Couples in Addiction & Addiction Recovery

Addiction and substance abuse can tear your relationship apart. Maybe you are tired or the lying, sneaking around, cheating, or lack of trust in your relationship. Both partners in a couple are affected by addiction, even if only one person in the couple is addicted.

Research shows that couples addiction counseling can help with substance abuse, as well as the relationship problems. This isn’t about couples work replacing you or your partner’s individual recovery. In fact, I recommend that all couples impacted by addiction focus on both themselves and their relationship.

Relationship stability is a major indicator of long term sobriety.

Addiction leads to a divorce rate 4x higher than average, and we know that the first year of recovery is extremely hard for couples. While addiction is often referred to as a “family disease,” current approaches in recovery typically do not provide treatment approaches that address or account for the relationship between addict and partner. Couples therapy for addiction and addiction recovery addresses this concept.

I want to help you take care of the three recoveries in your life: each partner’s recovery and the relationship recovery, and help create long-term recovery for you and your relationship. 

Addiction Impacts the Couple

As a therapist, I view addiction as a family disease. I work with couples where one partner is addicted or the couple is currently in addiction recovery. Using the Gottman Method, I provide couple’s with a structured, reliable form of treatment and assessment. This type of therapy aims to increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understandings, and to keep conflict discussions calm. We will work together to help you build a happy and stable relationship that is based on joint recovery. The therapeutic process is often focused on repairing old wounds, creating new communication patterns, working on enabling, setting new boundaries, and creating a new normal in recovery.

How Couples Addiction Counseling Can Help

Clients lives are changed dramatically throughout active addiction and in recovery. It can be difficult to acknowledge and admit to relationship problems, but the greatest healing can come from a couple working through their relationship problems together.  This may include:

  • addressing patterns of lies and secrecy
  • acknowledging and healing from current or past affairs or infidelity
  • seeking and granting forgiveness
  • ending patterns of abuse

You and your partner will use couples addiction counseling to create a new life based on recovery and trust.

Could you benefit from couples therapy for addiction? Set up a free, 15 minute phone consult with me today.