Can You Choose Where to Get Outpatient Drug Counseling After a DUI?

Facing a DUI charge is an unnerving and frightening experience because it can result in fines and a loss of your freedom. In some cases, the court may also order you to go to rehab. Depending on the situation, you may be offered a plea deal in which you can participate in an outpatient rehab program instead of serving jail time. In either case, this is a court-ordered mandate, so failing to comply can land you in deeper legal trouble.

While the court won’t force you to attend a specific drug counseling facility, they may have restrictions on which types of programs you can attend. If the facility doesn’t meet with the court’s approval, that counseling may not qualify in meeting the court’s sentencing arrangement. As long as the court approves of the counseling service you choose, you’re free to select the one that appeals to you. Typically, courts prefer treatment facilities that offer the following:

  • Long-Term Counseling
  • Choices in treatment types
  • Strict structure
  • Progress evaluations

Who Pays for Court-Ordered Drug Counseling?

If you have been ordered to participate in drug counseling as a part of your DUI sentence, you might assume the court will be paying for your treatment. This isn’t true, so you should be prepared to pay for your outpatient drug counseling plan by yourself. Costs vary, depending on the facility and the types of services they offer, so it can be helpful to shop around for the ideal facility. In addition to meeting any restrictions outlined by the court, you should also make sure that the treatment program’s cost fits within your budget.

There are many ways to pay for your drug counseling, so don’t be alarmed if it’s something you can’t pay out of pocket. Often, Medicaid and Medicare will cover all or some of the cost. If you have private health insurance, you should contact your insurance provider. Many health insurance companies now offer coverage for various types of addiction treatment. Depending on your financial situation, you may be able to qualify for a personal loan to help you cover the cost of counseling.

Whether you have been ordered to attend drug counseling by the court, or you want to pursue recovery for your own sake, calling our counselors can help you get started. You can reach us 24 hours a day at 833-762-3765. We can answer your questions, and help you get the treatment that’s best for you.