Addiction is a huge barrier in relationships. It causes a lot of pain and hurt in relationship. Couples in which a partner abuses drugs or alcohol are often very unhappy. They have a very difficult time getting out of this downward spiral. People who are rooted in addiction are commonly involved in unhealthy relationships. In the case of a partner who addicts, the effect is felt by his or her children, relatives, friends, and co-workers.
How addiction is Harming the Relationship
There are several signs that addictions causing harm to the relationship.
- Talking to the addict about addictive behavior can lead to domestic violence
- Isolation from friends and relatives to hide the drinking or drug problem
- Not taking care of responsibilities in the home
- The children of addicts in these relationships are also negatively affected and may become enablers as co-dependents
When you recognize these patterns in yourself or your partner, it is time to get help from a professional that specializes in addiction so that recovery can be made possible for your addictions and/or your relationships. If the issues in the relationship are not treated, they can set the stage for continued conflict. There are many different treatments available that can be effective in reducing or eliminating problems. Some treatments involve individual counseling, o group counseling, and self-help meetings and support groups.