Recovery is a complicated process and highly unique to the individual struggling with a problematic relationship with substances. When a couple struggles with addiction and both members of the couple are dealing with personal substance abuse issues, it can further complicate recovery. Suppose only one member of the couple chooses to seek addiction treatment while the other continues to use. In that case, it becomes much more challenging, if not impossible, for the newly sober partner to avoid relapse after completing treatment.
Should I Go to Rehab with My Partner?
If both partners choose to forego treatment, it can inevitably lead to significant challenges for the couple down the road. Relationship challenges, financial difficulties, legal implications, and declining physical and mental health for both partners are often an inevitable outcome of ongoing addiction. However, when both partners choose to actively seek treatment, it could help them recover together while learning how to eliminate barriers to sobriety such as codependency and enabling. Family-oriented treatment approaches that include evidence-based behavioral therapies such as behavioral couples therapy can be highly beneficial for couples who live together and struggle with addiction.
What Are the Benefits of Inpatient Drug Rehab for Couples?
When couples live together, and only one member of the couple decides to make a positive change, it becomes nearly impossible to “stick to” when they are walking the road alone. When one member of a couple decides to change their eating habits yet watches their partner eat pizza and cake, it isn’t long before they succumb to cravings and their dietary changes are forgotten. Addiction is a similar yet potentially more dangerous situation. Relationships where both members of the couple use are common. Ongoing and worsening substance use can make it challenging for the couple to resolve challenges within the relationship without turning to substances. It can also further the emotional distance between the couple, increasing the use of negative patterns of substance use as a means of coping with emotion. In many cases, treatment becomes essential to defeat this perpetual and dangerous cycle.
When a couple has a healthy relationship, it can be highly beneficial for couples to go through treatment together. The power of their relationship can help further their dedication to staying clean (individually) and helping encourage their partner to stay clean. This support and encouragement in the relationship can help ensure ongoing and long-term recovery for the couple as a unit. Couples who share the same sobriety goals are less likely to relapse, and they work together to support each other during triggering moments. Inpatient rehab programs where couples can attend together help to reinforce the motivation to “get clean” together and support each other through the sobriety journey. Many treatment programs provide the opportunity for the couple to attend treatments and therapy sessions together, further providing the motivation and support each member of the couple needs to recover (together) from substance abuse.
Once a couple has completed rehab, they can work together to manage the challenges that often accompany ongoing, long-term recovery. Through a joint commitment to sobriety, each member of the couple can offer the other support and guidance during future challenges. They can also provide each other ways to stay on track, support each other when cravings or triggers present challenges, and provide a “safe” way to cope and practice healthy skills learned during rehab. Although each partner individually faces the possibility of relapse, they are each less likely to experience some of the isolation and social challenges that increase the risk of relapse when working together through recovery.
Get Sober With the Help of Bayshore Retreat
While inpatient drug rehab for couples may not be suitable for every situation, it can be highly beneficial for many. If you would like to learn more about inpatient couples’ rehab and how it may help you, reach out to the Bayshore Retreat admissions team today.