Helping Your Husband Choose Recovery
Addiction can be extremely difficult on both parties in a marriage, and helping your partner seek treatment is one of the best ways to foster real change and to benefit both you and them. Below are some tips to help your husband choose recovery. You can find a safe and reliable rehab program for him as well by calling 800-891-9360(Who Answers?) today.
Knowing the Facts
It isn’t easy to acknowledge that a person you love is addicted to drugs, but it is important to face the issue head on, especially if you are married to the individual. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, men are likely to:
- Develop more severe addictions than women
- Develop more antisocial personality disorders
- Suffer from multiple substance abuse disorders
- Abuse prescription medications
In general, men are also less likely to seek treatment when they require it than women are. Therefore, your help will be instrumental in aiding your husband with his recovery and helping him seek the treatment he will need.
Having the Talk
When you feel it is a good time to discuss your feelings about your loved one’s addiction at a time where you won’t be interrupted, remember these important actions and try to steer the conversation in the right direction. This way, if your husband does not respond the way you had hoped, you can still usually gain some positive results.
- Try to stay calm above all else. People often become hostile when someone else attempts to discuss their substance abuse. If you stay calm, it will keep the entire discussion from becoming much more confrontational.
- Use “I” statements. Instead of saying things like “Your substance abuse is bad for our family,” tell your husband what you have observed. Statements like “I have noticed you’re drinking more than you used to” or “I’m worried about the impact of your drug use” will make your husband more likely to listen.
- Have a treatment plan in place so he won’t be able to say he will seek help and then not follow through.
- If he does not listen and refuses to get help, make sure you know what the consequences of this will be and choose repercussions that you can stick to.
- You can also stage an intervention with those closest to him instead of having the conversation alone.
Supporting Him Through Recovery
Some people are afraid to choose recovery because they believe they won’t receive the support they need. Make sure to remind your husband that you will be there supporting him every step of the way as he navigates his recovery. According to the NIDA, “Involvement of a family member or significant other in an individual’s treatment program can strengthen and extend treatment benefits,” and support from those closest to us is often necessary for a safe, effective recovery.
Finding Treatment for Your Husband
When you are helping your husband choose recovery, it is best to find a rehab program that will cater to his needs and allow him to put an end to his substance abuse in the most effective way for him. You can do this by calling 800-891-9360(Who Answers?) today and learning more about the recovery options available to him. We can also help you learn more about therapeutic options for you. Call now.