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Should I Stay with My Alcoholic Spouse?

If your spouse is suffering from alcoholism, it can be devastating. A spouse suffering from alcoholism affects you financially, it affects your relationship, your family and it could result in physical harm. Deciding whether to stay with your alcoholic spouse is a personal decision, but what you can do is support your spouse every way possible. Even if your spouse is an alcoholic, you still love that person. You can’t force your spouse to get help, but you can let it be known that you do not support the addiction and are encouraging treatment. Providing support and encouragement can go a long way toward helping your spouse get addiction treatment.

How Long Should I Deal with an Alcoholic Spouse?

There’s no time limit on how long you should live with an alcoholic spouse, but there are reasons for you to stay around. Staying with your alcoholic spouse will provide structure, and your encouragement may be the biggest motivator your spouse has to seek treatment. One thing you should know when making your decision is that until your spouse chooses to get help the addiction, it will only get worse. It’s up to the alcoholic to get treatment, and until someone makes that decision you can only be there for support. If your spouse ever becomes violent you should leave right away. Domestic violence is a dangerous situation, and you and your children need to get away while your spouse is being violent to protect yourself and your family.

Planning an Intervention for Your Alcoholic Spouse

One powerful way you can get the message across to your spouse is through an intervention. In order to stage a successful intervention, invite a small group of your spouse’s closest friends and family to a central location where you’ll all confront the addiction as one. Before the intervention, you should have a plan of who will lead the intervention and be sure that only one person speaks at a time. Present a unified front during the intervention, letting the user know that no one supports the alcoholism and everyone encourages help.

Helping Your Spouse with Alcoholism

In order to help your spouse with alcoholism, you need to learn more about the types of treatment available for addiction. Call our toll-free helpline today and we’ll tell you all you need to know about alcohol rehab and other treatments. We’ll tell you if your health insurance will help pay for your spouse’s rehab, and we can even help you setup a stay at a rehab center. We’re here 24 hours a day, so whenever you’re ready, call us and get your spouse the help needed.