The legal consequences of alcohol
When an individual engages in drug or alcohol use in an abusive manner, the user places themselves at risk for an array of legal consequences. Ranging from minor to severe, these consequences should be considered before continuing down an abusive path. In this entry we will outline a few of the many legal consequences of substance abuse and addiction.
Driving While Intoxicated Can Lead To Rehab Or Worse
If the drug or alcohol abuser operates a motor vehicle while under the influence, that individual places themselves at risk for causing a lethal accident, jail time and license suspension. If convicted, those charged must pay a series of fines and attend specific classes to help them understand the dangers associated with their actions.
In some cases, a judge may require that those charged with DUI attend addiction rehabilitation centers to prevent and address an escalating substance abuse issue.
What Are The Legal Problems Addiction May Cause?
Addicts who do anything to jeopardize the safety of their children while under the influence of alcohol or drugs risk loss of custody. Family therapy is often recommended to help recovering addicts with legal problems; serving to mend the damage done to loved ones prior to rehabilitation.
Drugs and alcohol impact an individual’s perfection and reasoning, often resulting in increased violent behaviors, such as battery, assault and/or rape, which may lead to legal issues and fines or imprisonment.
If caught, an addict may face criminal charges based on the possession of the substance in question. Charges may include anything from probation to extended prison sentences and/or parole.
Most employers look for applicants who possess a clean criminal record. This is especially true for those hiring teachers, doctors, police officers and lawyers. If an individual has a conviction on their record, it may result in the loss of employment and/or future career opportunities.
If an individual has a criminal record, they may be prevented from acquiring various license types, including professional license (such as a medical or attorney license) or gun license.
Negative Consequences Of Choosing Substance Over Sobriety
In addiction, the substance in question becomes the focus of that person’s life. Family, friends and work associates typically ride in back – addiction sits shotgun. As a result, the addicts’ relationships become strained. These relationships are only deteriorated further by the behaviors and lies exuded by the abuser.
As addiction accelerates, the individual generally misses a fair amount of work. Additionally, a large portion of the money earned is wasted on their substance of choice. Many addicts eventually end up unemployed and unemployable. Finances go negative. Over time, the money issues only service to exacerbate the addiction.
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