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How To Keep My Spouse From Relapsing

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By July 23, 2018

It can be a lifelong battle to maintain your sobriety and to create an environment that can allow a person to continue to live a clean and sober life. There are a lot of things that will go into that like therapy and support from the people around you. One of the most important people in a recovery process can be a person’s spouse because they are there to see the ups and downs every day. If you are a spouse of someone in recovery, there are certain things that you can do to help them on their path of sobriety and healthy living.

 

Support through Positivity

You can help them to create a positive atmosphere in your home. On those days when life can be difficult, your spouse may feel a stronger urge to use. These are the days when you have to show the positive things that are going on in your lives. You have to help them see all the good things that they are surrounded with and let them know that the bad and the stressful are only temporary.

There are going to be times where there is not much you can do yourself. You are just going to have to be there for them with your love, support, and encouragement. A difficult part of gaining and maintaining sobriety and learning how to cope with life without the use of a drug. Regardless of how far they have come, there are going to be those times when all you can do is be there and love them.

 

There’s Hope After a Relapse

There may be those times when they may need to go back into an inpatient or outpatient program in order to get themselves back on track after a relapse. Relapse can happen but you have to make sure that they don’t beat themselves up over it and that they know that it is ok to stumble but you have to pick yourself back up.

Should this happen and your spouse need addiction treatment in New Jersey, call us immediately at 844-478-6563.

Article Reviewed by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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