Will my Drug Addiction Lead to Divorce?

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Calendar icon Last Updated: 06/8/2021

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, many times untreated addiction does lead to divorce. The key word in that is untreated addiction. It is possible that with treatment, your drug addiction and treatment will not lead to your divorce. The most important thing is to be open and honest with your spouse about wanting treatment and the relationship.

Addiction can Lead to Divorce

Yes, addiction can lead to divorce. Many times the damage that the drug does to the relationship is too great. You have to remember how badly you hurt the other person while you were under the influence of the drug. If your spouse wants to leave the relationship because of your addiction, you might need to prove that you are serious about treatment before they will reconsider.

How to Try to Prevent Divorce

Addiction Lead to Divorce

Being honest with your spouse and following through with treatment can help prevent divorce.

You can try to prevent divorce due to your addiction in a few ways. Some of these ways are:

  • Talk to them openly and honestly about your addiction.
  • Make sure that they know you are willing to get treatment.
  • Follow through with that treatment even if they still want to end the relationship.
  • Forgive yourself if it does not keep the marriage together.

Unfortunately, despite your best intentions, if you are a drug addict chances are your spouse has heard the lines before. What you need to do is prove that you plan on going through with treatment with or without them.

Since you probably tried to quit and failed before, do not expect your spouse to immediately believe you about your intentions. This is why it is so important to follow through with the treatment regardless of what your spouse says or does.

How to Rebuild after Addiction

Rebuilding after the addiction is one of the hardest things that you will ever do. Rebuilding a relationship under normal circumstances is difficult, it is extremely challenging when drug use is involved.

When you are in treatment, talk to your counselor about how to approach your spouse. Only through talking things out can you successfully repair your relationship. There is no secret formula to doing it. It depends on you and your spouse. Sometimes the relationship can be rebuilt and sometimes it cannot.

How to Rebuild after Divorce

If the unfortunate happens and you do wind up divorced due to your drug addiction, you still will need to rebuild. It is extremely important to continue your treatment even if you find yourself in the middle of a divorce. Since divorce is stressful, you might be tempted to relapse. This is usually a turning point in your treatment. Sometimes a spouse will come back even after a divorce if you remain in treatment and stop using drugs all together.