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How does a married couple who are both in the throws of addiction get treatment?

by Julie
(Salt Lake City, UT United States)

My husband and I did meth for over 7 years together and we did eventually quit as I went into a inpatient treatment program that cost 10,000 dollars??? What addict has that kind of money, with parents that helped. I was there for 30 days and it is not enough time and the outpatient program did not seem to help me.

But I stayed clean from meth but about a year later started taking pain pills occasionally until they stopped working. My husband started drinking right when I went in for treatment and has not stopped since. I stepped out on him right before I went into treatment and slept with a guy and he numbed those feelings with alcohol.

Well it isn't working anymore and he is on the brink of insanity. I dealt with his stress by starting to do meth again 14 months ago. I don't see how both of us can get the treatment we need, we barely have enough money to pay our mortgage and our family has no more money?

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Start going to meetings
by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Julie,

I have seen many couples where both are able to overcome their addiction but it will take all of your energy and strength to do so.

You must start going to meetings three times a week. Go to AA meetings and Al-anon meetings to learn how to deal with your addiction and also to help deal with your husband's. Often once you begin going to meetings your husband will also likely start to go too.

Find a GOOD sponsor as quickly as you can and start working the steps. Work the steps DAILY and begin to understand yourself and your husband.

Get in touch with your higher power and allow Him to begin to work in your life. Try to really concentrate on the first three steps:

Step One: We admitted that we were powerless over drugs/alcohol--that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step Two: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God, as we understand Him.

These steps will work if you work them!


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