Illinois DUI Risk Education: Drugs

The Birt Group is located in Wheaton, Illinois and it provides Illinois DUI Risk Education for Illinois DUI offenders.  The State of Illinois requires that DUI offenders learn about many topics such as Alcohol as a Drug, Drugs other than Alcohol, The effect of alcohol/drugs on the individual & family, Resources for help, and Illinois DUI Penalties and Laws.

In a recent post we covered our DUI risk education class re: Alcohol as a Drug.  DUI’s are commonly associated with alcohol and how the depressant can adversely affect your body and ability to operate a vehicle.  Driving while under the influence, however, can occur if the offender consumed other drugs such as stimulants, depressants, inhalants, hallucinogens, certain prescriptions medications, certain over the counter medications, cannabinoids (marijuana), etc.

While a DUI as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol typically results in the offender submitting to a breathalyzer test to determine the blood alcohol concentration, a DUI as a result of other drugs typically results in blood and urine testing.  Such testing generates toxicology results that are used to determine what substances were consumed by the offender.

At The Birt Group, one of our DUI risk education classes covers drugs other than alcohol and we cover the following information:

1. physiological and pharmacological effects of drugs other than alcohol; and

2. other drugs, legal and illegal, and their effects on driving when used separately and/or in combination with alcohol

Illinois DUI Risk Education must be taught by a qualified professional at an Illinois licensed agency.  The Birt Group is licensed by the the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.  All staff are licensed and qualified to provide services for Illinois DUI offenders.  The Birt Group runs DUI Risk Education classes every Saturday and we also offer a unique expedited DUI Risk Education by appointment.

To enroll in our DUI Risk Education classes, which are located across the street from the DuPage County Judicial Complex in Wheaton, IL, please contact us at (630) 891-2478. We also offer groups for DUI risk levels: Minimal, Moderate, Significant, and High. Ask us for details.

We serve clients from Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Clarendon Hills, Chicago, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hinsdale, Itasca, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Roselle, Schaumburg, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wayne, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton, Willowbrook, Winfield, Wood Dale, and Woodridge as well as other cities in Cook County, Coles County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, McLean County, McDounough County, Sangamon County, and Will County.


Erin Birt is the owner and a counselor at The Birt Group.  She has over 10 years of experience working with clients involved in the court system.  She is a family law attorney and an addictions counselor. Ms. Birt frequently presents at continuing education forums and group meetings on the topics of substance abuse, addiction, and various legal issues. She is an adjunct professor at Aurora University as well as an elected board member for the College of DuPage.


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