Step 1: Ensure this never happens again
One of the biggest problems in the US is drinking an driving. Many people get caught before they actually injure anyone, however, others don’t get off so easily. Thousands are killed every day and according to drunkdrivingstats.org, “when comparing first-time DUI offenders with repeat offenders, it was found that a person with a prior DUI has 4.1 times the risk of being involved in a fatal automobile accident”.
If you find yourself in a compromising situation when drinking, it is important to figure out the root cause so that you can prevent it from ever happening again. Whether you decide to quit drinking at all or invest in a low cost interlock, it is important to figure out a plan so that there is no next time. If the root cause of your DUI is because of an alcohol abuse and or addiction problem, then there are many various groups and rehab recovery centers that can help you fight the addiction.
Step 2: Keep yourself busy with success
After getting a hold of the root problem of your drinking, it is important to figure out how you can improve yourself even more. Not only will this DUI be on your record for the rest of your life, but there is a potential that it can impact the rest of your future, for instance with a career. Some companies will be less likely to hire someone with a DUI. This is why it is beneficial to start building up your resume and profile. If you create success for yourself, that will show future employers that you are serious about changing and that you are not defined by your DUI. For some, this may mean doing volunteer work, or starting college and getting a quality degree. For others, this may mean getting a grip on your health. Some may decide to work out and eat healthier as a way to show others that they care about their health.
Step 3: Change your friend group
The last step to change is cutting out all of the negative people in your life that may influence you to do things that will get you in trouble. Ask yourself the questions; was I with anyone who encouraged me to drive when I was drunk? Are my friends constantly partying? Are my friends holding me back from success?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then it may be time to consider finding friends who you can look up to. If you feel like your friends are holding you back, be honest with them and tell them that they are hurting you rather than helping. If they are good friends, they will stick with you and consider improving themselves. However, if they don’t care and don’t want to change with you then it may be time to let go.
Regardless of your reasoning for getting a DUI, there is always a way to change for the better. Focus on improving yourself and good things will follow.