It is not easy to get your spouse to stop drinking addiction and also disappointing to learn that your partner is now an alcoholic. The abnormal behaviors that most addicts exhibit can be depressing. Guilt and depression being some of the psychological effects of addiction can, in turn, make you spouse distance themselves from you.
Getting them back to sobriety is possible even after wasting a lot of time trying to talk sense to them. The article herein discusses some of the steps that you can take to get your spouse back to being sober.
In order to see your spouse back to a sober state, you should understand that it is not his/her decision to be in that state. Understanding will eliminate the possibility of your spouse shutting himself/ herself. By showing your spouse that you understand his/her situation he will be able to open up with you and stay closer. You should ensure that they know that you are there for them and try to view things as they do.
After understanding the situation, they are in you should find the cause of their addiction while avoiding fights with them. Some of them take the drugs not because they need them but because of addiction. Addiction being a side effect shows that it was not their decision and they are wishing to quit as much as you would wish.
The next step that you should take is advise them to accept professional help. Based on the fear of being stigmatized and judged by other people they might not be willing to go for professional help. For them to show willingness to go to the detox centers, you should inform them about the end results of the detoxification program. Try and change their perception of stigmatization and judgment professionalism of the counselors in the detox centers. Your spouse drug addiction should remain a family secret unless he/she is willing to share with friends or family.
You should also support your spouse by ensuring that their health is good. Fighting addiction might take quite some time, and therefore you should give up on him/her until he/she is out. Good health in body and mind will accelerate the detoxification process and quit addiction faster. Your spouse should be on diet and exercise regularly in order to ensure that his body health condition is good.
Take part in the exercise to boost his/her commitment to it. Addiction proving to be manageable you should not abandon your spouse if you love him/her and instead stand by his/her side. Understanding, encouraging and showing concern by action brings your spouse closer and ensures the detoxification program takes a short time.