Driving under the influence of alcohol can be a life threatening choice, for the intoxicated individual as well as any other person that is driving on the road with him or her. A DUI is given to individuals who are driving with a breath alcohol content of 0.08 for drivers over the age of 21 in the United States. Many states have specific drug and alcohol rehab programs for individuals who are first time offenders, to allow the person a chance to attend treatment before being faced with the full penalties for a DUI. In reality, any person that drives while drunk is in need of some form of substance abuse or addiction treatment. The mere danger of making this choice, points to the urgency and immediate need for treatment.

DUI Penalties

Individuals who drive while drunk pose serious threats to themselves and others. There are a number of penalties for individuals who get DUIs. Some of them can include the following examples:

• Suspended license
• Revoked license
• Paying a large fine
• DUI noted on one’s driving record
• Sentenced to jail
• If the DUI resulted in injury and/ or homicide, the person may be sentenced to time in prison.
• In some states, a person must use a license plate clearly indicating that the driver has obtained one or more DUIs.

It is important to note that each state is different, and handles DUIs somewhat differently. The severity of the situation, without taking legal matters into account, remains the same across the nation: driving drunk can lead to death.


The first step in recovering from any type of substance abuse or alcohol abuse is to undergo a detox process. This process will cleanse the individual’s body of all abused substances. For people struggling with alcohol use disorder, it is highly recommended to undergo the detox process in a medically assisted detox facility or at the very least attend a medically supervised detox program. Habitual alcohol abuse can result in severe withdrawal symptoms. A medically assisted detox facility has the ability to prescribe certain medications that can help ease some of the discomforts associated with one’s withdrawal symptoms. It will also provide the individual with twenty-four-hour access to a medical professional. A medically supervised detox program will also provide a person with around the clock supervision. Though not all medically supervised detox programs will be able to offer medications to assist with one’s detox and easing one’s withdrawal symptoms. Detoxing is unpleasant and can be very challenging. Having an extra set of eyes and support throughout the duration of the process can be beneficial for the individual as well as insure his or her safety.

Outpatient Alcohol Rehab

Outpatient programs are an excellent choice for individuals who must continue to meet outside commitments (i.e. attend school, work…etc.). Outpatient treatment programs will enable an individual to reside at home while attending a substance abuse or addiction treatment program. They typically require a person to attend the program for a certain number of hours, daily, over a specified duration of time lasting between fourteen days to three months.

Inpatient Alcohol Rehab

An alternative to outpatient treatment programs is inpatient substance abuse or addiction treatment programs. An inpatient program will require an individual to live at a treatment facility for the duration of the program. This gives an individual a fully immersive experience with his or her treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs commonly last from three weeks up to six months, depending on the program. There are many different treatment formats for individuals who are in need of alcohol rehab. Regardless of the type of treatment that is selected, it is essential to stick to the path of recovery.

Further Information

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please seriously consider getting help as soon as possible. Addiction can be an incredibly damaging disease and the sooner help is received, the better. For further information on substance abuse or addiction, feel free to reach out to us at: https://www.victorias-house.com/contact-us/ or 1-800-210-1216. You are also more than welcome to email us at info@victorias-house.com. We are happy to answer any questions and provide any information you may be looking for regarding substance abuse and addiction.



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