Addiction is a disease that can have a devastating impact on those closest to the addict/alcoholic. When you’re living with a spouse or family member who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you’ve likely grown accustomed to dysfunction. Without intending to – and perhaps without even realizing it – you may have assumed some unhealthy roles, such as enabler or codependent spouse.
Giving Support: Being There for a Spouse or Families in Recovery
Early recovery is sometimes the most challenging time for a married couple or family because of all the significant life changes happening in the first year of sobriety.
You can be there for your spouse/family member by taking the following steps:
- Educate yourself
- Get support for yourself and spouse/family member through counseling
- Peer support
- Work on keeping the lines of communication opne
- Be patient
- Praise your spouse/family member's progress
- Prepare for setbacks
- Don’t take relapse personally
- Spend time getting to know each other again
For most families with a spouse/family member in recovery, life doesn’t magically fall into place without a lot of hard work by both partners. Recovery can deepen the bonds of marriage, but only if you take care of yourself and each other. Through counseling at The Personal Growth Center we can help you identify unhealthy patterns and learn more positive ways to get you and your spouse/family member's needs met.