Family Counseling / Athens DUI-Drug Court Services

Family Counseling Service of Athens is the designated treatment provider for The Athens- Clarke County DUI Drug Court. This is a 5-phase program for repeat DUI and other Alcohol/Drug related offenses. Individuals are mandated to comply with enhanced supervision, counseling, and treatment with the goal of sobriety.

The DUI-Drug Court program is a team approach involving the judge, prosecutors, defense counsel, probation officers, law enforcement and staff from Family Counseling Service of Athens, to assist program participants in dealing with his or her substance abuse problem.

American University’s Drug Court Clearinghouse reports that over 300,000 drug-using offenders have participated in drug court programs since their inception in 1989. In 1997, the Government Accounting Office (GAO) reported that 71% of all offenders entering drug courts since 1989 have either successfully completed their drug court program or are currently actively participating in their program.

In 2001, Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) concluded an updated study finding that drug courts continue to provide the most comprehensive and effective interventions. In fact, the average recidivism rate for those who complete the drug court program is between four and 29% as compared to 48% for those who do not participate in a drug court program.


We are so proud that our drug court was selected as one of four in the nation to be designated as  exemplary by The National Center for DWI Courts Academy Court Network.  With that designation, they can host foundational trainings, receive staff from other jurisdictions for site visits, play a significant role in participating in research and media, and serve as a national model for DWI courts. Congratulations! - 2017

For more on Academy Courts, go here.


Success rate touted for local DUI courts

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Monday, October 27, 2008

A report released Friday said the rate of recidivism was 9 percent for graduates from three of Georgia's earliest DUI courts, based in Athens, Chatham County and Hall County, compared to 24 percent for offenders in different counties that didn't have the courts.