How can I help my husband end his addiction?

How can I help my husband end his addiction?

by Sara

My husband is an addict and seems to not want to get help but keeps coming back home and then leaving again. I’m not sure what to do because he has been abusive lately. He has 2 cases on this.

What can I do to help him?

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The drugs are in control

by: Debbie Wicker

Dear Sara,

Your husband sounds like he has two problems both related to his drug addiction. The first problem is that he has tried to stop but has lost control and CAN’T stop using.

The second problem is anger. Anger is very serious because it tends to escalate and if not treated can lead to very dangerous circumstances for you and anyone else living in the home.

Drug addiction is a disease of the brain and changes the addict allowing them to do things they NEVER would have done before. In your husbands case, it seems to have triggered anger and violence. Your husband needs both addiction treatment and anger management treatment ASAP!

From your message it sounds like he isn’t listening to you at all. You need to support him but also you MUST protect yourself from him.

I recommend that you contact a Women’s shelter in your area and meet with them. Explain the situation and get a recommendation from them about what your best next steps are.
They understand domestic violence and may be able to give you the support you need.

I can tell you as a trained mental health counselor I’m very concerned about your safety and the safety of everyone else in the home. It is important that you take action quickly because your husband’s condition is likely to worsen until he gets treatment for his disease.

I also recommend you go to Al-anon meetings in your area. Go to as many as you can and get as much information as you can about addiction. Many there have been where you’re at and should help guide you through the process of helping your husband but at the same time also helping and protecting yourself. Churches often host meetings and are a great place to go for them.

Good Luck and may God Bless you and your husband,


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