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Hidden Cost of DUI: Physical, Psychological, & Emotional

November 30th, 2019 Posted by Alcohol, Awareness, Blog 0 comments on “Hidden Cost of DUI: Physical, Psychological, & Emotional”

The DUI Cost is Often Steep

When one is arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, they will most likely need a DUI lawyer. They can usually expect to face harsh consequences which may include jail time. Most likely  hefty fines at a minimum if convicted in court.

The DUI cost, however, becomes exponential when a drunk driver gets involved in an accident. Aside from the financial cost, a drunk driving crash can bring physical, psychological, and emotional effects. These effects may become a burdern on everyone involved in that person’s life.

Impact of Drunk Driving Accidents

Anyone surviving a drunk driving crash with minor or no injuries can be considered fortunate. Many car crash survivors, however, can hardly be regarded as lucky with the type of physical injuries they sustain.

Some of the most heartbreaking injuries suffered during drunk driving crashes involve damages to the brain. Survivors with traumatic brain injuries may not ever fully recover. Some are unable to see, speak, talk, walk, or even eat on their own. These damages happen so fast, but they may last for the remainder of that person’s life.

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Aside from the head & neck, the chest, spine, legs, and knees are also vulnerable in car accidents. It’s will take time for victims to recover from injuries to those areas, if they recover. They are likely to experience chronic pain long-term as well.

Psychological Cost of DUI & Drunk Driving Crashes

A drunk driving crash is a traumatizing event, especially when it results in death or serious injury. Survivors tend to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affects millions of Americans every year.

Those with PTSD can show symptoms of:

    • irritability and restlessness
    • insomnia and night terrors
    • anxiety and irritibility
    • lack of focus and concentration
    • emotional/mental numbness and boredom

Certain activities like riding or driving a car can also trigger flashbacks. This might make that person feel they are reliving that traumatic experience again. Anything that may remind them of the incident that brought on this condition (i.e. similar news reports, seeing another survivor).

Emotional Effects of Drunk Driving Accidents

When drunk drivers involved in a deadly car crash survive an accident, they might feel guilt. This is usually due to deaths and injuries they have caused. This shame or guilt will be hanging over their heads for some time after. Some even feel overwhelmed to the point of suicidal thoughts. If you know anyone experiencing these thoughts please call the suicide prevention line at 1-800-273-8255.

Other survivors of a drunk driving accident may experience guilt as well. This might happen even when they were not at fault. They are likely to experience mental and emotional stress due to surviving the crash, knowing others were not as fortunate. It’s also common for survivors of a drunk driving accident to feel angry. Especially against the drunk driver who caused the crash.

Drunk driving accidents can take a toll on those involved. Survivors will need all the support and help they can get to overcome the physical, psychological, and emotional damages. It will take some time to recover. However, with the help of a professional treatment center and intensive therapy, survivors of drunk driving crashes can still lead a normal, happy life! Serenity Springs provides those services at our Men’s Drug Rehab in Edgewater, FL and our Outpatient & IOP in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

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How Addiction Makes it Difficult to Quit Drugs and Alcohol

March 19th, 2019 Posted by Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “How Addiction Makes it Difficult to Quit Drugs and Alcohol”

Addiction makes it difficult to quit drugs and alcohol, and puts a person at risk of developing serious mental and physical health problems. Drugs and alcohol hijack the brain and change the way the brain works to control a body’s functions. Eventually, the brain becomes dependent on the drugs and alcohol and needs more of the substances to make the individual feel comfortable.

Drug and alcohol use interferes with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which release increased levels of dopamine. This causes the individual to experience pleasurable feelings. Quitting drugs or alcohol alone is not recommended.

Ending drug use alone can cause intense withdrawal symptoms, depending on the type of drug used, duration of use, and the severity of addiction. Some withdrawals from drugs such as heroin will cause flu-like symptoms. The uncomfortable and sometimes painful withdrawals can influence a relapse and increases the risk of overdose or death.

Many people use drugs or alcohol to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression. Drugs and alcohol can increase the symptoms of mental health problems. When drug or alcohol use stops, the person can feel very sick and experience strong cravings. Medication-assisted detox is a safe and more comfortable way of quitting drugs and alcohol. Medical professionals can monitor the detox process and manage medication if needed.

There will be challenges during detox, rehab, and throughout the lifelong recovery process. Support groups and meetings provide a great network of other people recovering from addiction who can give advice and encouragement.

In recovery, an individual needs to learn how to live without substances to cope. People, places, and things associated with drug or alcohol use must be avoided. Meeting people in support groups can lead to new, sober friendships. Strategies for staying away from things that can cause a relapse will help avoid some difficult situations.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help now. Addiction is isolating, but you are not alone. Make the life-saving decision to get help today.

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”

~ Elbert Hubbard

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