Family Member’s Follow-Up to “If Only I Had Stopped…”
by John B. Butler, CEO-Scottsdale Treatment, LISAC, NCAC II
I received a follow-up to the letter posted last month, “If Only I Had Stopped,” which was written by someone convicted of vehicular manslaughter, a tragedy that resulted from that person’s DUI. Here’s what that person’s cousin wrote to his father:
First, I’m sorry to hear about what happened to (name redacted). It can happen to anyone and when it does, it’s best to get access to as much information as possible. When I was nabbed for DUI in 2002, the laws were much more lax than they are now. It can be overwhelming and completely intimidating. There are so many convictions, the system has created what appears to be a standard operating procedure for everyone, depending on what their “BAC” number is… and that’s a classification no one wants to be in.
I called and spoke to my friend at Scottsdale Treatment, Inc. and explained the situation to him briefly. He said he would be glad to answer questions either on the phone or in person. John has been doing this for over 25 years, and has a lot of experience in dealing with the courts in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and everywhere else in the Phoenix Metro area.
I know he can recommend a few attorneys to call, as he has worked with many. His facility offers several different treatments for a host of different things, but they have become very popular in the last several years, as they are a state-licensed facility for treatment in alcohol and drug-related offenses, which seem to always be on the rise.
Here’s more info about court-ordered treatment:
AZ Court Ordered Alcohol/Drug Treatment
STI also does the “DUI Screening” that is required of every person who has received an alcohol-related charge. This is a state-mandated screening that the MVD will also need. There are other places to go in the Valley for this screening, but from the feedback I’ve heard from guests at STI, you won’t find a better place to get your screening. At STI you won’t be automatically considered guilty and treated as such, and you won’t find a more affordable place ($30), either.
Here’s more info about the DUI screening:
AZ MVD DUI Screenings
(Name redacted) and his parents should call and talk to John Butler at STI. If he’s in a session or meeting, he’ll return the call. I’ve cc’d him to this message so he has a little more information. Maybe just remind John that I referred them and he should recall their situation and will help explain what they are facing and what their options are at this point.
I cannot thank you all enough for everything you have done for me! You saved my life, and I'm truly blessed and grateful for the wonderful people there.—K.
As I live in California, I want to thank you for offering this DUI course online and the ease of connecting with you for counseling. Your counselors treated everyone with courtesy and respect, asked the right questions and make it comfortable and easy to listen and learn. I did come away from these sessions with more knowledge and helpful advice for my future of sobriety.—GT
Thanks for letting me attend the men’s group meeting yesterday. I was really up against a drink and needed to be around fellow alcoholics. You do a lot of people a big service as you are real with them and call them on their lies. It’s a tough disease and you can’t lie yourself through it. I needed a real meeting and so glad I was able to attend. Thank you… I feel so much better today!—R.