Cope with Addiction
How To Cope With Your Partner’s Addiction?
Cope with Addiction: According to a survey conducted by National Survey on Drugs Use and Health, estimated that over 20 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and out of that, more than 12million are struggling with an addicted partner. Managing a loved one’s drugs or alcohol addiction can be one of the most significant trials in marriage. But those who have Substance Use Disorder (SUD) face a tougher challenge to overcome their addiction. Living with an addicted spouse can be so tricky that many marriages end up in separation. Sometimes couples get offended or confused by the suggestion of visiting a therapist. It is essential to visit a therapist before it’s too late.
Hard truth you need to understand
The pathway to healing and recovery from addiction is a journey that can progress over the years. If anyone is addicted to drugs or anything, it’s not a character fault or an indication of their weakness and much effort, and most importantly, will power are needed to deal with the problem. It is tough to recognize and accept that you have a problem and you need to change yourself. It is normal to feel unsure about whether you are ready to start recovery and do whatever it takes to quit.
Tips how to cope with your partner’s addiction and how counseling can help
Ask for help
Don’t suffer in silence and deal with the daily mental and physical trouble with living with an addict. You should always reach out to your family, friends, or anyone you trust for help. In such cases, a therapist can be the best option you can think of. Edmonton Counseling Service helps addicts to recover and resolve the issues with their partners through counseling and therapy. We have experienced professional psychotherapists who use solutions and techniques to help your partner come out of the disease. It also enables you to learn about the process and risk factors for relapse.
Open the line of communications
Most addicts become increasingly secretive and isolated because of the shame that goes along alcohol and drug addiction. Sometimes their partners also leave them with a grave sense of loneliness. Being a psychologist myself who has worked with several addicts and their partners, in such a scenario, it is crucial to handle the situation with acceptance, empathy, and patience. It is not only helpful for a spouse with an addiction, but also a healthy strategy for one’s self-care.
If your partner conveys interest in attending a recovery program, show your support and talk to them about the kind of support they need. You can visit the Edmonton counselling Service clinic and contact me to know more and educate yourself about how to communicate with your spouse during the therapy period. We are also equipped with various methods to help you connect with your partner and understand the needs.
Enabling an addiction
Sometimes bailing someone out of the sand can dig you deeper into it. While counselling addicts, I have noticed that often a non-addict partner unintentionally enable the addiction, and when both of them are addicted, it becomes difficult for either to quit. It also includes lending money, covering up, taking care of the addict’s responsibility, etc. Enabling an addiction always makes the situation worsen, and even it is done with good intentions. Visit Edmonton Counselling Service for your relationship problems where I can help both the partners to become aware of these enabling behaviors and help them to break these enabling patterns.
Take care of yourself
As you have heard while traveling in planes, it says, “Put your oxygen mask first before helping others.” You won’t be able to help your addicted partner if you can’t help yourself. Marrying someone who is struggling with addiction can be both mentally and physically exhausted. Make sure you maintain your self-care routine as much as possible. You can also contact the Edmonton Counseling Service for any advice to keep you healthy.
The addiction to your partner might always make you anxious because you want your partner to change quickly. But the change in addiction often takes time. It is a slow process, where we help the addict to realize his/her behavior is harming the marriage through various therapeutic methods. Sometimes it takes time finding the right path of recovery, as different addicts need different solutions to recover. You need to cultivate a great deal of patience and have trust in me, as I can provide the best treatments for your problems.