To provide an alternative to incarceration while offering comprehensive assessment and cognitive behavioral education about alcohol and other drug use in a caring professional context.
The Weekend Intervention Program offers a 72-hour and a 48-hour educational, counseling and assessment program that focuses on individual clients, helping them deal with the impact of their substance use related driving conviction (OVI) and the use of mood-altering substances in their lives. These programs have proven so effective that they have served as models for numerous weekend intervention programs implemented throughout the United States and in Canada.
The WIP is no picnic. The hours are long and the pace is fast. For two or three intense days, the WIP counselors work closely with their clients in small groups, helping to educate them about the ramifications of substance use and to assess the extent of any possible problems. The clients take an active part in this assessment by examining the role substance use plays in their lives.
WIP counselors do not attempt to cure or preach. Instead, they help their clients see their OVI convictions not as bad luck, but as a "crisis trigger" that brings them a fresh awareness of the way they are handling their lives.