(05) Addictions & Relationships
There are many relationships that on the brink of divorce, because of addiction. Over the years, I have dealt with people who are suffering from addiction to: pornography, internet, alcohol, drugs, shopping, and even gambling. Unless the addiction is stopped the relationship will be destroyed and families will be broken up.
Three Steps to Dealing With Addiction
First, I will help you (the person who is exploring the addiction question) understand what is going on emotionally. Often times, addictive behavior is a reaction to stress, anxiety, hopelessness or even depression.
Second, we will take a look at the impact of the addiction on the person’s partner.
Third, together we will develop practical strategies of getting past the addiction and having a normal productive happy life.
We will do our counseling either individually, as a couple or a combination of both approaches. Together we will determine which will be the most effective in your particular situation
If you would like more information give me a call at 1-888-281-5850. Phone coaching is also available to folks unable to see me at my office. Ask me about the for folks who are having economic challenges ask me about the $95 Introductory session
Here is an article that will relate to the partner of someone who is addicted. (Are you Co-Dependent?)
Regardless of whether or not it is alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling or the Internet,it is hard to have a partner that is an addict. Addiction affects personal relationships, communication, parenting, finances and work life
Oftentimes, a non-addict believes that this problem is best resolved by getting his/her partner to admit and deal with the addiction and participate in therapy (Information on non-traditional treatment for addictions is available at DrMartyTashman.com). A bigger challenge however, is for the non-addict to think about ones own needs and behavior. It is important that the non-addicted partner consider these questions:
- What do you want and need from this relationship?
- How do you need to be treated?
- Am I being a good partner by being supportive (but not enabling) and understanding (but not rationalizing)?
- What am I going to do that is not dependant on my partner’s behavior? Read more