How Addiction Can Impact Your Marriage

Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on June 21, 2022.

Addiction is a disease with the capacity to profoundly affect the person suffering from it as well as everyone surrounding them. Once someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, they often need outside help to recover — and the nature of addiction often makes seeking that help a challenge. This can be a heartbreaking realization for those that love them the most. Let's take a closer look at how addiction can impact a marriage.

Addiction and Romantic Relationships

Romantic relationships are some of the deepest bonds one can form with another person, so it makes sense that a spouse's addiction deeply affects their partner. In romantic relationships, some signs that one partner is struggling with addiction include:

  • Dishonesty, unfaithfulness and secretive behavior
  • Anger and irritability
  • Financial issues
  • Increased discordance in the relationship

Is Divorce the Better Option?

Can a marriage survive a drug addiction? Of course it can — but addiction can ruin a marriage just as easily. How you and your partner navigate addiction is a personal decision.

Understand that this is a time when you need to put yourself first. Whether you're dealing with your own addiction or helping your partner navigate theirs, making sure you get the assistance you need is the best way to build a solid foundation your marriage can continue growing on.

Finding Support for Yourself

When your partner is going through addiction, finding people that understand what you're experiencing is essential. You need a place to voice your concerns, frustrations and fears without judgment. You might consider joining a support group for the loved ones of people addicted to alcohol and drugs. Individual therapy can also be helpful.

How to Seek Help for Your Partner

Sometimes couples can convince themselves that they have their addiction problems handled, even when that's clearly not the case. The second you start wondering whether your partner's addiction has gone too far, it's time to start exploring rehabilitative treatment methods like the ones offered at Diamond House Detox.

Get Help Today at Diamond House Detox

Drug or alcohol addiction and marriage breakdowns are all too common, but you're in control of your story. Diamond House Detox offers a range of evidence-based addiction treatment options, and we specialize in co-occurring disorders so clients can gain full-body wellness as they work through their addiction. Connect with us today so we can discuss more options for your recovery or your spouse's.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Diamond House Detox
Vicky is a board certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She began her nursing career in healthcare by working in the intensive care unit, and then an inpatient psychiatric hospital. After realizing the mental health needs of both the patients and the families she served, she became a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Throughout her experience working with clients, she has developed a passion for those with dual diagnoses and specializes in helping individuals recognize the issues driving their substance use. This recognition has been crucial to the individual’s success in treatment. Vicky opened Diamond House Detox so that she can address these issues early on in a therapeutic environment to allow clients to transition to the next level in their recovery.
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