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How to Help Your Spouse with Addiction TreatmentHelping your spouse with addiction treatment may be one of the most difficult things you can face. There is the confrontation, detox, rehab and a lot of emotion. However, there are ways to help your spouse through a successful recovery and on to a drug-free lifestyle. Do you research and get encouragement from loved ones and professionals. The more you know, the easier helping others can be.

Confront Your Spouse about Addiction

You may not want to start with a full intervention, as your spouse may not need it. Instead, you can talk to them about their addiction. You want to remember the following advice that will hopefully lead to a successful conversation:

  • Prepare for the conversation. Make sure you know about the drug they are taking. Some drugs may cause aggression or other behavioral changes. Knowing this information will help you prepare for any reaction that your conversation may cause.
  • Speak with love and confidence. Showing that you care is vital. Do not talk down to your spouse but rather show them respect. Many “good” people have addictions. Your spouse is no different, and he or she needs to know that.
  • Set boundaries. If you spouse is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction in front of your family, let them know that you are not going to let this happen. It is not healthy for you or your children to see this type of behavior. Also, let them know that you are not going to support this habit. Allowing them to continue taking drugs because they are afraid of withdrawal or rehab is unacceptable.
  • Call a rehabilitation center in advance. Call a rehab center to let them know that your spouse will hopefully be coming in sometime soon. These centers can also provide advice about approaching your spouse. They can give you more information about the drug itself and additional tips for a successful intervention.

Confrontation should not feel like a confrontation. It should be more of a conversation directed at how much you care for your spouse and for your family. You are only here to help them. Let them know that it hurts you to see them struggle. If they are still unwilling to go to rehab, you may want to think about setting up an intervention with other family members. Rehab counselors can help direct this meeting and in most cases will offer to come and be a neutral support.

Join Your Spouse in the Rehabilitation Process

If your spouse has decided to go through rehab, make sure that you are there for them during the entire process. You support and encouragement is crucial. You may want to learn about and be prepared for the following:

  • Detoxification. The detox process can be difficult for any user. Withdrawal symptoms are not pleasant, and many times loved ones can’t stand watching this process. They may break and supply the user with more drugs just so they do not have to witness the pain anymore. This only creates higher dependence, and the cycle will start again. Rehab centers help them ease the discomfort associated with detox. The best thing you can do is to encourage and comfort your spouse but not enable.
  • Counseling. Addiction is both physical and psychological. Counseling addresses the mental and emotional side of addiction and may involve family or couples therapy.
  • Ongoing encouragement. After initial detox and rehab, there will be ongoing counseling and therapy. One of the best ways for your spouse to stay clean is to be surrounded by support and accountability. You can play a large role in keeping your spouse off of drugs.

A drug-free lifestyle is within reach, but it takes work. In fact, it may take the rest of your spouse’s life. This doesn’t mean that they are going to continue to use, but they may be tempted from time to time. As long as you show love, respect and trust, you can help your spouse have a successful recovery.

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If you or your spouse has an addiction, we are here to help. Our trained counselors can help you approach your spouse and find recovery resources. We are available to talk 24 hours a day. Don’t do this alone. Call us today.