Putting an Alcohol-related Driving Offense Behind You
5 Ways You Can Get Your Life Back
After an alcohol-related driving conviction (DWI, DUI, OWI, or OVI), you might feel like your life has hit an all time low. When you’re dealing with court dates, attorney meetings, and interlock service appointments, you’re probably thinking this ordeal will never end. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to steer your life in a different direction as well as build your self-esteem.
Pick up a new hobby or two
If you were a social drinker in the past, you could find something to occupy your time to replace the time you spent drinking with friends. Many experts say that the key to quitting a habit is simply replacing it with a healthier activity. And hey, it never hurts to try something new! Outdoor activities, reading, gardening, or any other activity that you find fun could replace drinking and avoid the chance of getting another alcohol-related offense.
Find a way to give back
Another way to stay busy is to find an organization you can support. Maybe it’s a local animal rescue, a food bank, the Red Cross, or some other non-profit organization. Focusing on the needs of others might give you the opportunity to spend time doing something good instead of drinking. Also, you will feel better about yourself and your role in helping others.
Seek out professional help
If your issue is more serious than just social drinking, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) works for many people who are convicted of drunk driving and will qualify if the courts mandate ongoing support in the form of peer support groups. However, the 12-step process doesn’t work for everyone, and that’s okay. If you feel that you need more help than what you’re getting at your group meetings, then think about reaching out to a professional.
Getting an alcohol-related, driving conviction is often a classic sign of a serious substance abuse disorder. This is especially true for someone with repeat offenses. If you’re ready to get your life back on track after your conviction, it might be time to consider rehabilitation. Sometimes, judges see this as a positive sign that a defendant is ready to change.
Ignition interlock devices
When installed, ignition interlocks reduce arrest rates for impaired driving about 70%. The majority of states have ignition interlock programs. If you are eligible for an interlock program, the LifeSafer Ignition Interlock Team is ready to help you get started. Give us a call at 800-634-3077 and we will guide you through the process of regaining your freedom to drive. Or, sign up online at lifesafer.com.
It’s important to learn from this experience, and it’s important to grow from it too. If you finish your program but decide you want to keep an interlock device in your car, it will help stop you from driving under the influence. That keeps you safe as well as others on the road.