Do I need Rehab if I got a DUI?

hqdefaultIf the person using illegal drugs or misusing prescription drugs -it can result in unsafe car driving. It is similar to driving while under influence of alcohol. Driving after abusing drugs may cause serious physical damages for the driver as well as for the passengers. In some cases drugged driving can lead to death.

Drunk or drugged driving is very dangerous! Every drug produces different effects in the brain. Some drugs (like marijuana) may decrease a reaction time, impair judgment, and slow your motor coordination. Other drugs (like meth or cocaine) cause the driver to be aggressive and reckless while driving. In addition, certain prescription sedatives can cause dizziness and drowsiness, which can lead to unsafe driving and potential accident.

A combination of multiple drugs may have even more negative effect on the person driving a car. It may cause “lane weaving” and impair the reaction time while on the road.

If a person has been stopped for driving under influence of drugs, alcohol or combination of both, he or she can be charged and possibly convicted for DUI. In many cases the judge will recommend you undergo drug or alcohol rehab treatment, as part of your sentence. For many people this could be a wakeup call to accept and understand that they may have a serious addiction problem. The habit forming nature of drug abuse is a problem that may be detrimental to you and others. Some people do not realize they have substance abuse issue until they get their first DUI.

Did You Know?

– The average age of first experimentation with drugs is 13, and for alcohol it is even younger. Drug use has been classified as a major problem for kids as early as fourth grade by the students themselves.
– Alcohol is the most widely used drug in America. It is the third largest cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease and cancer. Alcohol and tobacco use are a significant “risk factor” in heart disease and cancer. It accounts for over 100,000 deaths per year in this country alone. It is also the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24.
– Alcohol and other drugs contribute to over 50 percent of all suicides and over 50 percent of all violent crimes.
– Over 60 percent of admissions to emergency rooms are either directly or indirectly due to drug or alcohol usage.
– Over 50 percent of all traffic accidents involve the use of drugs or alcohol, with many of these being fatal.
– It is estimated that drugs and alcohol are a factor in at least 80 percent of domestic violence incidents.
– Alcohol and drug use contributes to 60 percent of all sub-standard job performance and at least 40 percent of all industrial accidents.
– Alcohol and drug addiction are treatable. However, it is our most untreated disease in the United States. It is estimated that 35 out of 36 alcoholics never receive treatment of any kind. This number is increased significantly when drug addiction of all kinds is included.
– More than 60 percent of college women who have contracted sexually transmitted diseases, herpes or AIDS were intoxicated at the time of infection.
– 28 percent of all college dropouts are alcohol users.
– Between 1986 and 1996, Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests were highest for 21-year-olds.
– Individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are involved in more than one-third of all alcohol related traffic accidents.
– 95 percent of all college campus violence is alcohol related.
– More than 40 percent of all college students with academic problems are alcohol users.

Checking yourself in to Rehab may be the wisest step you’ll ever take to overcome your addiction problem. For some individuals it may not be a full blown addiction problem, but they may already experience dependence on their specific choice of drugs or alcohol. Another example of somewhat unexpected addiction issues, may derive from improper use of prescription medications. Many patients end up misusing prescription medication by taking them for reasons or in ways, or amounts not intended by a doctor.

Drugs-and-Substance-Abuse-610While being stopped or apprehended for DUI, remember to consider getting evaluated by your medical health provider for a likely evidence of drug or alcohol addiction problem. No matter what stage or level of severity your possible addiction may be-there are multiple treatments available to help managing your cravings and drugs use. Your health care professional may refer you directly to a Drug Rehab Center for either in- or outpatient treatment program.

Due to the fact that drugged driving poses a high risk for accidents, public health experts urge drug and alcohol users to develop social strategies to prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a car while impaired. Steps people can take include:

Marijuana is usually rolled up in a cigarette called a joint or a nail. It can also be brewed as a tea or mixed with food, or smoked through a water pipe called a bong.

Cannabis is number three of the top five substances which account for admissions to drug treatment facilities in the United States, at 16%. According to a National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, kids who frequently use marijuana are almost four times more likely to act violently or damage property. They are five times more likely to steal than those who do not use the drug.

Marijuana is often more potent today than it used to be. Growing techniques and selective use of seeds have produced a more powerful drug. As a result, there has been a sharp increase in the number of marijuana-related emergency room visits by young pot smokers.

Cocaine Habit. Series of images dealing with addiction.

Cocaine Habit. Series of images dealing with addiction.

– offering to be a designated driver
– appointing a designated driver to take all car keys
– avoiding driving to parties where drugs and alcohol are present
– discussing the risks of drugged driving with friends in advance

 

Additional resources:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2011/10/31/what-should-you-do-if-you-get-pulled-over-for-drunk-driving-in-california/
http://www.health.am/psy/substance-induced-psychotic-disorder/
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/drugged-driving
http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs-cold-medicines

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Dr. Black Jones