Gaining Awareness Groups & Classes
First Step’s Gaining Awareness programs are designed as early intervention programs for clients with little or no significant life problems caused by alcohol or drug use. Typical Gaining Awareness participants are here to learn the basics of the trajectory of alcohol and drug use and how to prevent more serious problems from occurring. Most people sign up for this level of care due to alcohol or drug situations related to DWI, possession of drugs, possession of alcohol while under 21 years of age, situations caused by alcohol and/or drug use or possession at schools, jobs or other situations. Health insurance does not cover the cost of “education level” substance abuse classes.
Prime for Life and NC ADETS education classes are best practice programs designed to be a client-centered and comprehensive experience to assist clients in gaining awareness regarding alcohol and/or drug use. Prime for Life is the only approved curriculum for ADETS. ADETS is required by NC DWI Services only for people who meet NC DWI Services standards for education only. To qualify for ADETS rather than treating the DWI client must have a BAC below .15, never had a prior conviction lifetime, meet no diagnosis for a substance use disorder, and a few other criteria required and defined by NC DWI Services. The class is 16 hours, provided over 4-5 days.
All Prime For Life and ADETS NC DWI class participants must enroll in advance. By NC law, there are only 20 spaces allowed for each session. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Prime For Life program meets many legal, school, job, etc. requirements.
To enroll, contact the First Step facility which you would like to attend and schedule an enrollment session. The cost of Prime for Life/ADETS is $185 per session.
To enroll, be prepared to pay the full fees at enrollment. If you had your assessment elsewhere, the recommendation forms from the agency where you completed your assessment. According to NC DWI laws, a DWI assessment is valid for only months. Participants must begin attending ADETS classes within 6 months of completing the assessment. Enrolling within 6 months but starting classes later than 6 months requires a new assessment according to statutes.
First Step Services, LLC utilizes the Prime For Life program as our ADETS programs. It is the standard best-practice model that is required for DWI ADETS programs.
Alcohol and Drug Education clients can usually qualify for our 16-hour substance use education program, Prime For Life, as an alternative to attending the Drug Education School. If you have an attorney, ask if the Prime for Life program will meet your requirements. Students are able to satisfy college requirements, employees meet job requirements, DOT, etc.
State of NC DWI regulations prevents us from enrolling DWI ADETS clients without a current, valid lifetime driving record and proof of breathalyzer or blood alcohol content (BAC).
- ADETS and PRIME FOR LIFE = $185.00
- No Tax & includes workbooks and all related materials
Victim Impact Panel (VIP) session meets on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:00 to 12:00 PM. The cost is $50. Call our Raleigh office for more information. The VIP session meets DWI requirements for most states and is beneficial for all who attend, DWI offenders and interested others. (919) 833-8899
2022 Gaining Awareness Programs
Prime for Life Alcohol & Drug Education / ADETS Schedules
Serving Clients Statewide. All sessions will be provided via telehealth
ADETS classes will run virtually on each of the following dates:
- Absences are not allowed – all sessions must be attended in order to complete the class
- Classes will run virtually – details will be provided at the time of registration
- Please ensure you are connected on time each class from a secure and private location, free from distractions – anyone arriving more than 10 minutes late, will not be admitted to class
- Classes will be held per guidance received:
- Maximum class size – 20 people
- Prime for Life (PFL) Curriculum – Evidence-based intervention
- 2-hour classes – 8 sessions in total (16 hours)