National Recovery Month focuses on the ability of people to overcome alcohol and substance abuse problems in order to live fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, it can be a “rock bottom” situation that makes a person realize he or she has a problem with drugs or alcohol, especially in the case of a driving while under the influence (DUI) charge. For many, recovering from a DUI is part of the process of recovering from alcohol addiction, but, that does not make the situation any easier.
Recovering from a DUI includes a wide range of issues, including:
- Shame, guilt and embarrassment surrounding alcohol’s role in the person’s decisions, including the decision to drive drunk.
- Financial stressors from court fines, attorney’s fees, higher insurance premiums, ignition interlock installations, substance abuse treatment programs and more.
- Loss of employment – either because the DUI offender is no longer able to drive his or her own car, or, the DUI offense impacted his or her ability to drive while at work.
- Worry over a potential jail sentence, time in a treatment program, community service hours and/or probation.
- Understanding and correctly using an ignition interlock device.
- Starting over with a new, sober life where the temptation to drink and drive is removed.
A DUI is one of the more evident “rock bottom” situations a person can experience, especially when the aftermath is more than an ignition interlock requirement. Matthew Cordle, for example, made a video confession after a fatal DUI accident, admitting to his guilt in the matter. Today, from prison, Cordle encourages others to find a safe, sober ride home and honors victims of drunk driving accidents.
Recovering from a DUI can take years, but, it is possible to move on and live a better, sober life, while helping others do the same. During this year’s National Recovery Month, make your DUI a chance to turn your life around and help keep others sober behind the wheel.