If the court has ordered you to complete a course in an Alcohol Information School as part of a DUI penalty, you’ll feel a little better walking through the door when you know what to expect. These schools, often call ADISs (Alcohol and Drug Information Schools), provide people with solid information about the effects of alcohol and drugs, as well as an open forum for discussion and self-exploration.


“It is educational and focuses on decision-making, as well as psychological, sociological, physiological and legal consequences of alcohol/drug consumption and traffic safety,” explains Bridgeway Treatment Services (BTS). People are referred to this program because their alcohol use has put themselves and others at risk. It is legislators’ hope that attending these courses will provide a foundation for more responsible citizenship and identify any needs for further alcohol or drug treatment. The state’s aim with mandating ADIS attendance is to “promote public safety by reducing the number of injuries and fatalities due to driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs,” BTS explains.


What to Expect at Alcohol Information School


Most people are ordered to take an 8-hour ADIS course after receiving a DUI. Details of the legal stipulations can be found in RCW 46.61.5056. Each school may have slightly different approaches, but they all serve the same purpose and the Department of Social and Health Services must approve all. The cost of most courses range from $100 to $200, and most classes provide lunch and educational materials.


Below are some of the things the course will cover.


  • Lectures on how alcohol and drugs affect the mind and body
  • Steps to better decision-making
  • Stages of change
  • Information about recognizing the signs of addiction
  • Discussion about how alcohol and drugs affect your family, job, and well-being
  • The law and legal consequences related to alcohol
  • Assistance with making changes to high-risk substance use behavior


Finding a Local Alcohol Information School


The Pierce County government website provides a list of dozens of drug/alcohol programs with agencies that offer ADIS courses. Below are a few of the listings.


  • A Avenue of Recovery – (253) 548-0779
  • A Change Counseling Service – (253) 473-1844
  • Al’Ta Counseling – (253) 365-2000
  • Army Substance Program – (253) 967-2202
  • Assessment & Treatment Associates – (253) 205-8200
  • Community Counseling Institute, Inc – (253) 759-0852
  • Crossroads Treatment Center – 473-7474
  • Doorway to Recovery – (253) 983-1303
  • H. Counseling & Associates – (253) 777-4772
  • Gig Harbor Counseling – (253) 851-2552
  • Good Samaritan Behavioral Health Chemical Dependency Program – (253) 697-8400
  • Grace Recovery Centers – (253) 678-3711
  • New Freedom Recovery Center – (253) 862-7374
  • Peninsula Counseling – (253) 851-4600
  • Pierce County Alliance – (253) 572-4750
  • Puyallup Tribal Treatment – (253) 593-0247
  • Social Treatment Opportunity Programs (STOP) – (253) 770-4720
  • Sound Recovery Centers – (253) 848-3363
  • Tacoma Detoxification Center – (253) 593-2413
  • Tacoma /Pierce County Treatment Services – (253) 798-6576
  • Western Washington Alcohol Inc. – (253) 536-5549


Make sure that the state approves the agency you select and that the course instructor has the required certification to teach the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse-approved curriculum. For a complete listing of agencies, visit the Pierce County Washington website and do a search for “Agency List.”


Using ADIS as a Springboard to a Better Life


While you may be mandated to go to the program, you have a choice: You can go there begrudgingly and just go through the motions, or you can use it as a real catalyst for change. We urge you to use ADIS program for the latter.


Craig Rock, founder of ADIS provider, North Star Treatment Group, shares this powerful testimonial: “On April 16, 1999, I drank alcohol for the last time. Until that point, I’d had a tumultuous relationship with the party lifestyle. Years of drinking and drugging had begun to systemically dismantle my life, until a near death experience finally woke me to reality. When my desire to live became more important than my desire to drink, I was finally able to get sober.”


If you’ve yet to secure legal representation for your DUI case, you are welcomed to contact Daryl Graves Law, PLLC in Washington at 253-383-7777 for a free consultation.