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Although many alcoholics and drug addicts go through this addiction alone, many others use along with their spouses or significant others — enabling and supporting each other in this addiction until rock bottom is reached for both. If you and your partner have made the difficult decision to seek inpatient recovery to help you manage a drug addiction, you may be wondering if you'll be required to split up during this process or if you can attend the same treatment center. Read on to learn more about how rehab centers handle treating spouses with addiction as well as some of the factors you'll want to consider when deciding whether to seek treatment with your spouse.
Will rehab facilities treat spouses together?
Some rehab facilities cater to those who are seeking treatment with a partner, providing individualized and group services that allow you and your partner to work through your own issues and triggers while still remaining in regular contact. You may still be subject to rules — like bunking in different dorms or only spending time together under staff supervision — but you'll be able to spend time together on a daily or weekly basis.
However, other rehab facilities can have strict rules against treating two halves of a couple. The unhealthy relationship dynamics that can cause spouses to spiral into addiction together can often hamper recovery unless each spouse's interpersonal trigger is removed, and some facilities may see spouse-patients as potentially distracting to other inpatient residents. While you and your spouse may be able to be treated at the same facility, you might need to stagger your residency so that you're not there together.
What should you consider when deciding whether to seek treatment in the same facility as your spouse?
Even if a rehab facility in your area is able and willing to treat you along with your spouse, there are some factors you'll want to consider before heading off to treatment together.
The first is whether you (and your spouse) will be able to each commit to a healthy recovery without being on your own. Often, being away from your recovering partner can help you avoid falling back into dangerous patterns before you've developed the coping mechanisms to fight back against your cravings.
You may also want to consider logistics. For example, if you have young children at home, it may be necessary for one of you to seek treatment while the other stays with the children or continues to go to work, then switch roles once the treatment has concluded.Share
6 March 2017