How to Cope With a Significant Other Struggling with Addiction

Their significant other struggling with addiction does many drugsIt doesn’t matter if it’s your boyfriend addicted to weed or if your girlfriend is an alcoholic, life together becomes a series of peaks and valleys and you never know which version of your loved one you’re going to be dealing with that day.Is it the boyfriend you met who wants to be an equal and a partner? The in-denial fighter who’s tired of you harassing them and getting in their business? A despairing mess who can’t believe what they’re putting you through? The liar who will do whatever it takes to keep you around and feed their addiction?Coping with this kind of relationship issue isn’t something that’s going to come easily, but if you truly love them and want it to work out in the long term, there are a number of important things you can do.

Admit there’s a problem

Seems like this should be an important step for the addict, right? Many times, people in relationships with addicts can’t admit that there’s a problem, either. They don’t want to see it, and that allows it to continue and grow. Even if you don’t talk with your partner about it, you have to admit to yourself that there’s an issue.

Talk to people

Whether you’re still dealing with an active drug user or living with a girlfriend who is going through treatment, you need to be able to talk about what you’re going through. That might mean finding your own therapist, but it can just as easily be a friend or family member.One thing that you likely don’t want to do is vent to your addicted partner about your struggle with the situation – they need to concentrate on getting themselves better.

Realize you cannot make them better

No one can change an addict’s behavior but the addict (often with some professional or community support). It doesn’t matter how much you cry, scream, yell, or show them your love – they have to want to get better before it’s going to happen.Being in a relationship with a drug addict means accepting this. Now, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do things like talk to them about treatment or even hold an intervention, but you have to go into it knowing that you can’t force the change or be the sole reason for them overcoming their addiction.

Know what chronic means

Recovering drug addicts and relationships often don’t go together well (at least early on) because there is a relatively high rate of relapse and it’s hard not to blame the addict. Here’s the thing, though – addiction is not just a disease, but a chronic one. That means that it doesn’t go away for the addict just because they’ve received treatment, and it might take multiple treatment sessions before the recovery really lasts.

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