Amphetamine addiction, like other addictions, can weaken even the strongest marriage. An addict may make his significant other feel violated, lied to, and unloved. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, an addict will gradually spend more and more time and energy on his addiction, neglecting friends, family, work and even his spouse.
How does Addiction Strain Relationships?
Addiction impacts every aspect of an individual’s life from his relationships to his work. Included in the following are just a few of the many ways in which addiction strains relationships:
- Financial strain
- Health issues
Dishonesty can crumble even the strongest relationship. Addicts often find ways around the truth or hide their addiction from loved ones and by doing so this causes pain, sorrow, and remorse. Loved ones may start to feel guilty about their loved one’s addiction or try to save them or enable their destructive behavior through dishonesty of their own. Also, addiction is expensive. Addicts pay to purchase the drugs, and if caught may incur court costs, legal fees, and other miscellaneous charges. Furthermore, an amphetamine addict may have a hard time keeping a job, which can place a huge financial strain on the family. This financial strain can cause homes to go into foreclosure, vehicles to get repossessed, and paychecks to get garnished. Addiction also causes many health issues for both the addict and his loved ones. Addicts can experience mild to severe side effects that can be both short-term and long-term. Some side effects may not show up until years after the addict has achieved sobriety.
Ways to Mend or Repair Relationships
Each relationship is different and thus will be affected differently by a loved one’s addiction. Included in the following are some of the general ways to mend or repair a relationship that has experienced the wrath of addiction:
Can a relationship be mended when an addict does not seek treatment? Perhaps. But how long will it take for the addict to slip back into the old routine and permanently ruin the relationship? Seeking treatment for both the addict and some family members may be a requirement for real progress and healing to take place. Treatment can help the addict come to terms of the hurt he has caused family members and show them how committed he is to making changes. Counseling is a great tool for families, who may have difficulty communicating to one another in an effective manner. Counseling allows all parties to have a say in a safe environment, where they receive positive feedback in return. Finally, the key to any successful relationship is honesty. Be honest with one another about struggles, fears, and boundaries so that each individual knows what to expect and what is expected of him or her.
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