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Understand the link between depression and DWIs

Undoubtedly, there is a strong relationship between DWI arrests and a person’s relationship with alcohol. However, this link is perhaps only scratching the surface of the main problem. A study carried out by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) has found that more than half of those who are charged with driving while intoxicated have been diagnosed with a mental illness in addition to suffering from addiction.

Those statistics are only addressing those who have been diagnosed. The study also found that almost 60% of repeat DWI offenders had experienced severe mental illness, for example, major depression or bipolar disorder. If you have recently been arrested on DWI charges and you are also experiencing depression, it is important that you understand the link so that you can get the help you need.

Mental health issues affect every aspect of your life

Dealing with depression can affect your career, your relationships, and your choices. In trying to deal with the pain that you are feeling, you like many others may try to self-medicate with alcohol. However, attempting to do this never solves the root problems and can have serious repercussions if you abuse it.

Prioritizing your mental health

Ultimately, your mental health and happiness are more important than even a criminal charge. If you are feeling depressed, you should seek guidance from a medical professional. Depression is highly treatable through medication and therapy, and when you get the right help, you can start to feel better very quickly.

Addressing your responsibilities

If you have been arrested on DWI charges, you have the responsibility to address this. You have the right to defend yourself, and by doing so successfully, you’ll have the opportunity to get your life back on track. The earlier you take action, the more time you’ll have to form a strong defense.

Are you ready to stand up and fight so that you’re able to have these DWI charges dismissed? Take action to defend yourself today.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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