Emotionally broken by my spouse's addiction?

by Camille

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

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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

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