It can be difficult to admit when you have a problem with alcohol. However, if you receive a DUI, it may be the event that gets you to face your problem and get the help that you need. For many, a stint in an alcohol treatment facility may lead to recovery from their addiction. It may also help in the resolution of your DUI case.
For first-time offenders, it may be possible to be placed in a diversion program that may result in your case being dismissed upon successful completion. This enables you to get the help that you need in a supportive environment to reduce the odds that you have additional run-ins with the law because of your addiction. In some cases, you may have your charge expunged, which means that your future isn’t ruined because of one bad decision.
An alcohol treatment center will work with the court to make sure that you take your rehab seriously. If you leave early or leave without permission, you could have probation revoked and spend time in jail. However, while you are going through a rehab program, you will have access to medical professionals who can help you detox and teach you coping mechanisms to ensure that you don’t drink again. Furthermore, most rehab facilities have mental health experts who can help you determine the cause of your drinking problem and the effects that it has on yourself and others.
Even if you face jail time or other penalties for a DUI, getting treatment reduces the odds that it happens again. This increases the odds that you are able to eventually regain your drivers license and hold a job or go back to school. Having access to these things will help you see your kids and provide for your family. Therefore, you should be open to seeking help even if it can’t keep you out of jail or help you from a legal standpoint right now.
There is never a bad time to seek treatment for an alcohol problem. Working with trained professionals can help you understand the scope of your problem and help you take steps that can lead you back on the path to sustained sobriety.