Drug Addiction Treatment for Couples
Couples and Drug Addiction
Understanding Drug Addiction
How Does Drug Addiction Affect Relationships?
Every relationship that encounters drug addiction is doomed to fail. Relationships where at least one partner is struggling with addiction, are likely to have more conflict than usual. Drug addiction can cause trust issues, hurt, and anxiety – for one partner or both. These issues ruin relationships over time, leading to a loss of happiness and, eventually, relational failures, not just romantic ones. Here are the effects of drug addiction on relationships
Violence and Abuse
Couples' Drug Addiction Statistics
Couples' Addiction Treatment Process
Detoxification is usually the first step in couples’ addiction treatment. Detoxing from drugs involves removing substances from the body and controlling any withdrawal symptoms that may arise. It could take a few days to several months to complete the process.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Principles of Effective Treatment, Behavioral therapies are the most effective and commonly used forms of therapy for drug addictions.
Couples Addiction Treatment Types
Self-Help Support Groups
Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT).
Recovering Couples Anonymous (RCA)
Recovering Couples Anonymous is a couples rehab group for couples fighting addiction and broken relationships. It promotes forgiveness and atonement for bad behavior through a 12-step program.
Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT)
Goals of BCT
Core Issues that BCT Focuses On
- Managing triggers and cravings
- Anger management and emotional regulation
- Accountability and mindfulness
- Trust issues
- Intimate partner violence
Couples' Inpatient Rehab Program
Inpatient couples rehab programs provide structured treatment that addresses all aspects of a couple’s addiction. The couples live in a substance-free facility and receive medical and therapeutic support during inpatient couples addiction rehab. Couples facing chronic addiction and those suffering from a co-occurring mental or behavioral condition will benefit from inpatient rehab.
Couples Outpatient Rehab Program
Another type of comprehensive drug addiction treatment for couples is outpatient couples rehab. Like the inpatient rehab, many of the same effective treatments and therapies are available. The only difference is that the patients remain at home in outpatient rehab while recovering.