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How To Help Your Husband With Drug Addiction

16.08.2012 07:50:04

My husband, Dean, and I are getting ready to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. This is an incredible milestone for any couple, but for us it is especially momentous. You see -- for the first two decades of our marriage Dean struggled with an addiction to alcohol, crack cocaine, and prescription pain pills. Ten years ago I had my doubts that Dean would ever live to see our 25th anniversary, let alone that we would be enjoying a healthy marriage.

Here are two things that I’ve learned through my experience:

- Addiction recovery is possible, and

- A spouse can help their loved one to overcome addiction

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I now understand that I was playing a role in my husband’s addiction. I had become an enabler, and, as a result, I was making it easier for my husband to continue on his destructive path. It was only after I shifted my own focus that positive changes began to take place.