DUI Enforcement Continues in Columbia, SC

As the summer winds down, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is focusing on DUI enforcement. The department will be pairing with local law enforcement agencies to launch the annual "Sober or Slammer!" program, which began Aug. 20 and ends Sept. 7. SCDPS asks that motorists call highway patrol if they see an impaired driver on the road. As of Aug. 20, almost 600 people died on South Carolina highways this year, compared to almost 500 in 2014. Col. Mike Oliver says alcohol remains a factor in many of these crashes. The latest DUI statistic show that 335 people died on state roadways in alcohol-related crashes.

If you drive impaired, you are a likely candidate for a DUI. Under South Carolina law, you can be fined anywhere from $400 to $1,000 and have your driver's license revoked for six months. If you think having a cocktail before getting behind the wheel is harmless, think again. Get help for alcohol abuse by contacting alcohol rehabilitation centers in Columbia SC where you can receive help locating a treatment center. Here are some tips on how to stay sober after you've gone through treatment.

Volunteering

Staying sober through service to others has been proven effective in keeping ex-addicts on the abstinence path. Recent research shows helping others brings significant physical and psychological benefits to the helper. The benefits of altruism (the practice of concern for the well-being of others with no thought of anything in return) for people who are in recovery for alcohol and drug addiction are positive. Research has shown people who volunteer report improved physical health, less stress levels and increased levels of feeling happy.

Addicts who help others, even in seemingly small ways, significantly improve their chances of maintaining abstinence. Those who attend 12-step meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous, can volunteer in helpful ways such as making coffee and cleaning up after the meeting.

Meetings

There is a maxim in treatment giving the advice that, once graduated from residential treatment, a person should attend "90 meetings in 90 days." Since the time immediately following leaving a residential treatment facility is the most vulnerable point for an abuser, meetings help support them to avoid relapse. Recovering addicts give support, structure, hold each other accountable and offer advice to each other in meetings. Peer support of this type has been proven effective in helping people stay sober. Meetings are a recommended lifelong commitment to sustaining sobriety.

Addiction recovery in Columbia SC can help you find the treatment you need -- and so can South Carolina Alcoholics Anonymous Area 62 (http://area62.org/). Call today.

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