Couples therapy can be a potent tool for people struggling with addiction. In therapy, couples can work together to identify the root causes of their addiction and develop a plan to overcome it. They can also learn new coping and communication skills that can help them to better deal with the stresses of life that may have contributed to their addiction in the first place.
In the process, couples may also discover a deeper connection and increase their understanding of one another. For people who are in treatment for addiction, attending couples therapy can also be a helpful way to involve the people closest to them in their healing process.
Before beginning to work on the difficulties that have led a couple to couples therapy, couples therapists seek to understand better how the couple's relationship structure relates to the problems that brought them there. Couples seek help for resentment, diminished displays of love, financial difficulties, adultery, and drug abuse. When working with teams, the therapist aims to improve communication and reduce stress by addressing their specific concerns.
Couples therapists look at individual and couple problems. In this phase, therapists try to improve the couple's problem-solving skills. In some cases, one partner may be more to blame than the other, but the goal is to work together to solve the problem.
Interviews and evaluations of the relationship's history, ideals, and cultural context are common first steps. Therapists help couples identify concerns and set treatment goals. The therapist helps the team understand their marital dynamics and resolve their problems.
While the couple needs to understand their needs and habits, they must also focus on solving the problems that brought them to the therapist. Therapy helps couples understand each other, learn new skills, and achieve common goals. The therapist gives the couple homework to help them.
In couples therapy, the focus of the sessions will be on these main areas:
They may overcome resentment and fury and reestablish their connection by resolving their differences. Therapists work with couples to help them become more proactive and healthier in dealing with their problems and keep them working together as a team. It's also important to note that couples therapy can't solve every problem.
There are many advantages to couples therapy. These are among the most beneficial:
Relationships are built on the foundation of effective communication, either strengthening or weakening, depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, most persons in early recovery from addiction have difficulty mastering this ability. They may be so used to lying, manipulating, passive-aggressiveness, or hostility that they find it challenging to adapt to new communication methods. Couples counseling covers difficulties linked to conflict management, dealing with codependency, and setting appropriate boundaries.
As a parent, your relationship might suffer greatly. Couples therapy may help parents deal with these difficulties. You and your partner can become better role models for your children and have a more satisfying relationship. Many individuals have a difficult time coordinating and integrating their approach to recovery.
Intimacy is sometimes mistaken for sex, although it refers to feelings of love and connection. Intimacy may be impacted by addiction recovery in a variety of ways, including recovering from infidelity or other trust difficulties and dealing with other recovery-related pressures (work, family, medical issues).
Psychoeducation and resources for both spouses are provided in couples therapy. There's a good chance one, or both of you may be affected by a mental health disorder affecting 20% of Americans. Drugs and alcohol are often used to cope with the unpleasant symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many persons in recovery become more conscious of their troubling symptoms throughout their recovery process.
At Wish Recovery, we understand that a solid relationship is critical regarding healthy and effective treatment. Couples who stay close during this challenging time are more likely to succeed. Not only do they tend to take better care of themselves and keep on track with their recovery process, but working together and facing challenges side by side can significantly help a couple in their attempts to achieve happiness in their relationships and everyday lives. We focus on assisting couples to come out of treatment feeling happier and closer than before!