It is not uncommon for an individual struggling with drug or alcohol addiction to get into a relationship with someone who has a similar struggle. Because their life habits are similar and unfortunately well suited for the other, both members of the relationship enable and encourage the other’s addiction. However, when both individuals are ready to get clean, they provide a strong support system for their partner. This greatly increases both of their chances for sustainable recovery.
A couples therapy treatment program focuses on breaking the cycle of addiction by introducing new and healthy habits and behaviors in the relationship. Using a variety of techniques, both members of the relationship will re-learn skills such as good conflict resolution, communication, and how to appropriately express a wide range of emotions. Here are a couple of couples therapy techniques utilized while in addiction therapy.
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy has been used for more than thirty years, and uses techniques to increase affection, closeness, and respect. These all aid conflict management and stress the importance of understanding your partner’s worries, joys, fears, and history. This method teaches people—sometimes for the first time—how to speak honestly while remaining connected to their partner.
The Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy emphasizes people’s emotional responses based on their family history. The effectiveness of this type of therapy has been proven in treating the root of the problem, not merely the symptoms of the problems in the relationship. At its core, it promotes a deeper connection between both members by creating new, healthy ways to interact.
If you and your partner are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call us today for a free, confidential addiction assessment to determine the best treatment plan for you. Using a variety of techniques, professional counselors will help you break free from the cycle of addiction so you can live a whole and healthy life.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb