How to protect your mental health after an OWI

After getting arrested for drinking and driving you could face penalties that affect your finances, reputation, employment and future. These can be difficult to cope with, especially if this is a first-time offense.

In Iowa, according to the state legislature, you could face penalties for OWI if you operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level at or above 0.08%. As you wait for your hearing, there are several steps you can take to help yourself mentally cope with what lies ahead.

Rely on your support system

After an OWI arrest, you may not want to see or speak to your close friends and family members. However, try not to push these people away and accept help from them whenever possible.

Limit alcohol consumption

If you start feeling sad and depressed, limit your reliance on alcohol, as this is a natural type of depressant. If you suspect that you have an addiction to alcohol, consider seeking professional help and treatment.

Do your research

It may seem like it is easier to not think about the OWI penalties you face and the impending legal process. However, doing your research and understanding what is to come can help you feel empowered and confident.

Coping with the legal process and penalties associated with an OWI arrest and conviction can be difficult on a mental and emotional level. Be patient with yourself during this time and remember that even though an OWI conviction may be hard to handle, you can still move forward.