Having an addicted spouse can be frustrating and emotionally draining. You may even feel like giving up on your partner and your relationship. Before you decide to get separated or divorced from your partner, however, know that there could be a way to save your marriage: residential addiction treatment.
Drug & Alcohol Addiction: What You Need to Know
If you’ve never dealt with an addiction yourself, it can be hard to summon the hope that addiction treatment might actually work for your spouse. It’s likely that your partner has told you time and time again that they can and will stop — only to fail and leave you disappointed yet again.
What you need to understand, though, is that addiction is a disease. Just like any disease, it needs to be treated professionally. If your partner has struggled to stop drinking or using drugs, it’s not because they don’t want to, or because they are weak. It’s because they are sick. You can help your spouse get treated for their disease and overcome their addiction with the right help at Acqua Recovery.
Time for an Intervention? Approaching Your Loved One About Substance Abuse
If you’re ready to talk to your loved one about getting help for addiction, there are some tips to keep in mind. You may feel riddled with anger and resentment towards your spouse because of the effects their addiction has had on both of your lives. An intervention might seem like the time to air out all your frustrations with your loved one and finally let your emotions loose. However, keep in mind that it’s a delicate process and you’ll need to approach your partner in the right way to make them receptive to getting help. Approach them in a loving manner and consider showing them a few residential treatment options to make them feel as if they have some say in the decision to seek treatment for substance abuse. In the meantime, to learn more about what you can expect when your partner is in a rehab program, check out our guide, HERE.
Helping Your Spouse Seek Residential Addiction Treatment
All addiction treatment programs are not created equal and that’s why it’s imperative that you find the right residential treatment program for your partner. Acqua Recovery is a dual-diagnosis addiction treatment center, which means we’ll help treat your partner’s addiction as well as the underlying issues that are fueling their substance abuse. Our evidence-based program consists of individual and group therapy, life skills groups, and experiential activities for your spouse to learn healthy communication, relationship skills, and coping mechanisms to replace drugs and alcohol.
Simply getting clean and sober isn’t enough to mend a relationship, but it’s a start. Recovery from substance abuse takes time and you’ll need to have patience with your spouse as they heal from past rooted trauma. Residential treatment is where your loved one builds the foundation for their recovery. Then with our intensive outpatient program and/or sober living program, we’ll help your partner transition back to the real-world, while giving them the tools and support they need to stay clean and sober.
You also will need treatment and healing, too. Consider attending a support group like CODA (Codependents Anonymous), or finding a counselor to work through your own feelings about your partner’s journey.
It is possible to save your marriage, but mending your relationship issues can’t happen until your loved one has gone through residential addiction treatment and gotten clean and sober. Reach out to our caring admissions team — Matt, Brian, and Ashlee — to learn more about how you can help work towards a better life with your spouse.