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Can Drug Rehab Heal My Marriage Between Me and My Addicted Spouse?

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If you love someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you probably understand the stress, anger, worry, and frustration that surrounds this condition. Addiction is a serious disease that can wreak havoc on a person’s entire life. The addiction leads to damage to a person’s emotional and physical wellbeing, can lead to life-changing financial and legal trouble, and puts an incredible amount of strain on their important relationships. It robs people of the chance to fully participate in their lives or plan for the future.

Addiction forces people to lose sight of what is important in their lives and turn all their attention towards the disease. As a result of this, people who once had fulfilling lives and loving relationships may quickly turn away from what is positive and become more isolated or distant. It can be difficult to know how to help, but your spouse must get treatment for their addiction before it is too late. When both you and your spouse are committed to treatment, rehab can help repair your marriage.

If you are married to someone who struggles with substance abuse or addiction, or you want to go to rehab to save your marriage, know that you are not alone. Help is available for both partners in a relationship affected by addiction.

What is it Like to Live With an Addicted Spouse?

Addiction changes people and makes it nearly impossible to have a healthy relationship. Whether you lose your connection with your spouse, suffer abuse, or engage in enabling behaviors that exhaust you, an addiction usually becomes the focus of a relationship. Married people can no longer work as partners, plan for the future, or enjoy their marriage.

Everyone has their own experience in their partnership with an addicted spouse. Generally, people who live with an addicted spouse feel most stressed, less connected, and may have intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, or anger. Their marriages may also be burdened by lies and dishonesty. They are also:

  • More likely to experience sexual, physical, and emotional abuse
  • At increased risk of serious legal trouble
  • More likely to have financial difficulties related to their spouse’s addiction

It is important to keep in mind that no one chooses to develop an addiction. However, you do not have to enable or accept it. If you live with an addicted spouse, effective addiction treatment is available. Drug and alcohol rehab programs can address the challenges you’ve faced while living with your addicted spouse to help restore your marriage.

Addiction professionals believe that there is a definite link between addiction and divorce. First, it seems like common sense: if one person in the relationship is addicted, it is very likely that the relationship is not a healthy, fulfilling one.

Second, we know that divorce is most common at the age of 30. Addiction is the most common in people aged 25-34. It is thought that the higher rates of addiction in this age range contribute to the similarly high rate of divorce.[1]

In the United States, about 24 million people either struggle with addiction or live with someone who does.[2] The effects of addiction on the divorce rate, especially among people under 35, can’t be overlooked.

Only a small percentage of people who require addiction treatment get the help they need. It is possible that if more people went to drug rehab, more marriages would survive an addiction.

Can a Drug Rehab Program Save My Marriage?

One of the most important aspects of finishing an addiction treatment program is finding a good reason to commit to sobriety. For many people in rehab, saving their marriage is their most important goal. Having the support of a spouse can improve a person’s chance of completing rehab and staying sober for the rest of their life.

Addiction treatment programs help people learn the skills they need to overcome their addiction, but it also includes:

  • Learning skills to cope with stress
  • Family therapy to identify and heal harmful beliefs and patterns
  • Identifying triggers
  • Learning how to communicate more effectively
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Helping their spouse identify enabling behaviors
  • Teaching loved ones new, healthy ways to offer support

When a person goes to rehab, they are committing to not only helping themselves but helping to save their marriage. With the right support, both partners can heal and build a healthier, more fulfilling future together.

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Find Help For Your Addicted Spouse Today

If you or your spouse or partner need treatment for an addiction, you do not have to carry this burden alone. Help is available at Woburn Wellness Addiction Treatment. We believe that people can recover from their addiction if they get the support and treatment they need. We also know that addiction affects both partners in a relationship, and we offer supportive services for the whole family. If you have been putting off getting the help you know you need, don’t wait another day. Call today to speak with one of our caring admissions counselors.


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5928459/
  2. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/cbhsq-reports/NSDUHNationalFindingsReport2018/NSDUHNationalFindingsReport2018.pdf
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Inessa Maloney, MS, LMHC has been dedicated to the mental health and substance abuse field for a decade, providing her expertise to guarantee quality and accuracy.

  • Specializes in outpatient services with a focus on substance abuse
  • Expertise in reality-based therapy, CBT/DBT, and motivational interviewing
  • Holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling
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