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3 Guidelines for Spouses Affected by Their Partner's Addiction

Article from The Gottman Institute by Candice Rasa, LCSW

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Candice Rasa says, "Managing a loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction is never easy, but those whose spouse has a substance use disorder (SUD) face an especially tough and lonely road. For one thing, the painful and often traumatic relational fallout due to an addiction is compounded by the greater likelihood of divorce, which is itself ranked as the second most stressful life event anyone can experience."

This article provides three guidelines that can help you be more empathetic towards your spouse who is struggling with an addiction.