The harm caused by drug addiction is far reaching. Family and friends feel the pain and experience the devastation right along with the addict. Often, the person most harmed by drug addiction is the spouse of an addict. He or she usually feels helpless and suffers the pain and agony addiction brings, even without using the drug. Addictions tear marriages apart and disrupt the lives of everyone involved with the addict, especially those who are close to the drug abuser. Watching a loved one suffer from addiction can lead a spouse to label him or herself as the cause of the addiction.
There is hope for both an addict and his or her spouse to stop the cycle of addictive behavior. TheCyn.com offers holistic wellness and support for addicts. The first step to getting a spouse help is to admit the addiction is a problem. Often, spouses of addicts need to seek help and support for themselves before they can try to help their loved ones seek recovery options. The spouse needs to be open and honest with the addict, communicating both good and bad feelings and sharing the painful truth with the drug abuser. Hiding the pain and emotional scars caused by a spouse’s addiction does not help the addict.
A bond of trust needs to be built between the addict and his or her partner in order for true healing to take place. There is a lot of emotional, mental and physical healing that must take place for an addict to overcome his or her problem. Family members need to be supportive if an addict is going to seek and carry out the recovery process. Once trust and support have been made apparent, an addict is more likely to willingly go to a treatment facility.