Getting sober can be difficult at the best of times, but for couples struggling with addiction, the challenges are two-fold. The cycle of drug and alcohol abuse can be difficult to disrupt and escape when a partner is also actively using illicit substances. Choosing to seek treatment together can offer additional support throughout the recovery process if both parties are equally committed to recovery. Couples drug rehab through Discovery Point Retreat offers support and guidance for each person as an individual as well as couples’ support resources.
Considering the benefits and challenges of couples drug rehab can help in taking the final steps toward a healthier, happier sober future– together.
Why Choose Couples Drug Rehab
Relationships are often built on shared traits and interests. Partners who bond over a shared love of music or outdoor activities are more likely to enjoy a longer union than those who have no common interests. For couples in active addiction, this mutual struggle can be both detrimental and enabling. Mutual addiction and shared trauma may keep one locked in a toxic cycle of drug abuse and other self-destructive habits. Codependency in addiction is common, as the disorder feeds itself by convincing one life beyond substance use is unbearable. Relationships built around this shared experience may be founded in love and mutual understanding, but leave partners struggling with boundaries, communication and trust.
Couples drug rehab addresses these concerns as well as the individual needs of each person. Relationship counseling as part of the recovery process focuses on empowering a couple with the tools and skills necessary for a healthy, sober relationship with themselves and each other. This includes:
- Effective communication
- Handling finances
- Cooperative decision making and consideration
- Managing and expressing emotions
- Codependency and enabling behaviors
- Boundary setting and accountability
Couples therapy and marriage counseling is also advisable for situations in which only one party is experiencing drug addiction. This can help one’s partner understand the triggers and the underlying causes of substance abuse and addiction. Increased understanding and empathy can help strengthen the bond and enforce a positive role as a key member of one’s support network.
Whether one enters treatment alone or with a partner, it is important to maintain sobriety as a priority. Recovery is a personal journey of self-discovery and growth. Though couples drug rehab provides the opportunity to travel the path of recovery together, the commitment to sobriety must still come from within.
The Importance of Individual Care for Couples
While entering treatment as a couple can make the process feel less intimidating, maintaining a focus on individual care is important for lasting success. Tying one’s sobriety too closely to another person may have the adverse effect of triggering relapse should one person stumble or the relationship end. Instead, couples seeking addiction treatment together should act as support for each other while maintaining a focus on their own recovery.
Rehab for couples has the same essential components as individual addiction treatment, with supplemental couple’s counseling and resources. Each individual receives a personalized care regimen suited to their needs. This ensures both partners are able to address the deeper rooted causes of their addiction and work toward their own recovery goals. By taking the time to focus inward on self-awareness and improvement, couples are then able to work together toward being better for each other as well.
Couples drug rehab is about learning to work as a team to address life’s challenges, approaching each problem directly rather than shifting blame or ignoring the issue. With a primary focus on empowerment and communication, couple’s counseling can greatly improve the quality of one’s relationship, both during the recovery process and beyond.
Is Relationship Counseling Necessary During Treatment?
For some, relationship counseling carries a negative connotation. The assumption that a relationship must be failing in order to seek couples counseling is not always the case. Nor is it true that relationship counselors will pick a side or place blame on any one person. Couples therapy simply offers a safe space to address concerns either party may have and addressing them as a united front.
Some things that might be discussed in relationship counseling in terms of addiction include:
- The difference between enabling and support
- Setting and enforcing boundaries
- Effective communication skills
- Accountability and goal setting
- Conflict resolution
What Methods Are Used During Couples Therapy?
A number of therapy modalities can be used in couples therapy. For counseling during drug rehab for couples this includes:
Behavioral Couples Therapy
As with other forms of behavioral therapy, behavioral couples therapy focuses on identifying and addressing the roots of harmful behaviors. For couples, behavioral therapy may include implementing a “recovery contract”. The goal is to make both parties accountable to one another and promote mutual support. The contract asks each person to state their intention not to relapse into drug use and other self-destructive behaviors.
Relationship counselors can help guide one in setting healthy goals and learning the skills and tools necessary for achieving them. As a form of behavioral therapy, this includes identifying the correlation between negative thoughts and emotions and behaviors. Together, a couple is able to help each other remain accountable by spotting early signs of relapse.
Alcohol Behavioral Couples Therapy
For those struggling with both drug and alcohol abuse disorders, an integrated approach to behavioral couples therapy may be necessary. Since alcohol abuse may present different challenges in recovery, couples behavioral therapy for alcohol focuses on:
- Managing triggers and cravings
- Anger management and emotional regulation
- Accountability and mindfulness
Because of the social acceptance and easy availability of alcohol, recovery can be challenging. For couples in which only one person struggles with addiction, presenting a united front is important. Limiting access to alcohol, triggering environments, and other things that may put one’s recovery in jeopardy is vital, especially in early recovery.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Addressing the individual needs of each person is important for couples drug rehab. Even so, having the additional support and encouragement of one’s partner throughout the course of care increases adherence to one’s individual regimen, including medically assisted treatment when necessary. MAT is often implemented in early recovery during the detox phase but may also be used throughout the course of care for managing long-term symptoms and co-occurring mental health disorders.
For couples seeking recovery together, medically assisted treatment can help to clear the path for deeper understanding. By helping one focus on the underlying trauma or mental health disorders at the root of addiction, MAT opens the door for gaining skills and tools to help manage life beyond drugs and alcohol. Long-term medically assisted treatment is closely monitored by a team of medical professionals for maximum effectiveness and to prevent potential setbacks.
Is Coupled Drug Rehab Right for Us?
The decision to seek addiction treatment as a couple should be an open and honest discussion between both parties. Having individual motivations for recovery and a commitment to mutual support can make the recovery path a bit easier to navigate. Discovery Point Retreat offers a full continuum of care for all clients, including couples. Our team is here to help you and your partner strive toward a better, brighter future.
Call us now to begin your journey toward a new you.