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There are many pathways to recovery.  Individuals are unique with specific needs, strengths, goals, health attitudes, behaviors, and expectations for recovery.  Pathways to recovery are highly personal, and generally involve a redefinition of identity in the face of crisis, or a process of progressive change.

Furthermore, pathways are often social, grounded in cultural beliefs or traditions, and involve informal community resources, which provide support for sobriety.  The pathway to recovery may include one or more episodes of psychosocial and/or pharmacological treatment.

For some, recovery involves neither treatment nor involvement with mutual aid groups.  Recovery is a process of change that permits an individual to make healthy choices and improve the quality of her or his life.

As we know DUI Programs see people whose substance use behavior exists along a continuum, ranging from non pathological use at one end, to problematic or substance abuse in the middle to chronic substance dependence on the other.

DUI services are designed to address this continuum of use through the education, group counseling and individual case management sessions.

DUI Programs are quite often a first step in the path to recovery. DUI counselors utilize a variety of counseling skills to provide the DUI program participant with the awareness of where they are on the substance use continuum, what areas of change are needed to address areas of concern, and what resources are available to them within their community.

The next few lessons will highlight some of the counseling styles that a DUI counselor can learn and put into practice to enhance their effectiveness with DUI program participants.