It is not easy to get your spouse to stop drinking addiction and also disappointing to learn that your partner is now an alcoholic. The abnormal behaviors that most addicts exhibit can be depressing. Guilt and depression being some of the psychological effects of addiction can, in turn, make you spouse distance themselves from you.
Getting them back to sobriety is possible even after wasting a lot of time trying to talk sense to them. The article herein discusses some of the steps that you can take to get your spouse back to being sober.
In order to see your spouse back to a sober state, you should understand that it is not his/her decision to be in that state. Understanding will eliminate the possibility of your spouse shutting himself/ herself. By showing your spouse that you understand his/her situation he will be able to open up with you and stay closer. You should ensure that they know that you are there for them and try to view things as they do.
After understanding the situation, they are in you should find the cause of their addiction while avoiding fights with them. Majority of addicts start abusing drugs not knowing that they will end up getting addicted to it. Therefore, you should understand that they are also willing to stop the act but because of addiction they cannot.
After understanding the situation that your spouse in you should influence him/her to accept professional help. Based on the fear of being stigmatized and judged by other people they might not be willing to go for professional help. In order to eliminate the thought of stigma and judgment, you should talk to them about results of going to detox centers. Try and change their perception of stigmatization and judgment professionalism of the counselors in the detox centers. In order to avoid stigma that comes from family and friends you should keep his/her addiction a secret.
During the detoxification period you should make sure that you spouse health condition is good. You should not give up on your spouse even is the detoxification period takes longer than you expected. To shorten the detoxification period you should keep your spouse in good state of body and mind health. Good body health can be achieved by ensuring that they are on good diet and exercising regularly.
Take part in the exercise to boost his/her commitment to it. You should stand by your spouse side during the temporary period of addiction. By understanding them, encouraging to seek professional help, and ensuring that they are in good state of health, you significantly reduce the recovery time and also get an opportunity to be closer to them.