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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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Annual Cost of Drug Addiction

September 25th, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “Annual Cost of Drug Addiction”

Drug and alcohol use causes American taxpayers an annual $740 billion dollars from cost related to crime, loss of work and health care. Excessive alcohol use cost our nation $223.5 billion. Prescription abuse will cost us cost $78.5 billion. And when it comes to tobacco, we will end up paying $300 billion per year.

Nicotine and Alcohol Cost Adds Up

Legal drugs often are the cheapest drugs because they are easily obtained. When it comes to smoking a person who is addicted to nicotine can spend thousands of dollars a year on his or her habit. The national average of a pack of cigarettes is $5.51 but can be as expensive as $13 in New York City, according to Fox News. On average a regular smoker smoke a pack of cigarettes in a day. Thus, even if you are in the state with the cheapest prices for cigarettes which is $5.25 in Missouri the annual cost of smoking will be $1916.25 a year.

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The other legal drug is alcohol, which also costs the average user thousands of dollars per year. If a person were to drink a 6 pack of beer, averaging about $9 a day, they would end up spending around $3,300 annually, I think we can double, triple, or quadruple the cost here when discussing real alcoholics. So how do drug addicts and alcoholics manage if cigarettes and beer are over $10,000 annually? I have a short answer for this… THEY DON’T!!

Illegal Drug Costs are Outrageous

Illegal drugs tend to cost more money because they are more dangerous to make and obtain. Furthermore, their pricing is not regulated by the government. When it comes to cocaine a gram will cost around $60. This means to maintain a high, an addict can easily spend anywhere from $1,500 to $3,700 a week on cocaine. Flavor Flav, a high-profile rapper in the 90s, told Rolling Stone that he spent $5.7 million dollars in 6 years to support his cocaine addiction. In regards to heroin, a single dose which is 0.1 gram costs $15 to $20 dollars. The estimated cost of a person who is dependent on heroin tends to spend $150 dollars a day on their habit.

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“that our lives would become unmanageable”

Unaffordable, unmanageable, insane? Absolutely, but these are just a few of the words that come to mind when it comes to the finances involved with drug use. The second part of step one uses one of those words (unmanageable) to explain the internal condition that addiction creates. As a result of this internal condition, things on the outside, including relationships and finances start to deteriorate.

Addiction is Still on the Rise

Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse in the United States are somehow rapidly rising, despite the efforts of many. This will be an issue in this country and throughout the world until the end of time due to the money involved with legal and illegal drugs. The problem is within each individual struggling through the woes of living the fix to fix, drink to drink, one day to the next, addict/alcoholic lifestyle. That way of life is tough to survive, however, Serenity Springs continues to prove it is possible to recover from drug addiction!

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The Fine Line Between Helping and Enabling

May 2nd, 2017 Posted by Awareness, Blog, Disease of Addiction 0 comments on “The Fine Line Between Helping and Enabling”
The scenario that is replayed so often when it comes to addressing addiction is families believing they are helping their loved one when in reality they are making things worse. (more…)

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The Serenity Solution to the Financial Burden of Treatment

January 25th, 2017 Posted by Blog, Recover, Treatment 1 comment on “The Serenity Solution to the Financial Burden of Treatment”
Getting yourself or someone you love into treatment can be the single most life-changing and meaningful event in that person’s life. Although the costs of addiction and alcoholism outweigh that of treatment, in the long run, coming up with the funds to get someone admitted into a worthwhile facility often seems like an impossibility. (more…)

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