Get Help Now!  

  800.815.3910 

  Available 24/7   

The road to recovery starts here! Trusted, confidential help available 24/7. Speak with an addiction treatment specialist anytime. Please call us now at 800-815-3910!




Emotionally broken by my spouse's addiction?

by Camille

Need to know how to deal with addiction of my spouse. So emotionally hurting.

Comments for Emotionally broken by my spouse's addiction?

Click here to add your own comments

No quick fix
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Camille,

Watching your spouse destroy their life from addiction has got to be one of the most emotionally difficult challenges that a person can face.

Because addiction is a disease of the brain, it changes a person so that they will do ANYTHING to get their drug of choice. If you can get them to stop using they will return to the person that you know and love, but while they're using you can't trust anything they say or do.

Getting support for yourself is essential to heal the emotional scars you are suffering from their addiction. Individual and group therapy can be very helpful for you.

Grieving your spouse's addiction can often trigger a severe depression in you and support from a professional counselor will help. Depression is very serious and harmful and should receive counseling treatment along with medications if necessary. Visit your doctor as soon as possible for an assessment and support.

I would also recommend that you join Al-anon and find meetings that you feel supported at. Al-anon can help you to understand what you're dealing with and also help you to make decisions about which next steps are best for you.

Finally, I would try to find Celebrate Recovery meeting at a local church in your area. They usually meet once a week and can be very therapeutic in helping you to strengthen your spiritual connection at a time when it can truly help.

Good Luck,

Debbie

Click here to add your own comments

Do you have a question or story? It's easy to ask your question or submit your story. How? Simply click here to return to Your Question.





and Finally Remember:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8






Recent Articles

  1. My ugly heroin addiction!

    Mar 24, 17 09:12 AM

    I am a 20 year old female and I am addicted to heroin. I started using opiates when I was about 17 and wasn't really addicted until I was 18. I haven't

    Read More

  2. My Anonymous Confession

    Mar 23, 17 09:20 AM

    What you are about to read is ridiculously and the first confession and admittance of my secret self. I am 27 and live in Brighton. I have a large group

    Read More

  3. Feel like I'm all alone...

    Mar 22, 17 09:37 AM

    I have been addicted to opiates for 12 years. Started out with pain pills and progressed to IV heroin in the last year, when the pills proved to be too

    Read More


Follow on Twitter or Google+