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spouse support during Veteran Substance Abuse Treatment

Recovery from addiction is a lifelong process that can be fraught with setbacks and blunders. You’re probably all too familiar with this concept if your partner was in a Veteran substance abuse treatment program. As you shared those highs and lows with them, your relationship may have felt like an emotional rollercoaster ride at times.  

Follow these tips on handling and getting through a spouse or partner’s relapse to help you both get through it. 

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How to Deal with Your Spouse’s Relapse

Avoid Blaming and Shaming

The individual who has relapsed is probably already experiencing a great deal of guilt and shame. It’s pointless to add to it. People who relapse may suffer the abstinence violation effect. 

This is the psychiatric term for when a person relapses and feels such intense feelings of humiliation, remorse, and failure that they decide to throw it all away and return to active addiction. Adding to your loved one’s sense of guilt or blame may only serve to intensify the situation. 

Maintain Healthy and Appropriate Boundaries

It’s heartbreaking to see a loved one battle addiction. When someone relapses, it may feel like you’re striking them while they’re already down, but this is not the case. 

Supporting and enabling are two different things. Maintaining appropriate boundaries now might differ between them receiving the necessary drug addiction treatment and sliding further into a relapse.  

Boundaries provide the message that you love and support them, but you will not encourage self-destructive actions like drinking and using substances. 

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Encourage Them to Get Treatment 

A relapse does not necessarily need a return to rehab. However, it typically signifies that getting help for substance misuse is a wise choice.  

When a loved one or spouse relapses, the most crucial thing to do is get treatment for them. If they begin to use regularly, they should seek treatment in a residential facility. Regular care programs could be a better alternative if it’s more of a one-time incident. 

The Importance of Understanding the Relapse Process

You took on some responsibility when you decided to stand by your partner. While you have no control over what your loved one does, you can help them recover. And part of it is recognizing when your spouse is on the verge of getting into trouble.  

If you detect any warning signs of a relapse, speak with your spouse and get assistance. You may avoid physical relapse and the consequences that come with it by seeking assistance early on. 

Remember that a relapse does not imply that therapy was ineffective. A relapse is not the same as failure. It’s a stumbling block. Treatment is beneficial, but different levels of treatment are required for other people to overcome their obstacles.  

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Get Veteran Substance Abuse Treatment

We understand your situation and can assist you and your significant other in recovering from this recurrence. We’ll work with your loved one to figure out what caused the relapse and establish a thorough relapse prevention strategy for the future. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away to discuss your concerns. At Heroes’ Mile, we are here for you. 


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