Carolina Counseling Services - Addiction as a Marital Problem
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Addiction as a Marital Problem
It’s 2:00 am and you’re wide awake because your spouse is still not home. You are gripped with worry. If the phone rings to let you know your spouse has been arrested for DUI, it may not the first time. If you are the one struggling with addiction or substance abuse, your spouse may the one faced with this worrisome, even horrible experiences. If this persists, how much longer can you or your spouse hold on to your marriage?
Divorce and Addiction/Substance Abuse
Research shows that substance abuse is strongly linked to divorce. A study conducted by Amato and Previti in 2003* found drinking or drug use to the third highest sited reason for divorce, preceded only by infidelity and incompatibility.
While one does not necessarily cause the other, there is no doubt the two are strongly connected. Addiction may impacted your finances. Your family may become isolated from relatives and friends to hide the addiction and the associated issues. The entire family may not struggle with substance abuse, though they all may be affected.
Hurting the Family
Drugs and alcohol can destroy relationships, lives and dreams. When you or your spouse is abusing drugs or alcohol and it has reached the level of addiction, the home can become a stressful environment for everyone. This may add another dimension to your marital conflicts making them more complex. Quarrels can be more frequent because there are more reasons to argue – financial problems, irresponsible actions leading to damages even lawsuits, neglect of family and job, possible episodes of domestic violence and abuse while under the influence, etc. Most concerning of all, the possibility that the damage may even extend to your children.
The Value of Seeking Treatment
Conquering drug addiction and substance abuse is the first step, but it can be exceedingly difficult without professional help. There are several options for treatment including medication management and/or psychotherapy, though research finds that the combination of both leads to the most success. Entering treatment with the spouse and/or other family members will also likely increases the chance of successful recovery while diminishing the risk for relapse.
This will not only help to give each member of the family an informed perspective, this approach will also allow for the opportunity for those hurt to heal and begin working toward the possibility of reconciliation.
Healing and Preventing a Relapse
Many studies revealed that problems do not dissipate after the substance use has stopped. After recovery, many report experiencing a relapse surrounding a variety of issues including; relationship problems, family issues, work stressors, etc. Due to relationship issues often being cited as a precursor to a relapse it can be exceedingly beneficial for family members to be involved in treatment. Marriage counseling or family therapy can focus on both the individual as well as on problems affecting the relationship.
At Carolina Counseling Services, licensed independently contracted therapists enjoin couples to participate in therapy. The hurt and harm that may have occurred in the relationship can be addressed. After all, an enduring recovery from addiction and substance abuse can be made stronger by improving one’s support system. Eradicating drug use or substance abuse is only the beginning. Once sobriety is achieved, a reassuring compassionate relationship can be among the most solid element that can sustain it.
*Amato, Paul R and Previti, Denise. People’s Reasons for Divorcing: Gender, Social Class, the Life Course, and Adjustment. Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 24 No.5, July 2003 602-626.
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Carolina Counseling Services contracts independently with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to everyone. Carolina Counseling Services independently contracted therapists assist individuals, couples, families, and children with counseling services that will help put your life back on track. Working with both non military and military is a joy and the therapist you choose will be happy to assist you whether you are a "civilian", or if you are a dependent or retiree.
Counseling and Therapy are often used interchangeably in our English language. The same is true for Counselor and Therapist. It really doesn't matter which word you use. When you need help, it is best to talk to someone who is not only objective, but who has had lots of experience helping others who have been in similar situations as yourself. A friendly Counselor or Therapist who is trained, licensed and experienced is the one who can assist the most. You don't have to figure it out alone. All independently contracted therapists are licensed, friendly professionals. Call to schedule your appt now!
If we can't help you, we will be happy to refer you to someone who can. We look forward to assisting you!!!.
Evening and Weekend Appts Available with specific therapists
Evening and Weekend appointments: We have therapists available for appointments from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday. Some therapists have Saturday appointments available if requested.
Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Cumberland, Hoke, Bladen, Sampson, and Robeson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Hope Mills NC, Raeford NC, Rockfish NC, Sliver City NC, Cedar Creek NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Parkton NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Broadway NC, Pineview NC, Lumber Bridge, NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC.
Military Community areas: Ardennes NC Bataan NC, Casablanca NC, Anzio Acre, NC, Corregidor NC, Bougainville NC, Hammond Hills NC, Nijimegen NC, Cherbourg NC, Normandy NC, Bastogne NC, Pope NC, Ste Mere Eglise NC,
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