Divorce. The word looms over your relationship as you try to make sense of how you got to this point. Your best friend, partner-in-crime, and lover has departed from the person they were when you started dating. They’re deep in, unable to uphold their half in the relationship because they’re addicted to a substance. You’ve tried to help, and they’ve made many promises to change, but they just can’t stay consistent. Wellness retreats for addiction may help save your marriage.
Marriage in the US
The numbers are extreme for addiction and so are the numbers for divorce. It’s reported that over 24 million people in the US have a substance addiction. When it comes to divorce, there are slightly over 2 million marriages in the US per year and slightly under 800,000 divorces in the US per year. A marriage encountering an issue with addiction is unfortunately common, so ensuring there is a healthy dynamic is vital.
Addiction and marriage
Substance abuse can come with a lot of baggage. People who are addicted to substances like opioids and stimulants are often so preoccupied with scoring the next fix that they become absorbed in their own universe, neglecting the relationships in their life. This can gradually wear out a marriage. Additionally, drug use can disrupt intimacy, intensify stress, increase domestic violence, and lead to financial troubles. Partners of addicts may also feel like they come second and will resent their partners.
In many cases, addicts in marriages unknowingly enable each other and so addiction is untreated for a long period or if at all. A person in a marriage may try to save the marriage by helping their addicted partner but may actually be hurting the relationship. When an addict is supported emotionally, physically, or financially, their partner could be enabling them. This can look like allowing the addicted partner to vent and treat the other partner in any manner their change in mood dictates, lending money to the addict, providing resources for the addict that they can no longer manage to provide themselves–anything that pushes the addict’s responsibility onto someone else.
In order for a person to successfully break patterns of addiction, they need to stop being enabled. It’s best that they are cut off and sent to inpatient rehabilitation care. A wellness retreat is a holistic approach to rehab. It is focused on treating people with substance use disorders so that they can rescue their life and their relationships. It helps with codependency as well and treats underlying triggers for addiction such as anxiety, stress, depression, and trauma. In wellness retreats, an addict will go through detoxification administered by doctors followed by physical and psychiatric evaluations. A tailored plan will then be made for the addicted partner so that they can safely be released from the grip of addiction. The plan may include talk therapy, group counseling, alternative therapies like yoga therapy and art therapy, prevention education, and sober activities.
For more information on wellness retreats for families of addicts, call (844) 663-4747.