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Most likely, when a couple took their vows on their wedding day they did not include the words “I vow to share the rehab experience with you.” Nope, chances are addiction was the furthest thing from the couple’s minds on the day they got married. But somewhere along the way both partners developed addiction issues, necessitating a search for help in restoring sanity and wellness in the marriage. Thankfully, the concept of offering rehab for husband and wife has become one of the most popular options in addiction treatment today.
Couples rehab can provide a supportive environment where both parties in the marriage can obtain the therapy and tools to overcome addiction together as a team. Heading to rehab as partners can add an additional layer of support for each other, allowing for a shared treatment experience while learning new marital relating skills, too. Addiction can have a devastating impact on a marriage, so healing it together can be highly beneficial to the couple’s future.
How Addiction Impacts the Marriage
Initially, recreational drug or alcohol use was probably an ordinary part of a couple’s relationship experience. They may have enjoyed a buzz after work or a party on the weekend as a routine method of relaxing and spending time together. At some point, the substance use got out of hand, culminating in both partners developing an addiction. As a substance use disorder deepens, the dysfunction related to drug or alcohol abuse increases. This can result in anger, irritability, financial instability, domestic violence, legal problems, and neglect of themselves or their children. As time passes, the negative consequences mount, leaving couples in a vicious cycle of discord and inebriation.
Addiction can take a once-loving relationship and create emotional distance between the partners, in addition to emotional or physical pain caused by the behaviors of the partners while using or drinking. While this damage can be difficult to overcome, with both partners committed to recovery, and their marriage, it is absolutely possible at a rehab for husband and wife.
What to Expect in Rehab for Husband and Wife
When both parties are committed to beginning the recovery process, selecting a couples program can be highly beneficial. While it is possible for each party to get treatment on their own or at different times, experiencing the process at the same rehab together can be very helpful. They will be learning new recovery skills from the same source, so there will be no discrepancy between methods used once back home post-treatment. They will also receive couples therapy, which can begin the process of healing any painful hurt feelings as well as teach each party new relating skills.
As a team, the married couple can have the other’s back, helping each other manage triggers or situations that could otherwise lead to a relapse. With a recovery framework that they both create together, there is a deeper commitment to staying the course, rather than letting the other party down. Most luxury couples rehabs include some recreational activities among the amenities offered, such as hiking, golf, tennis, and yoga classes. These, too, provide shared experiences that help bond the partners in their recovery.
Treatment Methods Used in Couples Drug and Alcohol Rehab
Most couples rehabs today offer an assortment of treatment modalities, transcending the traditional use of only talk therapy in treatment programs. These multi-disciplinary treatment approaches allow a better opportunity to customize a treatment plan for the individual or the couple. Still, the backbone of addiction treatment remains psychotherapy, so individual and group therapy will consume much of the therapeutic docket. Any co-occurring mental health disorders can also be treated via psychotherapy.
Some of the most effective types of psychotherapy utilized in couples addiction treatment include:
- Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT). BCT uses behavioral modification techniques by creating a recovery contract between the partners. Each partner will state their commitment to remaining clean and sober each day, and they each then provide support for this goal.
- Alcohol Behavioral Couples Therapy (ABCT). Similar to BCT but adjusted for the specific needs related to alcohol recovery. Uses psychotherapy to promote abstinence and healthy functioning within the marriage.
In addition to psychotherapy, a luxury couples treatment program can offer a menu of holistic therapies to further enhance the recovery experience. These therapies can promote deep relaxation as well as help reduce the stress related to the treatment process. Some of these holistic therapies might include:
- Massage therapy
- Infrared sauna
- Yoga classes
- Mindfulness meditation
- Deep-breathing exercises
- Gardening therapy
- Art therapy
Learning New Relationship Skills
One of the most significant benefits of couples rehab is the opportunity to enhance the relationship through couples therapy. This provides a chance for the partners to examine the roots of addiction within their marriage, the issues or situations that fostered addictive behaviors to overtake the relationship, and then use these observations to create new healthy relating and responses going forward. Without dissecting the root causes of the addiction, and committing to making needed changes, there is no hope for overcoming it.
Couples therapy will include learning new interpersonal and communication skills that can replace the abusive, negative, or rude relating style that had been the norm. Learning how to treat each other with compassion and respect, and even how to manage conflicts lovingly, can enhance the marital bond while reducing stress and other triggers to use. Learning how to identify and avoid enabling behaviors and engaging in new sober activities can also help couples team up together in support of abstinence.
Capo By the Sea Offers Drug and Alcohol Rehab for Husband and Wife
Capo By the Sea is a premium addiction recovery program in a beautiful coastal community in Southern California that offers accommodations for married couples to get treatment together. With a beautiful seaside setting and high-end accommodations, Capo By the Sea offers a luxury couples rehab program that is both effective, marriage-friendly, and life enhancing. For more information, please contact Capo By the Sea today at (888) 529-2114.