Relationships can often be affected by the actions and side effects of drug abuse. Couple and marriage counseling provides a safe, guided space where significant others can explore conflicts and find solutions to interpersonal issues. Several different psychotherapy techniques may be used, including behavioral couples therapy (BCT).
A 2004 article made available by the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that “in multiple studies with diverse populations, patients who engage in BCT have consistently reported greater reductions in substance use than have patients who receive only individual counseling.” They also found that couples undergoing BCT had improved relationship satisfaction and family function.
You and your partner will work with a therapist to uncover and resolve relationship issues. Depending on the situation, it might be beneficial for each person to have one-on-one therapy in addition to the joint sessions. A combination of talk and behavior therapy is common in couple counseling. You might encounter several other therapy types, including experiential or structural family therapy, family problem solving, solution-focused, multi-systemic, or narrative therapy.
Marriage and couple therapists will do the following to help their clients grow and heal:
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that alcohol and other substance use disorders (SUD) can have a severe adverse effect on relationships and increases the risk of developing any or all of the following within a partnership:
Drug and alcohol use can cause mood swings, temperament changes, and a lack of emotional control leading to people doing and saying things they might not have without being under the influence. Some of the negative behaviors stemming from substance use that can cause problems in a relationship include those listed here:
Not everyone needs relationship counseling during rehabilitation or recovery. There might be superficial issues that you and your partner can work through fine on your own. However, if you notice some of the following signs, it might be time to speak to a certified marriage or couple therapist:
Attending therapy without doing the hard work is not enough to repair a relationship that is breaking down. You and your partner will need to put time and energy into making healthy changes in the way you approach the relationship and treat one another. Some couples may find this easier than others.
The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia published a 2012 review of the data concerning the effectiveness of family and relationship therapy. They discovered evidence that couple therapy provided a positive outcome for many of the various research studies participants. However, the effectiveness of therapy decreased when therapists did not use techniques that fit the lifestyle and temperaments of the people involved. You are more likely to find success if you are involved with a therapy that fits your relationship’s needs. You can work with your therapist to determine the priorities to address and how best to move forward.