Addiction’s Toll on Relationships

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Throughout the course of a relationship, a number of trials and tribulations can arise. If you’re with a significant other who has been struggling with addiction, you’re both bound to experience some major ups and downs – some of which can cost you your relationship, either purposefully or not. By recognizing some of the main obstacles you’re both facing, you will be able to work through them more effectively in therapy sessions at Avalon Malibu; addiction recovery can take a major toll on the relationship but by being proactive and learning about what you’re each going through during this extremely challenging time, you’ll both be better prepared to work together through this.

When addiction is involved, couples tend to be unhappy – and it’s easy to figure out why. Substance abuse tends to take more time away from the relationship, and once it becomes the reason for arguing, it can become a sore point for arguments over and over like this:

  •       A first argument about substance abuse occurs, typically with the partner who abuses substances not fully understanding the impact of their actions on their loved one
  •       One partner then abuses substances as a way of coping with the tension and stress from arguing
  •       Conflict escalates as both partners continue to repeat this pattern of being angry over substance abuse, with no real resolution addressed

In addition to this vicious cycle, couples may experience challenges with intimacy, trust, missed work related to substance abuse, episodes of domestic violence, finding out that couples are only thriving if they’re abusing substances together, isolation from friends, and more. Couples therapy is meant to help partners work through the harsh effects that addiction has caused in many areas of their life; at Avalon Malibu, couples who battle substance abuse can find greater clarity and direction for navigating one of the hardest hurdles that couples can go through.

Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 844-857-5992 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you – it’s never too late to begin taking steps towards a happier, healthier life. 

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