Is alcoholism having unwanted negative effects on your marriage? Does your spouse continue to abuse alcohol, despite the strain that it places on your relationship and family life? You may feel alone in your struggle, but the unfortunate truth is that there are countless others just like you who need help learning how to deal with an alcoholic spouse.
The Ugly Face of Alcoholism
According to almost every health association, alcoholism is a classified disease. People who occasionally binge drink or abuse alcohol can generally control when and how much they drink. Those struggling with alcoholism, on the other hand, are unable to control the amount and frequency in which they drink.
The cycle of abuse can be so compelling that many alcoholics will drink even in situations that could be dangerous, such as in combination with prescription medication, or while driving an automobile or operating machinery. Putting it simply, alcoholism leads to bad choices. Each year, over a million drunk driving arrests occur in the United States.
When You’re Married to an Alcoholic
Most people know how alcoholism affects an alcoholic. What about the impact it has on close loved ones, though? The disease touches everyone in the alcoholic’s close circle. Sadly, it can be particularly trying for a loving spouse who wants nothing more than to help.
Do you suspect your spouse is an alcoholic?
Have you ever:
- Lied to family and friends to cover up your spouse’s drinking?
- Been publicly embarrassed by your spouse’s behavior while they’re intoxicated?
- Had to pick up your spouse’s slack regarding home matters like taking care of the kids, maintaining the house or paying bills because of their drinking?
- Witnessed your spouse pass out after a period of heavy drinking?
- Feared that your spouse’s drinking will cause harm to them, you or others?
- Felt overwhelmed not knowing how to deal with an alcoholic spouse?
How to Deal With an Alcoholic Using Professional Rehab
If living with an alcoholic is taking a toll on your life, it may be time to seek professional, unbiased help. At 1st Step Behavioral in Pompano Beach, Florida, we have a team of esteemed medical physicians, psychologists and other healthcare professionals who are expertly trained and eager to help your loved one conquer their disease.
Elements of our comprehensive alcohol rehab program include:
- Basic, no-frill approach to treatment that addresses the patient as a whole instead of focusing on one area
- Individualized treatment plan based on patient’s personal history with alcoholism
- Dual diagnosis care for those dealing with a co-occurring mental disorder
- Own assigned primary care physician
- Individual, group, and extensive family therapy
- Long-term care lasting up to 1 year
- Holistic and recreational therapies including yoga, music, and art therapies
Call Us Today
You don’t have to feel helpless in your spouse’s fight against alcoholism any longer. 1st Step Behavioral Health has the tools and resources to help your loved one get clean and back on their feet, and ready to lead a healthy and productive life. Call 866-319-6126 today to help your spouse make this important change.Article posted on November 18, 2016