Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Alcoholics Anonymous for Atheists?

June 23rd, 2014

Alcoholics anonymousAlcoholics Anonymous for Atheists and Agnostics? Yes, that is a thing.

AA is open to people of all beliefs, but it is undoubtedly a spiritual program that asks people to have faith in certain principles. One of the most basic requirements of the program is that people believe in a higher power. The second step talks about how members came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. While the third step describes how they made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. There is also the expectation that members will have had a spiritual experience by the time they have completed the 12 Steps.  Many people who consider themselves Atheists or Agnostics find this off-putting and some are outright hostile to the program.

The question, “Can a Court order someone who is an atheist to attend AA?” made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Rejecting an appeal from officials in Orange County, N.Y., the U.S. Supreme Court has let stand a ruling protecting the right of an atheist to refuse mandatory attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as a condition for probation.  Important in the court’s decision was the finding that ran counter to a standard government claim often made in connection with faith-based social programs. Justice Leval:

The County argues further that the nonsectarian nature of the A.A. experience immunizes its use of religious symbolism and practices from Establishment Clause scrutiny. The argument is at the very least factually misleading, for the evidence showed that every meeting included at least one explicitly Christian Prayer. Furthermore, the claim that nonsectarian religious exercise falls outside the First Amendment’s scrutiny has been repeatedly rejected by the Supreme Court.

Well, it turns out that a group in Kettering is attempting to square that circle.  A new “AA” program for Atheists and Agnostics is meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at 3040 Valleywood Dr. in Kettering.

Author Marya Hornbacher knew she needed help battling her addiction but, as an atheist, Alcoholics Anonymous didn’t seem like the right place for her. Instead of attending a meeting of a secular alternative, though, she went through AA’s program, finding her own ways to get through each step. Her method placed “spirit of life and a deep faith in the value of connecting and sharing with others” above any sort of supernatural deity.  She’s written a book about the experience and it’s called Waiting: A Nonbeliever’s Higher Power.

Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can email CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

To learn more about Alcoholics Anonymous or an alternative contact me, or check these city-specific sites at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville

 

Addiction Services in Clark County by Springfield DUI Attorney

May 21st, 2014

Springfield DUI Attorney   As a Springfield DUI Attorney, I get to help people who are dealing with addiction issues.  To that end, we offer you this list of Clark County service providers who can help. Please follow the links to learn about services and costs.  If you need help, we can help!

Clark County

 

 

Springfield DUI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 

 Find Springfield DUI Attorney information on these city-specific links:

 

FairbornDaytonSpringfield DUI AttorneyKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville 

 

Where Can I Get Help? Alcohol Addiction Services at TCN-BHS

January 30th, 2014

alcohol addiction

If you have been arrested for an alcohol related offense, you may consider seeking the help of alcohol addiction specialists.  We try to help our clients by giving them the tools to manage both their case and any alcohol addiction issues that are present.  To that end, Charles Rowland has served on the board of TCN-BHS, Greene County’s mental health and alcohol addiction service provider. If you are struggling with an alcohol addiction, here is how to take the first step – If you are seeking a Substance Abuse Assessment, TCN-BHS offers the following Walk-In Clinics:

Xenia Office

  • Monday Check-in at 9:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday Check-in at 9:00 a.m.

Fairborn Office

  • Tuesday Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
  • Thursday Check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Your visit will start with a prompt check-in by our front desk staff and a brief meeting with one of our financial specialists. As a new client, you will participate in an assessment session that focuses on gathering information on your specific circumstances. Providing input on your preferences, history, relationships and current needs will assist your counselor in working with you to develop goals that are meaningful to you as an individual. The assessment should last between one and a half to two hours. At the end of this initial session, you will have a Care Plan specially crafted by the counselor with your input. This Care Plan will recommend treatments with specific goals and target dates to lead you down the path to recovery.  Please prepare for the possibility that you may be at the clinic for up to four hours as you are seen in the order of your arrival time.  For your convenience, TCN also offers scheduled appointments throughout each week. Please call 937-376-8700 for more information. For more information on the alcohol addiction services provided by TCN, please click HERE.

OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio and protecting you.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

Ohio alcohol addiction information and other city-specific info at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville

Prescription Drug Addiction in Ohio; Where to Get Help

October 23rd, 2013

heroin bayerThere is a public health epidemic in Ohio due to the use of opiate-based prescription painkillers.  Over the last decade the abuse of prescription drugs, a medical and legal crackdown have led to an increase in the use of heroin.  According to the Ohio Department of Drug & Alcohol Service, there are 67 pills for every man, woman and child in Ohio with the vast majority of Ohio homes having some form of a drug that may be abused.  Drug overdoses are at an all time high, averaging four deaths a day.  45 percent of the overdose deaths are attributable to prescription drugs.

Law enforcement has shifted resources to deal with this problem.  Using numbers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there has been a 60% increase in heroin seizures, a 41% increase in prescription narcotic seizures, a 27% increase in drug arrests (totaling 2,613) and a 9% increase in OVI arrests (8,145).  [Comparing January-March 2012 to January-March 2011]

The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services helps you find assistance.  They maintain a list of provider agencies on their website [HERE].  I have provided the names for agencies in Greene, Clark and Montgomery Counties below.

 Greene County

Montgomery County

Clark County

OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Find DUI/OVI information on these city-specific links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville 

Montgomery County OVI: The 72-Hour Weekend Intervention Program

September 10th, 2013

montgomery county oviMontgomery County OVI 72-Hour Weekend Intervention Programs

In Montgomery County, a 1st offense OVI/DUI conviction carries a mandatory minimum 3-day jail sentence. Most courts, including Montgomery County OVI Courts, allow this minimum sentence to be satisfied by attending a state-certified 72 hour (3-day) Driver Intervention Program. Most people prefer the D.I.P. because it is usually held in local hotels rather than in the local jail.  Most courts allow a person to choose a convenient weekend and location.  Check with your Ohio OVI attorney to arrange for a convenient program if you are convicted.  An experienced attorney will be able to help you meet the court’s requirements.

Listed below are the 72 hour OVI programs available in Montgomery County, Ohio.

Weekend Intervention Program Wright State University
Program Length: 72 Hours
P.O. Box 927
Dayton, OH 45401
Email: harvey.siegal@wright.edu
Phone: 937-775-3050
Fax: 937-775-2629

Regional DWI Programs
Program Length: 48 Hours
Director: Jeff Wingard
130 West Second Street First National Plaza
Suite 1444
Dayton, OH 45202
Phone: 937-223-7644
Fax: 937-223-3387

Note: Montgomery County requires that an OVI conviction be satisfied by attending the 72 hour program and that the person should also have a drug and alcohol assessment as part of the program.  Clark County OVI clients should be aware of this requirement and should be aware that the A.R.C. program offers a 48 hour alternative.  To satisfy the Clark County OVI requirement, you must attend the 72 hour program.

Montgomery County OVI Attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in the Miami Valley and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself Dayton’s choice for drunk driving defense. Contact Charles Rowland by phone at (937) 318-1384 or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263). If you need assistance after hours, call the 24/7 DUI Hotline at (937) 776-2671.  You can have DaytonDUI at your fingertips by downloading the DaytonDUI Android App or have DaytonDUI sent directly to your mobile device by texting DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Facebook, @DaytonDUI on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Pheed and Pintrest or get RSS of the Ohio DUI blog.  You can emailCharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or visit his office at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.  “All I do is DUI defense.”

 Find Montgomery County OVI  information and other city-specific info at the following links:

FairbornDaytonSpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgSpringboro,Huber HeightsOakwoodBeavercreekCenterville