If you have been arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or some other criminal offense related to alcohol or drug abuse, it is important to use the time between arrest and resolution of the case to self-reflect and improve. Unless you are 101% innocent of the charge(s), there is at least some aspect of your conduct that attracted law enforcements attention and landed you in handcuffs. If that involves alcohol, drugs and/or mental health issues, there plenty of things that you can do to better yourself and show a court of law you are taking your problems seriously.
First, get evaluated for your drug and alcohol issue. Even if you don’t think you have such problems, it’s good to have professionals check you out. They may agree with you! Listen to them and read their report. Follow their advice and recommendations.
Second, if you know drugs and or alcohol are a problem, it is likely that a criminal charge isn’t the only problem they have caused in your life. Under those circumstances, I recommend getting evaluated, joining AA or NA and possibly getting treatment. Don’t wait. Life won’t get better if you are still drinking or using.
Third, quite often I encounter dual diagnosis scenarios. These are problems where addiction or abuse covers for a mental health issue, like depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD, ADHD, or a different disorder. A person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can go to all the treatment they want, but if the underlying mental health problem isn’t being addressed, they will not likely gain anything from the experience. Worse, they will likely encounter legal difficulties again. Be certain to explore recovery options AND mental health help if you know or suspect that you need it. There is no shame in asking for and getting that help.
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