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resuscitating a relationship after addiction

Resuscitating a Relationship After Addiction Treatment

Resuscitating a Relationship After Addiction Treatment

John was hooked on alcohol and prescription painkillers sometime back. He successfully

completed his addiction treatment and returned home. His wife Tracy loved him a lot and

supported him all through his recovery. Although she had a difficult time managing home and

children without John’s support, she was determined to make her marriage work when he


After all, John was a changed man and she knew she may have to restart her relationship all

over again. Here are some strategies that Tracy adopted to ensure that her marriage was back

on track:

1.It is important to treat the marriage as a new relationship. That can happen only when

one is willing to keep aside the past and take a chance. One should forget about any

marital problems that existed before and work with the partner on rebuilding

whatever was lost due to addiction.

2.One must take it

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has just recovered.

It should be initiated

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nothing is being forced. It’s important to restore the foundation of the relationship


3.When the recovered spouse returns, he or she is bound to feel insecure and out of

place. It is the duty of the partner to reassure the person in recovery that he/she is

still loved and respected the same way as before combating addiction. The newly

sober spouse must be reassured that no matter how tough it gets, taking the

treatment was worth it.

4.Another way of strengthening the marital bond is by beginning to date each other

again. Both the partners should put in efforts to dress up nicely and visit a place of

mutual choice where they can spend some quality time. Walking hand in hand on a

beach gazing stars in a park or taking rides

beach, gazing stars in a park or taking rides in an amusement park can sometimes be

very therapeutic.

5.It is important to forgive each other on an everyday basis. Addiction is a chronic

disorder and one or both the partners can experience flashbacks about the past habits

and the messed-up days. However, such thoughts shouldn’t be given importance and

the focus should be realigned on the present. Sometimes, even relapse can occur

despite all the efforts. Overcoming this phase is possible if both the partners are

patient and forgiving.

6.It is important to understand that after a family has gone through the ugly phase of

addiction, it takes time to rebuild and it might take even longer for the sober partner

to place trust on the newly sober one. However, it is all right. If the recovering person

makes any efforts to set things right, then it’s up to the other partner to trust or not.

It takes time and courage to restore faith, and gradually nurture a relationship.

7.Like addiction, recovery is also at times draining. For the sober person, it is important

to have some personal time on a weekly basis. Spending some time alone doing

activities one loves like knitting, reading, listening to soothing music or joining a hobby

class could be some of the ways to feel charged up.

8.One must encourage and remind the recovering spouse to keep attending the

aftercare plans. If possible, both the partners should attend couple therapy programs

to understand each other better and work towards a better future.

Recovery from addiction is possible

Recovery is a lifelong process. One should wait patiently for the romance and trust to build

up in a relationship, which has been through a rough patch for a long time. But if the self-help

tips do not help, one must seek professional help to set things in order and be happy again.

A good addiction treatment center provides holistic recovery plans to address the underlying

issue and help a person live a sober life. Detox is the primary step in weaning off the drug

effects by removing the harmful chemicals and preparing the body for further treatment.

Once the body is cleansed, various behavioral therapies and counseling are provided over a

period of time to overcome other issues.

Sovereign Detox Services, a leading name in treatment of mental disorders and substance

abuse problems, run some of the renowned detox centers in California that offer the best

detox program to help people recover faster and return to normal life. Call our 24/7

helpline (866) 829-3192 for more information on our state-of-the-art natural detox center in

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