The New Year and holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year on the country’s highways and according to the AAA, 93.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more between December 22 and January 1, 2013. During the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, more people are likely to die in alcohol-related crashes than at other times of the year. Forty percent of these traffic accidents are likely to involve a driver who is over the legal limit for the consumption of alcohol.
In some instances, these accidents are the result of a lapse in judgment where a person gets behind the wheel without realizing he or she should not be driving. It’s possible to be over the legal limit for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) without exhibiting slurred speech and other signs associated with being drunk.
DUI Charge As Sign Of Substance Abuse
For other drivers, a DUI charge may be more than an isolated incident. For them, a DUI offense may be a sign of a more serious issue. A person who is dealing with a problem with alcohol addiction will usually also be exhibiting a number of the following signs:
- Ability to drink larger amounts of alcohol over time to achieve the same effect
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms (nausea, sweating, light anxiety or trembling) when alcohol use is discontinued
- Inability to control the urge to drink or breaking promises to others to cut back or stop drinking
- Neglecting activities that were once a source of enjoyment
- Difficulties at work or at home due to drinking
- Continuing to drink despite negative consequences, such as the DUI charge
Alcohol Rehab Provides Help And Hope For People Who Need It
A substance abuse problem can be treated, but many people resist admitting that they need help. It can take an event like a DUI for someone to admit that they are not handling their alcohol use as well as they think they are and the next step they need to take is to check in to an alcohol rehab facility for professional help. It can be challenging to admit that there is a problem, since alcohol is not only legal but socially acceptable as well.
There is a difference between a habit that someone is in control of and an addiction that has taken control of a person’s life. When the addiction is in control, the person is along for the ride. At this point, he or she is no longer in charge and will not be able to stop the behavior through willpower alone.
Don’t wait until a potential tragedy like a holiday crash occurs before considering alcohol rehab East Hampton which offers treatment for clients who are prepared to immerse themselves in the process and focus on their recovery. Contact us at 877-818-5539 to start a new life of healing and recovery!
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