How to Support a Spouse without Disrupting His or Her Addiction Recovery
You want your spouse to overcome addiction, but how should you go about helping? What should your role be in your spouse’s recovery? Should you be there every step of the way or give your loved one some space in Portland? How can you avoid being the enabler? If you have children, how far should you allow your family to get involved?
Practical Tips for Dealing with an Addicted Spouse in Portland
The following are tips for helping a husband or wife begin the addiction recovery process:
- If you haven’t already, enlist the outside help of an interventionist to guide you through the addiction recovery process.
- Lay down the law. Give your spouse an ultimatum. Tell your husband or wife that there will be absolutely no drug use or addiction-related behaviors in the house.
- Watch your money. After a married life full of trust it may be difficult to come to grips with the fact that your spouse will steal to continue abusing drugs or alcohol. To avoid enabling open a separate bank account and go paperless.
- Don’t nag, blame or make your spouse feel guilty for an addition that is no longer under his or her control.
- Be careful not to overcrowd your loved one, but try to be consistently supportive and loving.
If your spouse has completed a recovery program or is currently in recovery, keep the following in mind:
- Keep in touch with the rehab facility’s drug and alcohol addiction counselor.
- Get involved in family or marriage counseling with your spouse and tackle the heavy issues head on. There will be a therapist to mediate discussions between you and your spouse helping you draw closer together and understand each other better.
- You should speak with your spouse’s addiction counselor or sponsor about actively participating in your loved one’s addiction treatment program.
- Be with your loved one as often as necessary.
- Do not isolate yourself. Hang out with old friends, stay busy and maintain your personal life in Portland.
- Find a support group for family and friends of addicts. Support groups provide empathy, advice and encouragement.
- If you have kids, remember that they come first.
Find Help Supporting an Addicted Husband or Wife in Portland
You can call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day. We are here whenever you need to talk with one of our recovery counselors. We can help you support a recovering spouse or provide you with options for helping a spouse who is currently using drugs or alcohol. Please call today.