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When the high road leads to the lowest road of all

When's the last time you heard someone say they had the best year of their lives and they owed it all to drugs (or alcohol)? Chances are, you know more than one person whose life has utterly been turned upside down due to ongoing struggles with addictions. Perhaps that last sentence rings true only because you have experienced such problems yourself.

Studies show addiction to drugs and alcohol often bears substantial negative impact on all aspects of a person's life. From school to work, marriage and family life to friendships and other relationships, drug problems often lead to life problems in general. You might be one of many in Cincinnati for whom drug-related issues have also led to trouble with the law.

Have any of these things happened to you?

The world is obviously not a perfect place and no one in the world is perfect either. You may have had more than one lapsed moment of judgment in your lifetime. If drugs have anything to do with that, you've probably experienced one or more of the following negative effects:

  • Lack of money: Are you working non-stop and still unable to make ends meet?
  • Missing work: Maybe you've had one too many late nights that have resulted in being late for or missing work altogether.
  • Low function: Even if you make all your scheduled appointments on time, if you've partying too heavily, your cognitive skills could become significantly impaired.
  • Boss skipped you over: Were you expecting a big promotion, then you were shocked to learn it went to someone else? If so, you're not the first person this has happened to after showing up for work one too many times high or hungover.

Along with this short list of possible consequences in your professional life related to poor personal choices, you may be able to relate to others whose marriages and personal relationships have sorely suffered because of drug use or alcohol addiction.

Changing course to avoid potential problems

If you're tired of the same old same old when it comes to trouble in your personal life and career because of drug-related issues, there are several things you can do to steer clear of drugs and alcohol.

  • Decline any direct or indirect offer to purchase and/or use drugs.
  • Create a time management schedule to keep yourself busy in productive ways so as to avoid temptation to return to your old habits.
  • Develop a detox system that includes lots of physical exercise to improve overall health well-being.

Many say the beginning of a new year is a perfect time for setting new goals and resolutions. There's no reason you can't include your vision for a drug and alcohol-free future on your list.

When the law steps in

Maybe you are not a "party animal" at all, but have used marijuana in accordance with its legal medical usage in Ohio. If that has somehow led to criminal charges against you, or you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and arrested alongside everyone else present at the time, you might have your work cut out for you when it comes to fighting those charges.

The fact of the matter is regardless of how/why/when/where you were arrested and charged with a drug crime, you have rights and no law enforcement agent or court official may violate them. There are typically various strategies implemented in a strong defense. One way to explore all available options is to seek guidance from an experienced defense attorney.

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