EHow reports “Substance abuse in a marriage is like throwing a pebble in a pond because of its ripple effect. Other than the abuser, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy states that the person who often pays the greatest price in this situation is the spouse. The cost of substance abuse is more than financial as couples in relationships in which a partner abuses drugs and/or alcohol are generally less happy than other couples with marital problems.” According to Top10stop.com, substance abuse is among the top ten reasons couples divorce. Drug addiction not only affects the addict, but the family unit as a whole.
In the beginning, a drug user will attempt to withhold their drug use from friends and family. They will begin to suffer the effects of their own dishonesty and guilt. They may become withdrawn and difficult to reason with. They will sacrifice their personal integrity, relationships with friends and family, jobs, money, and anything else they may have in an attempt to acquire more drugs or drink more alcohol. The family suffers and relationships with a spouse become volatile or non-existent. Approximately 8% of divorces are due to substance abuse, typicaldivorce.com reports.
The addicted person is trapped and whatever problem they were initially trying to solve by using drugs or alcohol has now faded from memory. At that point the use of drugs or alcohol has become obsessive. They lose the ability to control their usage, and completely disregard all the consequences of their actions. And the consequences are grave. Husbands and wives often want to get out of the relationship and away from this strange and cruel person. The person they fell in love with, is no longer the person to whom they are married. This person is destructive, selfish, lazy, angry, secretive, and very often unfaithful. What if there was a way to find the person the addict used to be? How can he or she go back in time? There is an answer.
Narconon Louisiana is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility that focuses on healing every aspect of an addict. The staff is dedicated to rehabilitating men and women in body and mind. They also focus on the family unit and significant work is done to mend this as well. It is possible to reconnect and to survive as a healthy and happy family. If you or your loved one are dealing with addiction, call our hotline now. Call 1-800-473-0930 for proven drug abuse solutions.