Coping with Injury

Substance Impaired Driving

Substance impaired driving can be defined as the use of alcohol and/or drugs to the point where the driver is considered impaired in such a way so to be unable to drive safely and is a danger to themselves and others on the road. Substance impaired driving crashes cause hundreds of thousands of injuries each year to victims/ survivors who, through no fault of their own, must now cope with the aftermath of a crash.

Complicated Feelings and Reactions

When you have been injured in a substance impaired driving crash you may have many different physical and emotional consequences you might never have expected. You may be experiencing physical pain beyond anything you have ever felt before. In spite of the pain, you may rejoice simply because you are alive. Or you may truly wish that you had died, feeling that freedom from your pain would be a blessing. Your mood may

vary and life may seem unbalanced. How you feel about your future may depend on your emotional and physical pain, success or failure on any

Your feelings may change from hour to hour or day to day.

given day, and the amount of hope you have for the future. You may fluctuate on a daily

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