Here’s What Addiction Does to Your Marriage
Addiction is an illness, but unlike most illnesses, it’s not just the sufferer that feels the symptoms.
Very often, addicts do horrible things either to support their addiction, or because of it. They may lie. They may steal. They may end up having run-ins with the law. They may neglect the people that love them. They will almost certainly struggle to stay in control of themselves and their actions, leading to disastrous decisions that can range from embarrassing and self-destructive behaviour through to infidelity or abuse.
If you are living with an addict, these problems become your problems. Managing their behaviour, and dealing with the fallout, will likely dominate your life. Whether you’re an addict or married to one, you probably feel that the addiction is consuming you.
Worse, the trauma of surviving your partner’s addiction, and the resentment you feel for them for inflicting this on you, will likely linger, even if the addiction itself is brought under control. This means it’s incredibly important to understand the deep-rooted ways that an addiction can damage your relationship, and to take steps to address this, as well as the addiction itself.