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Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse

Nov 23, 2020

Treatment professionals recognize the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on intimate relationships. The need for behavioral couples therapy for substance abuse has become increasingly important over time—in Texas and every other U.S. state. The work to repair the relationship becomes the responsibility of both people, but it may be difficult to do on their own. Couples affected by drugs or alcohol can benefit from the help of counselors who understand addiction and recovery. Today, let’s discuss how couples therapy can be a valuable part of treating substance use disorders and share some ways you can support a partner in treatment.

How addiction affects relationships.

The topic of couples and addiction recovery grows from the numerous ways that substance use that affects the most intimate of relationships. Some of those negative effects come from neglect, abandonment, and abuse. By participating in behavioral couples therapy for substance abuse, you can better understand the impact of drug or alcohol use on your relationship. This kind of therapy introduces ways to provide the support that your partner needs. You will also learn the same skills and strategies that your partner in treatment needs to stay sober in between their outpatient sessions. Types of couples therapy at Origins Counseling Dallas involve in-person and virtual options as forms of entry-level support for a person living with a drug or alcohol problem and their spouse or partner.

Origins Counseling Dallas’ understanding of how substance abuse affects relationships.

Treatment specialists at Origins Counseling routinely support men and women whose substance use has affected every aspect of their lives. Their closest relationships often become the most vulnerable. The impact on these intimate relationships can show up as neglect, abandonment, or even abuse, including physical and verbal abuse. Also, we understand how using drugs or alcohol may affect your behaviors as a partner. You may feel friction in the relationship over their drinking or drug use. You may distance yourself at times. You may find yourself enabling their drinking or drug use or you may take responsibility for it. Also, you may have made excuses for them or protected them from consequences of their substance use. We see how it changes a couple’s relationship and takes over a relationship in time.

How couples therapy at Origins Counseling Dallas can help with substance abuse.

Behavioral couples therapy for substance abuse at Origins Counseling addresses the issues specifically affecting you and your spouse or partner that are connected to drug and alcohol use. Your partner’s substance use itself may be only one factor affecting your relationship, though. We’re also used to seeing people in treatment who need help with co-occurring mental health disorders. These issues may include anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress. By understanding these major issues affecting a relationship, we can guide a couple towards a healthy communication and choices moving forward.

Types of couples therapy at Origins Counseling Dallas

Origins Counseling Dallas makes two types of couple therapy available: in-person or virtual. Couples can choose to participate in person at sessions during the day or in the evening, whichever fits their work/home schedule, and maintain their regular responsibilities around therapy sessions. We understand that couples may be reluctant to receive treatment in person during the pandemic. We also recognize that couples may live in remote areas and not have access to programs nearby. For them, access to couples therapy is available through a virtual option. All they need to participate in these virtual sessions is a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and Wi-Fi.

Supporting your partner at Origins Counseling Dallas.

The treatment team at Origins Counseling Dallas provides ways you can begin to support your partner at each stage of an outpatient program. We encourage you to listen to your partner’s concerns about recovery and find healthy ways to respond to those concerns. We introduce you to strategies to help you meet your partner’s recovery needs. Your awareness of your partner’s behavior patterns can be helpful, too. You may recognize issues that could affect their ability to candid in a program. It might be a history of taking no responsibility, blaming others, or being unwilling to ask for your help. Couples therapy at Origins Counseling Dallas can help you shape what you know into valuable ways to help your partner remain in a program and stay committed to their recovery goals long-term.

About Origins Counselling

Origins Counseling is a new program in Dallas, Texas, made available by a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: (844) 321-2944.

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