Overcoming a DUI and Getting Back on Your Feet
People make mistakes. How you overcome the errors youâ€™ve made, though, can help you grow as a person and build an even better life. If you have a DUI on your record, trying to overcome that mistake can be difficult.
So what can you do?
1) Get help if your DUI is the result of an addiction.
Sometimes, a DUI is a single bad choice. Other times, it is part of a pattern of poor decisions made while drinking. If your drinking is starting to affect relationships, your job or your life, itâ€™s maybe time to reach out and get help. Contact local Alcoholics Anonymous chapters, your doctor or a treatment center to get started on the road to recovery.
2) Get support.
Getting a DUI can be overwhelming. Seek support from friends, family or a professional counselor to get back on track. Deal with the trauma and other emotions you may be feeling. If you are struggling or find yourself depressed, seek help from a medical professional. You donâ€™t have to try to resolve the problem on your own.
3) Forgive yourself.
Even if you’ve made a terrible mistake, it is important to forgive yourself and move on. Forgiving yourself doesn’t mean that you forget, and it doesn’t mean that you will make the same mistakes in the future.
4) Use your DUI to make your life â€” and other lives â€” better.
Donâ€™t let your DUI simply be a mistake. Pledge to never drink and drive again, become an advocate against drunk driving and help others make better decisions. You could save someone’s life by making your experience a lesson and changing how you act moving forward.
5) Get legal help.
Even if you made a mistake, that doesnâ€™t mean you donâ€™t deserve compassion or legal help. Even in cases in which you have been drinking, you may not deserve the harshest penalty. You may not even be guilty under current laws in your state. Immediately after youâ€™re charged, get legal advice and representation to defend yourself legally and protect your future. An experienced attorney will protect your interests. Remember: You are innocent until proven guilty.
Keep in mind that a DUI on your record or multiple DUI convictions can affect your ability to keep your license. In some cases, convictions can make it harder to secure a job. Seeking help and legal advice is important in protecting your life and family.
While no one wants to be charged with a DUI, itâ€™s not the end of the world. In fact, it can be the start of a new chapter of your life â€” a chapter in which you make better decisions and build a better life for yourself and your family. Just make sure that you seek help after your DUI and work to make your life better.