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National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month

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Every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designates the month of December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. The NHTSA’s goal is to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs while encouraging people to make safe and responsible choices when it comes to their own safety and the safety of others.

In 2018 alone, more than 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States. This is a sobering statistic, especially when you consider that these deaths are entirely preventable. Choosing to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs is a dangerous decision that puts yourself and others at risk.

If you or a loved one struggle with drugs or alcohol, Northpoint Seattle could help. Our team of addiction specialists can create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. We offer a variety of services, including individual and group counseling, outpatient care, and aftercare planning. We also have several resources with alcohol and drug information that can help you inform your decision about addiction treatment. Call us today at 888.483.6031 to learn more about how we can help you on the road to recovery.

The Dangers of Drunk and Drugged Driving

Drunk and drugged driving is dangerous because it impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Alcohol slows down your reaction time, decreases your coordination, and impairs your judgment. Drugs can have similar effects, depending on the type of drug you’ve taken. Both alcohol and drugs make it difficult to concentrate and pay attention to your surroundings.

All of these factors increase your risk of being in a car accident. In fact, drunk driving crashes are not only more likely to happen, but they’re also more likely to be severe when they do occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 38% of all traffic deaths in 2016 involved drivers who were alcohol-impaired.

Impaired Driving Statistics

In addition to the 10,000 annual deaths caused by drunk driving, there are also thousands of injuries caused by impaired drivers every year. In 2016, one million people were injured in drunk driving crashes in the United States. That same year, 29% of all traffic deaths involved drivers with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher—the legal limit in all states.

The Importance of Outpatient Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love struggles with alcoholism or drug addiction, it’s important to seek professional help. At Northpoint Seattle, we offer outpatient addiction treatment programs that can help you recover from substance abuse and get back on the road to health and wellness. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs.

Start Recovering at Northpoint Seattle

If you’re ready to take the first step on your journey to recovery, we encourage you to contact us today at 888.483.6031. We offer a variety of outpatient treatment options, including

  • Outpatient program (OP) – This program is designed for individuals who need some structured addiction treatment but do not require 24-hour supervision.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP) – An IOP is designed for people who need significant support and structure but do not require 24-hour supervision.
  • Partial hospitalization program (PHP) – This program is designed for individuals who need a high level of care but can benefit from living at home while receiving treatment.

We also offer dual diagnosis treatment for those who struggle with both addiction and mental illness. No matter what your situation may be, we are here to help you recover and live a happier, healthier life.