Alcoholism is the most common addiction in America.  Getting a DUI can shed light on a drinking problem.  If you have had multiple DUI’s, often times a drinking problem is at the heart of the issue.  Regardless of the cause for your DUI(s), the court and the district attorney are going to view anyone with a DUI with a high blood alcohol level, an accident, or multiple DUI’s on their record as having a substance abuse issue. 

How the El Dorado County Court and District Attorney View Treatment

The court and the District Attorney are going to want to make sure that any substance abuse issue is being dealt.  In any case where there are aggravating factors (High BAC, Accident, Accident with Injury, Multiple DUI’s), it is helpful if the client starts getting treatment before the first court date.  It may keep you out of jail.  Judges will often ask what the defendant is doing to get help for their substance abuse issues.     

El Dorado County AA Meetings

The simplest and most cost-effective treatment method is to attend AA meetings.  The meetings are free and can be found in every city in El Dorado County including Cameron Park, Camino, Coloma, Cool, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills, Galley, Georgetown, Grizzly Flats, Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Somerset, South Lake Tahoe, and Stateline.   To find a meeting go to their website at or call the 24-hour hotline at (916) 454-1100.  Although not required, make sure to take a signup sheet with you and have the person running the meeting sign it to document your attendance at the meeting.  We can use that sheet to show the judge and DA that you have been attending meetings.  Click to print AA signup sheet.   

Outpatient Rehab

An outpatient rehab program offers flexible scheduling of alcohol and drug treatment meetings.  This allows patients to continue with their regular work and family responsibilities and allows them to continue living at home.  Some of the biggest reasons to consider outpatient rehab include its affordability, flexibility, and continued ability to work.  Most insurance companies will cover outpatient treatment.  If you have health insurance, contact your insurance provider to find out which outpatient programs insurance will cover. 

Inpatient Rehab

Inpatient rehab programs, also known as residential treatment, requires patients to check into a controlled environment to overcome their addictions. Patients stay at a treatment facility full time while they work on recovery.  Although inpatient rehab can be expensive, there are low-cost and no cost options.  Many insurance companies will cover inpatient treatment.  If you have health insurance, contact your insurance provider to find out which inpatient programs insurance will cover. 

Free Inpatient Treatment Options

There are free inpatient treatment options.  The Sacramento Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is a free treatment option and they have programs from 6 months to 2 years.  The San Francisco location at Delancey Street offers 2 year treatment options.   

Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center
1615 “D” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-441-5267

Delancey Street
San Francisco
600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94107
Tel: 415-512-5104
Fax: 415-512-5141

Low Cost Inpatient Treatment Options

Recovery In Action
3940 Tawanka Rd., Somerset, CA 95684
Tel: 916-474-0151

Scram Device

In some cases, you may need to show the court that you are not going to drink while your case is pending.  You can get fitted for an alcohol monitoring device which you wear around your ankle.  This can either be court ordered or voluntary.  You can find a SCRAM provider near you by going to their website:       

Let Us Help

If you have questions about how treatment can help you or can help mitigate your DUI case, call our office today at (916) 939-3900 to speak to an attorney regarding your treatment options.  We have helped many people get the treatment they need.