Driving under the influence of alcohol is not only illegal, but also poses serious health and wellness risks to self and society as a whole. In 2012, 1.28 million Americans were arrested for driving under the influence. On average, there is one alcohol related fatality every 51 minutes. Sadly, about one-quarter of people arrested for a DUI are repeat offenders. Life after a DUI is often full of embarrassment and difficulties, but it should be treated as a learning experience rather than the end of the world.

Take Care of the Legal Issues
A DUI can be fraught with legal issues and hefty fines. Hire a lawyer that has experience with DUIs, like Bachus & Schanker Law, that can help you navigate the difficult and confusing time following your arrest. Once you know what needs to be done, take care of it so you do not have it hanging over your head and weighing you down mentally.

Take Responsibility
In the shame that often follows a DUI arrest, it may be tempting to make excuses and place blame on others. In the effort to pick up the pieces and move on, it is important to take responsibility for your actions and acknowledge your fault.

Driving under the influence affects those around you. Expressing your sincere regret can often go a long way in healing. Family and close friends often feel disappointed and betrayed. An apology can be a great start on the road to healing and forgiveness.

Seek Out Support
Clearly, if you have been arrested for a DUI, there are some drinking and/or impulse issues that need to be addressed. Seek counseling if necessary. It is important that you remove yourself from bad influences and temptations. Surround yourself with positive people that will help you make safe decisions.

Move On
Do not get stuck in the shame and depression that can follow a DUI arrest. Everybody makes mistakes and does things they regret. It is important that you do not get stuck. Consider doing something good that you enjoy to give back to society, volunteer, exercise, or take up a new hobby.

DUIs are serious and should be scary to the offender. It is important to forgive yourself, pick up the pieces, and make the necessary changes to ensure that your first DUI is your last one. Remember that cold showers, strong coffee, exercise, or greasy foods will not sober you up; time is the only thing that can sober a person up.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber