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When Your Spouse Is Living with Addiction

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If you or a loved one is experiencing addiction, we’re here to help.

Family counselingWhen your spouse is living with Vicodin addiction, it is a devastating experience for everyone in the family. Whether it’s just you and your addicted spouse or there are children in the house as well, it’s important that you impress upon your loved one how it important it is that they seek treatment as soon as possible. This usually starts with an informal conversation and, if that doesn’t work, a Vicodin addiction intervention.

Whether or not your spouse agrees to go to Vicodin rehab, it’s important you prioritize your safety and the safety of others in the house above all else and follow up with the therapeutic care you need to heal as well.

Contact us at Michael’s House today for more information about how you can help your spouse fight Vicodin addiction – and win.

Talking to Your Spouse

Your first step in dealing with your spouse’s Vicodin addiction is having an open, honest conversation about your concerns. Granted, you’ve likely expressed the issues you have with his or her behavior while under the influence dozens of times. But it’s important to say it again. Frame your feelings in concern for their health. Be prepared with information about Vicodin addiction treatment. Talk to them about the options for treatment and what it could mean if they went away for a while to get help. Let them know that you’re serious about it.  Don’t issue an ultimatum, but let them know that if they refuse to even consider getting help, you may need to make some changes in your own life – and potentially, your marriage.

The Option of Intervention

Man comforting wifeIf an informal conversation doesn’t make any progress with your spouse, a Vicodin addiction intervention may be in order. Gathering together other family members and close friends who share your concerns for your spouse can help your loved one to realize that the problem is apparent to others. Sometimes, this has a big impact on the person struggling with addiction, understanding that everyone who loves them sees it and is negatively impacted by his or her addiction.

If, however, he or she still refuses to attend Vicodin rehab, you will need to stand your ground and follow through doing what you need to do to begin the work of recovery. This often means separation and even divorce. Though Vicodin addiction is a medical issue and requires treatment, if your spouse refuses to get help, you are not obligated to suffer due to his or her choices. It’s important that your spouse understand that he or she has the power to choose what happens next.

Taking Care of Yourself

If safety is an issue due to your spouse’s addiction, put your physical safety and that of your children before everything else. Leave immediately and find somewhere else to stay if violence is an issue or if emotional or verbal abuse is a regular occurrence in your home. If your spouse agrees to go to treatment, take advantage of family therapy and other therapeutic resources available to you and your children. These resources will help everyone heal and make it possible to work toward being a healthy family again.

Choose Treatment for Your Spouse at Michael’s House

Contact us at Michael’s House today to hear more details about our Palm Springs Vicodin addiction treatment program here in Southern California.