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This is my story: "I was an alcoholic."

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This is my story: "I was an alcoholic."

POSTED ON: 04/20/2022

In our line of work dealing with interlock devices, we meet so many people whose lives have been forever changed by their decision to drive after drinking. Ignition interlock device customers tell us all the time that they wish they could go back to the day they got a DUI and make a different choice.

But interlock users or people who have received a DUI or DWI are not the only ones affected by alcohol. Alcohol use and overuse cause so many problems for so many people.

This is the story of just one of those people:

"I chose my child."

They started dating during what both considered a very fun stage of life. They both enjoyed alcohol, partying, and even recreational drug use. It was all just for fun, just two people old enough to make their own decisions but young enough to not have too many responsibilities getting in the way. Then everything changed.

What made her change her path?

From the time she took a pregnancy test when she was 24 years old, everything in her life changed. It wasn't an immediate or easy change, she acknowledges that she wasn't ready for a baby and had lots of doubts about whether she could handle being a mom at that point in her life. After a lot of soul searching and praying for guidance, she chose her child. She gives credit to her first pregnancy for getting her sober and keeping her on a better path. She stopped using alcohol and drugs and tried her best to get ready for the next stage in her life. Despite the rough start to the pregnancy, the baby was born happy and healthy.

Alcohol Awareness

For many of us alcohol is "no big deal". We love a margarita with dinner or occasional drinks with friends but we can't really say it affects our life much. But that's definitely not true for everyone. This is just one story of just one person whose life has been affected by alcohol. 

Reach out if you need help

As long as you won’t be getting behind the wheel, it’s probably fine to enjoy that after-work cocktail or a few beers at the fishing camp. But if you or someone you know has trouble keeping the alcohol intake at a healthy level, it’s time to get help. Smart Start of Alabama offers tools such as ignition interlock devices to help with voluntary and mandated alcohol monitoring. We are here to help.

Need interlock services?

Are you looking for a specific interlock device installation location? Smart Start of Alabama has locations in cities such as:

Interlock in Andalusia | Interlock in Birmingham | Interlock in Boaz | Interlock in Decatur | Interlock in Foley | Interlock in Mobile | Interlock in Montgomery | Interlock in Opelika | Interlock in Sheffield | Interlock in Tuscaloosa

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