Whether you’ve been with someone for a month or for ten years, you likely want the best for that person and for yourself within the relationship. However, this can be made vastly more complicated if he or she has a problem with substance abuse. How can you navigate these tricky waters and, if it comes to it, help to guide your partner toward addiction recovery?
When a Partner Needs Addiction Recovery Aid
It’s clear that an addiction involves more than just the person who is struggling with a drug or alcohol problem. This means that someone who is involved romantically will, of course, be a part of that experience. Keep in mind that “when supporting a partner who is in active addiction to alcohol or other drugs, it’s critically important that you also take care of your well-being.”
This means finding a way to help your loved one while also balancing your own needs. This is something that caretakers in other situations often have difficulty with, since it can be easier (or appear that way) to throw oneself entirely into the other person’s struggle. However, without a solid foundation of health and stability from which to work, you won’t be able to really help the person, or people, that you care about. This certainly applies to anything from being there in the day-to-day and through getting them into some kind of recovery program.
To begin with, you should try and “set boundaries” that define what should and shouldn’t be considered acceptable behaviors. You don’t want to suffer in silence if your partner is doing something that deeply bothers you, but you also should avoid reinforcing any behaviors by allowing them to continue. For everyone’s comfort and sanity, you should sit down as early as possible and clearly determine some “ground rules,” at least when it comes to these kinds of instances. An example of this would be agreeing that no intoxicated/high/etc. people should be allowed in your home at any time.
As we’ve discussed many times before, continued education about substance abuse, addiction recovery, and more are absolutely crucial to being able to help a loved one who has these issues. “By doing this, you are not only empowering yourself to make well-informed decisions, but you are also ready and equipped with information when your partner decides they are ready to seek help.” To this end, you can find a lot of resources online, enroll in local health courses, attend a training course for the use of Narcan, and much more. If you need somewhere to start, then you can find and speak with a health professional to get some direction.
If you’re both open to it, then you should absolutely ask after outside support and aid. Your partner may not want to do so, but this is one of the best ways to get help, despite the heavy stigma and shame that are still perpetuated in our society. Overcoming that won’t be easy, but it’s part of the addiction recovery experience for those really seeking help.
To learn more about how you can support your partner through an addiction without sacrificing your own needs and health, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]