Holly L Campbell, CADC, RMSR, SQP

Archive for April, 2014


Common Law

This is the final post in a series examining DUI of lawfully prescribed medication. In Part Two, I told you about a woman who came into my office, frustrated because her attorney wanted her to enter into ARD for DUI charges despite the fact that it would ruin her career and she maintained she was innocent. Her driving was perfect, she had no alcohol in her system, and the only drugs found were lawfully prescribed antidepressants and migraine medication. Part Two ended with a denied continuance, a rejected plea deal and a new DA.

Immediately upon taking the case, the new DA began demanding that we provide her with my client’s medical records. We had already provided a note from her treating physician stating that all the meds were prescribed and he never saw any indication of side effects or abuse, so I refused to ask for the medical…

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Convicted Drunk Driver Develops Safe Ride Program

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Benito Capellan isn’t walking around the UT Arlington campus. He’s in Lubbock behind bars serving time for a drunk driving crash, but before he began his jail sentence he says he had to start something to help other students.

“I’ve been involved with drinking and driving in my life,” says Capellan in a direct message. “It was very tragic.”

His message is meant to reach UT Arlington students.

“I wanted to create something to where I can help others not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in my life,” says Capellan.

The former Texas Tech student was driving drunk when he hit and killed a young woman riding a bicycle. While out on bail Capellan moved back home and enrolled at UTA.

Within a few months he started developing a student run safe ride program called Gallop Safe Ride.

“Our pain comes from the life…

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Can I get a DUI for Marijuana in Missouri?

Is an Underage DUI Similar to a Juvenile Offense in How the Courts Treat it?

Greg Hill & Associates (310) 782-2500

Most attorneys will tell a client that a juvenile offense is eligible for sealing and destroying under Welfare and Institutions Code § 781 and 781.5.  In contrast, an adult record does not enjoy such a forgiving approach and sealing an adult record is virtually impossible.  What about DUI as a juvenile?  Does an underage DUI benefit from the same willingness to forgive and forget?  Click on the following link to read a summary of a recent federal court decision that addressed this quandary: http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1834478.html

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Embrace harm reduction?

Addiction & Recovery News


DJ Mac challenges recovery-oriented providers to embrace harm reduction:

Despite my focus on recovery I have a strong harm reduction ethos at my core. Sure, I challenge services to be recovery-orientated, but I firmly believe that the reverse needs to be true. Rehabs and other services with a recovery goal ought to have harm reduction practices woven into their fabric. If they don’t they could be short-changing clients.

Read the rest here.

Spend some time on his blog. His posts are consistently smart, challenging, concise and he avoids the simplistic and false binary arguments that plague writing on the topic.

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Does it matter whether it’s viewed as a disease?

Addiction & Recovery News

We are all one by JohnnyRokkit

The maker on The Anonymous Peoplerecently wrote:

“Is addiction a disorder, a matter of human frailty or something else?”

This debate about whether addiction is a disease or a matter of choice continues to garner headlines and direct our collective discussion away from the only thing that really matters: “How do people enter recovery from addiction and stay well?”

He points to the fact that addicts are dying and there are “23.5 million people in recovery.”

About that number, I’ve written about it before. Now, Young People in Recovery throw a little cold water on it:

“There are 23 million people in long-term recovery in the United States.” This widely cited statistic, sourced from a 2012 survey conducted by the Partnership at Drugfree.org and the New York Office on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), is often used to justify the need for increased recovery support services in…

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Collegiate Recovery – from the Dawn Farm Education Series

Addiction & Recovery News

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances

GOAL: To provide an overview of the need, purpose, history and present development of collegiate recovery programs locally and nationally.

OBJECTIVES: Participants will:

  1. Get an overview of the challenges and obstacles students in recovery face on college campuses
  2. Learn about the theory and research that are at the foundation of the development of Collegiate Recovery Programs
  3. Learn about the development of Collegiate Recovery Programs at both the local and national level

Handouts and Related Reading

Collegiate Recovery Programs presentation

U-M Collegiate Recovery Plan

Substance Abuse Recovery in College” ; Community Supported Abstinence Series: Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development; Editors: H. Harrington Cleveland, Kitty S. Harris. Richard P. Wiebe; Springer Science and Business Media. 1st Edition., 2010


This audio is from the 2013/2014


This is the presentation from the 2013/2014 education series

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances – February 2014 from Dawn Farm on

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