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Turning the devastation of a DUI into a positive outcome

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2022 | DUI |

If you have been convicted of DUI in Washington state, you know how devastating it can be both personally and financially. In a best-case-scenario, no one was injured during the infraction. Getting a DUI, though overwhelming, can be used as a positive turning-point to reconsider your personal alcohol usage.

It may be time to reconsider your alcohol usage

Getting a DUI can often be an indicator of over-consumption of alcohol. Of course, this is not always the case, and sometimes a DUI is the result of an occasional overindulgence for a special event.

There are a few instances in which you may want to reassess your alcohol usage. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, it may be time to slow down or completely cut out drinking altogether.

  • Do you ever feel out of control when drinking?
  • Have you tried to lessen the amount you drink but were unable to?
  • Do you feel guilty or regretful the next morning after drinking?
  • Do you often feel a strong urge to have a drink?

It may be time to ask for help

After getting a DUI, you may feel embarrassed to reach out to friends and family, but there is no better time to ask for help. This is especially true if you have tried unsuccessfully to quit drinking in the past.

It may be time to pick up new hobbies

It might be the right time to start training for that marathon you never thought you would do. Picking up a new hobby with positive outcomes is a great distraction. Focusing on your fitness, meeting with a therapist, attending AA meetings or volunteering for local non-profit organizations are beneficial ways to begin moving forward with your life.