI offense. In Illinois, the DUI risk education program is 10 hours in duration which is divided over a period of 4 days. The Birt Group, Inc. offers DUI Risk Education on Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM. Clients can finish the program in 4 weeks. TBG also offers an expedited DUI Risk Education Program, please contact us at (630) 891 -2478 for details and cost. We also offer Moderate Risk and Significant Risk Groups.
The Birt Group serves clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, and Oak Brook as well as other cities located in DuPage County. We have experience serving clients in Coles County, Cook County, McLean County, Will County, and Kane County as well as other counties throughout Illinois.
Erin Birt, the owner and one of the counselors at TBG, has over 10 years of experience working with clients affected by a DUI offense. In addition to being an attorney with past DUI experience at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office, she has been working in the field of substance abuse and addiction since 2008. Ms. Birt has presented to various audiences including lawyers and mental health professionals on the topic of alcohol & drug abuse and dependency. She is also an adjunct professor at Aurora University in the Criminal Justice Department.