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DWI Substance Abuse Assessment

A DWI Substance Abuse Assessment is required of anyone convicted of Driving While Impaired in the state of North Carolina. DWI and Substance Abuse assessments and groups can only be conducted by facilities licensed by the state of North Carolina to meet requirements to restore your driver’s license. Pivot Power PLLC is a fully licensed facility authorized to offer counseling services including alcohol and drug assessments and educational programs.

Why Shouldn’t You Wait?

In NC, a DWI assessment is required prior to receiving a Limited Driving Privilege; it is always required to receive the privilege 10 days into the 30 day civil revocation.

Shorten the period of time you can’t drive during your “Civil Revocation.”

You can complete the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles assessment requirements.

A DWI Assessment is a Mitigating Factor during your trial and can reduce the level of punishment, possibly helping avoid active jail time.

Know in advance where you stand with your DWI Substance Use Assessment requirements.

Program Placement Criteria


DWI Assessment Results

There are five placement levels for DWI substance abuse treatment in North Carolina. There are a minimum number of contact hours, time in group or class, and minimum lengths of time a person must be involved. These are now codified into a new section 122C-142.1 of the General Statutes: “Substance abuse services for those convicted of driving while impaired or driving after drinking by person under 21.”

Counseling or ADETS must be started within 6 months from the date of the assessment, or a new assessment is required by the State.

What we need from you to complete the DWI assessment

A copy of your full, lifetime driving record from the DMV (also available online NCDOT.GOV, or you may find your attorney or insurance company can provide you with a non-certified copy).

Verification of your Breathalyzer or blood test reading. This can also be obtained from your attorney, or the Clerk of Court.

Fee payment of $100 due at the time of your appointment.

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ADETS/Prime for Life (Virtual Only)

PRIME for Life is a 16-hour educational course hosted by a workbook; the fee for the program is $160.  The textbook fee is $25.00.
PRIME For Life is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention, and pretreatment program designed for people who may be making high-risk choices. This includes but is not limited to impaired driving offenders, college students, and young people charged with alcohol and drug offenses. It is designed to change drinking and drug use behaviors by changing beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, motivations, and the knowledge of how to reduce their risk of alcohol and drug substance abuse problems.
When implemented following protocols, Prime For Life effectively changes high-risk attitudes, beliefs, risk perceptions, and behaviors and has been shown to reduce recidivism in the DUI population


Upcoming classes:


July 29th-August 22 (8 weeks)

Mondays & Thursdays 10am-12pm

(7/29, 08/01, 08/05, 08/08, 08/12, 08/15, 08/19, 08/22)


August 12-September 4 (8 weeks)

Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm

(08/12, 08/14, 08/19, 08/21, 08/26, 08/28, 09/02, 09/04)


September 23-October 17 (8 weeks)

Mondays & Thursdays 10am-12pm

(09/23, 09/26, 09/30, 10/03, 10/07, 10/10, 10/14, 10/17)


September 30-October 23 (8 weeks)

Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30pm-7:30pm

(09/30, 10/2, 10/07, 10/09, 10/14, 10/16, 10/21, 10/23)


November 18-November 21 (Monday-Thursday) (one week)

(11/18, 11/19, 11/20, 11/21) 5:30pm-9:30pm


December 9-December 12 (Monday-Thursday) (one week)

(12/09, 12/10, 12/11, 12/12) 5:30pm-9:30pm

Who Can Benefit from PRIME For Life?

Court-referred impaired driving offenders (DUI/ DWI)

Individuals referred by a court for other reasons (possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication)


College campuses

Parents who have youth participating in court diversion or juvenile justice programs.

In a PRIME For Life classroom, clients:

Feel engaged and comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and self-reflection.

Learn how the combination of influences and personal choices determine outcomes.

Learn how to make low-risk choices by using a simple tool.

They are given time to absorb and process the information provided.

Self-assess to identify their risk levels and current phase of alcohol and drug use.

Identify the things they value in their lives and make their own decisions about when and how to protect them.

Explore new beliefs and reflect on how those new beliefs may bring about positive changes.

Clinical Supervision

Includes Private Practice Coaching

Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) Supervision Those individuals pursuing a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist certification with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) have a variety of pathways to get there.  We can help provide supervision for clinical experience for those applying through Criteria A, B, C

  • Criteria A is the standard application procedure for all qualifying Master’s Degrees.

  • Criteria B is the application procedure for persons who already hold a CSAC from the NCSAPPB.

  • Criteria C Schools/Programs is for applicants who attended a pre-approved substance abuse/addictions Master’s degree program.

300-hour internship:

The 300-hour internship is required to complete the registration process for credentialed substance abuse counselors with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Interns will explore counselor identity, clinical development, the 12 Core Functions. Skills, Knowledge, Attitude focus (60%-attitude, 30%-knowledge, 10%-skill). Those who pursue the certified substance abuse counselor (CSAC) credential, will receive exam prep assistance during the 300-hour internship.

Supervised Clinical Practice:

Counselors-in-training who have completed the registration process and pursuing full license or credential will receive guidance, training, feedback on skills and documentation and mentorship in the 12 core functions, 46 Global Criteria, and identify Clinical Bliss elements. Skills, Knowledge, Attitude focus (50%-attitude, 40%-knowledge, 10%-skill) Then after the first year (40%-attitude, 30%-knowledge, 30%-skill). Counselors-in-training for the licensed clinical addictions specialist (LCAS) credential will receive exam assistance.

Results & Reviews

"Pivot Power has helped me grow in ways I didn’t even know I needed to. I never recognized the load I carried from childhood experiences and how it has impacted the way I’ve viewed myself and the world. Therapy has helped me to process those experiences and challenge me limiting beliefs and behaviors. As a start-up founder, I deal with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. My therapist helps me work through that so I can grow.”  

"What a blessing to have found Pivot Power. Highly recommend. Ashley’s range of knowledge, and mastery understanding of the connection of our minds and bodies is immeasurable. I highly recommend her for creative business executives. She has truly been a jewel in my life.I grew up having negative opinions about therapy. When I tried therapy in the past I was scared and held back a lot. This second time around of therapy with Pivot Power PLLC I went in with an open heart. I was a little anxious leading up to my appointment with Ashley but that was gone almost instantly upon meeting her. She empathized with my mindset in a non-judgmental and authentic way. She was honest, upfront, and kind during the session, and by the end of the first session, I felt hopeful and confident about therapy for the first time."

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