Weekend Intervention Program (WIP)

WIP is a 20-hour intervention and education program conducted in 48 consecutive hours in a restrictive environment during one weekend. This program is primarily designed for second-time DWI offenders, or those identified during the assessment screening process as being at risk for abusing substances. WIP activities include an assessment, a medical screening, group education, individual counseling, and other intervention and confrontational activities designed to make the individual assess his or her personal responsibility in the area of impaired driving. WIP is designed primarily to heighten the individual's awareness of the negative consequences of alcohol and drug usage in his or her life. Although some counseling techniques are used during the program, methods to reduce or eliminate the individual's anxiety related to impaired driving behavior are generally not appropriate at this level. WIP is designed to assist the individual to "feel the heat" and motivate them to make change in their lives.