It’s true that a marriage can survive a drug addiction, but it’s also equally true that marriage relationships are always negatively affected by the addiction. Addiction is considered a family disease and it therefore directly impacts all non-using immediate family members. This causes great strain on a couple, both before and after drug rehab. Getting educated and informed about the different dynamics that take place in a marital relationship with an addicted member may assist couples with avoiding divorce.
Addiction encompasses a whirlwind of emotions that are unstable and intense. Toxic relationships begin to form. Different events surrounding addiction produce unwanted, uncomfortable feelings and thoughts.
Some harmful feelings are:
Hurting one another is a product of addiction and, once the addict decides to attend a substance abuse rehab, relationship issues still need to be worked on.
When an addict goes to addiction treatment, he or she will experience a flooding of emotions. Once detox is complete, addicts recognize how addiction has negatively contributed to the destruction of relationships. Non-addicts will also have to address a level of responsibility for their own behaviors during the active addiction.
Behavioral changes to be made:
Learning new skills takes practice and attending Lakeview Health’ family program will set the foundation for some of these changes to take place.
Seeing a relationship through the recovery process takes work but it is doable. When non-addicts are actively involved with their own recovery programs, the relationship can continue to blossom.
A healthy marriage relationship must contain:
It is common for dysfunction to attract itself. Addicts will pair up with non-addicts who have enabling qualities. Enabling qualities will seem attractive to an addict, but the enabling will contribute to his or her continued substance abuse. If the non-addict monitors the addict’s every move once he or she is back home from drug rehab, it will only contribute to a potential relapse. This is why it is essential for both parties to be accountable for how they contributed to unhealthy patterns.
Three options recovery relationships face are:
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