Addiction is everywhere, and it may even be in your marriage. If you are concerned that your husband or wife may have a serious problem with alcohol or drugs, you are likely looking for answers because you’ll have a lot of questions.
Your first question may be wondering if your suspicions are correct and indeed your spouse is an addict. The fact that you are even considering this scenario should be a red flag, but there are other signs and symptoms to look for in your spouse. All, several, or even just one of these signs may point to an alcohol or drug dependency in your spouse:
Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction in a Marriage
1. An event that could have spurred the problem
Have you recently gone through a troubling time? If your spouse recently experienced the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, the onset of a serious health issue or another unwelcome life event, this could be the root of the problem.
2. Lethargy and complete exhaustion
Most people take drugs and drink alcohol to numb their feelings, and this often leads to over-sedation. If your partner has been sleeping, sluggish or just generally out of it a lot of the time, this could be a major sign.
In contrast to sleepiness, your loved might be suffering from insomnia. If your partner doesn’t sleep at night, this could be a sign of drug-use. Any significant change in sleeping patterns is cause for worry.
4. Odd habits with medication
Prescription drug abuse is quite common today. If your partner is running out of prescription drugs early or continuously refilling their prescriptions, it could be a sign that they are abusing these drugs.
5. Constantly going to the bottle
Alcohol abuse may be more noticeable in a marriage because it’s more difficult to hide when you’re drunk. If your spouse drinks too much at social events or constantly has a drink in their hand at home and even when they’re alone, that’s a big red flag for alcohol abuse. You can also pay attention to their breath and their stability and constancy of speech.
What to Do if You’re Married to An Addict
If you’ve decided that there is something amiss in your marriage and if you think it may be drug or alcohol related, it’s time to take action. Doing nothing will only make matters worse, and even though it’s a scary prospect, you’ve got to approach the problem and approach your spouse.
Start by being very gentle and calm with your spouse. Approach them with love and kindness, and let them know that you are there to help. Talk to them about a plan of action. The best path toward recovery will take place at an inpatient drug rehab center. Go to a nearby facility together to talk to a representative about admission. It will be an arduous journey, but you can start it together as a couple.