Driving under the influence

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Chronic alcohol users reach an inevitable crossroad at one point or another – to drive while impaired or not. The addictive condition includes suppressing emotions and thinking it’s normal to drink alcohol or use drugs. 

As addiction spirals, the number of activities we engage in while impaired increases. These situations may include recreational hobbies, workplace environments, and behind-the-wheel of a motorized vehicle; all can be dangerous and even life-threatening. 

The addicted mind goes to great lengths to rationalize this endangering behavior. For example, one might tell themselves, “nothing matters anyway; why not go for it?” Indifference to this extent is extremely dangerous, not only to the individual but to their family, co-workers, and other drivers and passengers on the road.

Sobriety matters. Here are some tips to help you avoid driving under the influence.

Think first

One of the biggest regrets people experience after receiving a DUI is wishing they had stopped to think longer about their decision.

The stakes of receiving a DUI or risking a severe traffic collision are not worth the perceived convenience of driving. So, first, consider the pros and cons. Then, when you have weighed your options thoroughly, think about it again. 

Without using a breathalyzer or having the means to measure substance intake, there is no way to gauge your capacity to operate a vehicle. However, by contemplating your decision, fellow drivers will make it home safe, and the people in your life will understand.

Communicate with a loved one

If you’re slightly concerned about driving, always contact someone (even if you’re sober). Of course, this isn’t a guarantee the person is equipt to help, but at the very least, hearing yourself voice the concern will likely go a long way towards influencing your decision. 

The simple act of verbalizing our inner thoughts brings them into existence. Ideally, the person you tell may be able to provide a means of transportation. After telling one person, communicate your plans with another if possible; this ensures safety by casting a wide enough net; you expand the likelihood of securing either a ride or a safe method of getting where you need to go.

Designate a driver

It never hurts to designate a driver when you know you’re about to enter an environment with alcohol. However, this can lead to potential justifications for indulging in alcohol or substances, making it less ideal. 

Rather than flat-out asking someone to drive, you can always confide in someone you trust, like a sponsor or close friend who has graduated from a recovery program. This communication could help prevent the temptations of use from arising in the first place. 

Ridesharing apps

In 2022 it’s easier than ever to find a ride. Numerous apps allow users to schedule rides with minimal effort, and more traditional public transportation is available in many locations. 

These are convenient and easy to access alternatives for anyone anxious about driving. Ensure that you have your phone charged and the rideshare app downloaded to schedule a ride before you leave home. 

Remember, you’re capable of empowering yourself and sticking to your morals. If there’s even a remote intuition urging you to reconsider driving home, the least you can do is revisit your decision.