Offender education available in lake area

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : October 23, 2013

Courtesy Photo Cedar Creek Reasource in Mabank teaches offender education to reactivate suspended drivers licenses after a DWI offense.

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Cedar Creek Reasource in Mabank teaches offender education to reactivate suspended drivers licenses after a DWI offense.

Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–A new resource has opened in Mabank to assist those who want their driver’s licenses reactivated after a suspension due to a Drug or DWI Offense. It’s called Cedar Creek Resource.
Its proprietor, Emily Evans, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, who is a Certified Drug Offender Education Instructor and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, has more than five years experience working in the Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse field with a background in Admissions, Residential Counselor, Aftercare and facilitating Psychotherapy Group Counseling.
“I recognized a grave need for these Offender Education services in our community and hope to help offenders with the resource and education in how our choices affect our lives,” she said.
The program is designed to increase the knowledge of participants by educating them about the dangers of drug abuse and associated illegal activities, to identify their individual drug use patterns and to assist them in developing a personal action plan to reduce future drug use, illegal activity and involvement with the criminal justice system.
A new program is being developed to educate minors about the dangers of alcohol abuse. These classes are projected to begin in December 2013, Anger Management classes are also offered.
These 12 to 15-hour courses are conducted in such a way to preserve each class member’s dignity, while helping them meet their goals of having their driver’s license reinstated and meet court/probation requirements.
“We want this learning experience to be enjoyable as well as informative,” Evans said.
Cedar Creek Resource is a private company certified and authorized by the Texas Department of State Health Services for Offender Education, located across from Groom & Sons Hardware at Suite 107, 1302 Third St. in Mabank.
Texas state law regarding HIPPA confidentiality ensures that privacy and confidentiality is maintained for every participant.
“We sometimes make choices in life that lead to difficult situations. Cedar Creek Resource is here to help meet the court-ordered requirements,” Evans explained. 
As part of the respectful atmosphere, class members are allowed to bring food and beverages into the nighttime classroom. Coffee and water will be provided in all classes.
Forms of acceptable payment include money orders and major credit cards (a $2 processing fee applies) and cash.
The drug offender education program is designed to increase awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and associated illegal activities. It also helps the participant to identify his/her own individual drug use patterns and assist in developing a personal action plan to reduce the probability of suffering the consequences of future drug using and illegal behavior.
The DWI education for first-time offenders consists of a 12-hour course designed to increase awareness of the effects drug and alcohol use has on perception and driving skills.
This course is most-likely required upon DWI conviction in order to reinstate your driver’s license. The course is conducted Monday-Thursday and costs less than $100.
The Anger Management course runs 12 hours and helps class members recognize symptoms of anger, and shows that anger does not have to be a habitual response.
The purpose of the group is to learn to manage anger effectively, stop violence or the threat of violence, develop self-control over thoughts and actions and receive support from others.
This group meets three times a week for two weeks, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The course cost includes a workbook for outside class study and practice.