DUI and Substance Absuse

Alcoholism and drug addiction are no laughing matter. Research shows that if you have been accused or convicted of a DUI or a DWI then more than likely you have a substance abuse problem. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you ever stolen to support your habit?
  • Have you ever used alone?
  • Does drug use interfere with your daily activities such as sleeping or eating?
  • Do you find at times that you have irrational or indefinable fears?
  • Does the thought or being away from the substance terrify you?
  • Has substance abuse affected your sex life?
  • Are you preoccupied thinking about the substance?
  • Do you think that it is impossible to live without drugs or alcohol?
  • Have you ever tried to control the drugs and lost?
  • Have you ever lied or manipulated to get to the substance?
  • Have you tried to switch drugs thinking that one drug was a problem for you?
  • Do you regularly use a substance to go to sleep or immediately upon waking?
  • Do you avoid people or places that don't approve of your using a particular substance?
  • Do you use one substance to come down off another?
  • Has your performance at work or school been suffering?
  • Have you ever been arrested because of actions while on a substance?
  • Have you ever lied about how much or how often you use?
  • Do you purchase drugs ahead of buying necessity items or paying household bills?
  • Do you ever think that you are going insane?
  • Is substance use affecting your home life?
  • Do you feel like you can't fit in or don't belong without drugs?
  • Do feelings of emotional pain and stress drive you to use?
  • Have you ever been jailed, hospitalized or entered into a drug rehab program because of a particular substance?
  • Have you ever overdosed?
  • Do you continue to use a substance even though there are negative consequences associated with its use?
  • Do you think you may have a problem?

If you answered yes to several of the questions listed above, then it truly may be time for you to seek out some sort of help or treatment. If you have been caught driving while under the influence, then chances are this is your wake up call, and it is probably time to get the help that you need, before it is too late. There are attorneys that can help you deal with the charges against you while helping you get the help you need from a counseling group or a treatment facility.

Keep in mind that the courts look very highly at those who are trying to get help and are making an effort to get and stay sober, so entering a program may be a good proactive step to making a judge take it a little bit easier on you.

Remember that once you have been convicted of a DWI or DUI, then you have a record, and that can close a lot of doors for you, but it also means that there is an increased chance that you will have more DWI charges before long as studies show:

Nearly 80% of fatal alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents were caused by drivers with a history of driving while intoxicated. Many of whom were innocent victims and there is no shortage of horror stories that accompany this scenario.

Typical repeat offenders will usually have a blood alcohol level of up to three times the legal limit by the time they get behind the wheel. About three fourths of repeat offenders can be classified as alcohol abusers or alcohol or drug dependent. Their substance abuse is often frequent and chronic.

In the past, repeat DWI offenders might have gotten off with probation or minimal jail time, along with a suspended driver's license. In some cases, the punishment might have been a specified time of community service. The National Transportation Safety Board has called for states to eliminate community service as a punishment, because this type of charge is not put on the person's record therefore making it more difficult to keep track of repeat offenders.

Drug and alcohol treatment works in some but not all cases. It is a worthwhile attempt to get your life back together, however just like any program you will only get out of it what you put into it.

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