Thinking About Rehab After a DUI?

Today’s post comes from Chris Elkins, a writer and researcher for He has five years of professional writing experience and has been covering health-related topics for more than one year. He has a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership with a certificate in health communication leadership.

rehab-after-a-duiIf you’re arrested for driving under the influence, it doesn’t mean you’re an alcoholic. Likewise, attending rehab for alcoholism doesn’t mean a person received a DUI or suffered any other legal consequences from drinking.

But a DUI is a reality check that alcohol is causing problems in your life. One of the most noticeable signs of addiction is suffering negative consequences or side effects and continuing to abuse a substance. If you received a DUI and you still feel compelled to drink — or to drink and drive — you should talk to a health care professional about rehab.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, other signs that you should consider rehab for alcohol addiction include:

  • You crave alcohol during or after stressful situations.
  • You’ve have memory problems after drinking.
  • Friends or family have criticized your drinking habits.
  • You’re unable to stop drinking once you begin.
  • Your work, school or personal life has suffered after drinking.
  • You’ve suffered withdrawal symptoms, like headaches or shakes, when you stop or decrease the amount you drink.

Sometimes treatment is court-ordered. Mandated treatments include alcohol educational programs, referrals to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, supervised probation, presentations by survivors of alcohol-related accidents and rehab.

The effectiveness of court-ordered rehab is usually dependent on a person’s willingness or motivation to attend treatment. However, studies indicate court-mandated treatment is as successful as or more successful than other reasons for entering rehab.

It’s relatively common reason to seek treatment for addiction. A large portion of treatment admissions are court-ordered, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Whether it’s court-ordered or voluntary, you should be open to seeking treatment if you have received a DUI. Receiving a DUI means it is time to turn your life around, and there’s help available to those who are open to it.


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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). Court-Mandated Treatment for Convicted Drinking Drivers. Retrieved from:

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