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Addressing Substance Abuse in a Relationship

In Relationships, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Lying. Cheating. Drinking in the morning. Long absences and frequent disappearances. Stealing to buy drugs. Selling property to buy drugs. Domestic violence. Impaired judgment. Criminal conduct. Driving while impaired. Child neglect and endangerment. Losing employment. Health problems. If you are married to an addict, all of the aforementioned traits may be very familiar. Simply put, alcohol and drug abuse ruin relationships. This is because substance abusers lie to protect their addiction and make their addiction the top priority in their lives. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for you, your children, and your plans. Seeking Professional Help You have options and there is no shame in seeking help for your spouse. If you or your spouse is employed, you should first contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which …

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The Impact of Substance Abuse on Divorce

In Child Custody, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Substance abuse by a spouse can destroy a marriage. For starters, a spouse who abuses alcohol or drugs can be unreliable, can destroy a couple’s finances by wasting money on their substance of choice, and will certainly make poor decisions. This is because substance abusers will always put their drugs or alcohol first. People who are addicted to substances also lie to protect themselves and their addiction, which completely erodes the trust vital to a healthy relationship. Significantly, a person who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol has impaired judgment. There is a correlation between substance abuse and neglectful parenting, driving under the influence, domestic violence, and child abuse. While spouses who abuse substances deserve empathy an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves, every person has their limits, especially when …