If you are married to an addict, you know that addiction does not just affect the addict. Your spouse’s addiction infiltrates into every area of your life and marriage.
You may have to deal with your spouse lying, cheating, or stealing in order to fuel the addiction. Your spouse may lash out at you verbally or physically. Finances may become strained when your spouse loses his job, and you bear the burden of supporting your family. You are the one the police calls, when they arrest your spouse for a DUI or discover the overdose. Every moment of the day can seem filled with worry and fear.
spouses of addicts and alcoholics may love their partner but feel hurt, betrayed, and frustrated when they look at the addict and think “Can’t you see what you’re doing to us? Why won’t you stop using?” or “If you really loved me, you would stop.”
Counseling for spouses of addicts and alcoholics
Addiction is one of the greatest challenges a marriage can face. Often, these marriages end in divorce. But divorce is not inevitable. Counseling for spouses of addicts and alcoholics can help you cope with the emotional toll of your spouse’s addiction, repair your relationship, and learn how to best help your spouse.
Often, spouses of addicts and alcoholics become fixated on the belief that the only worthwhile aim is getting their spouse to achieve complete recovery and sobriety. While sobriety is and should always remain the ultimate goal, counseling can help spouses of addicts achieve a variety of beneficial outcomes, including:
- Your spouse does not enter into treatment but learns healthier patterns to better function and cope.
- You learn how to better respond to your spouse’s drug or alcohol abuse.
- Through couples counseling, you and your spouse strengthen your relationship and learn how to support each other.
- You learn the strategies and tools to launch a successful intervention with your spouse.
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If you are the spouse of an addict, it is crucial to not only help your partner but also yourself. Contact us today to discover how our experts in substance abuse treatment can help.