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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

DWI for Providers

Alcohol Drug Education Training School (ADETS) is primarily an educational intervention for someone with a DWI conviction who has not been identified as having a substance use disorder, but may be at risk for these disorders as well as other problems associated with substance use. 

North Carolina has adopted an evidence-based curriculum, called PRIME for Life for the Alcohol Drug Education Training School (ADETS) programs statewide.  PRIME for Life was developed by Prevention Research Institute, Inc. (PRI), a private, not-for-profit organization with "...a mission to reduce the incidence of alcohol- and drug-related problems throughout the world".

As noted on the Prevention Research Institute web site, "A primary goal of PRIME For Life is prevention of any type of alcohol or drug problem. This includes prevention of health problems such as alcoholism, or impairment problems such as car crashes or fights. Emphasis is on knowing and understanding risks one cannot change and reducing risks one can change."

For more information about PRIME for Life or PRI, please go to

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