Couples with addiction are four times more likely to divorce. Even after recovery.
Despite the fact that addiction is considered a “family disease”, the prevailing norm is to discourage any type of relational approach early in recovery. Treatment focus is limited to individual recoveries, postponing couples therapy until sobriety is well established, minimally for at least a year. Unfortunately, 80% of those couples have separated or divorced by then.
Statistics show that a strong and supportive relationship with your partner is the single most important factor for long term sobriety. At Karen Furey Counseling, I practice a new recovery approach. One that is relational and begins at the outset as a couple rather than as an individual. I advocate addressing three recoveries concurrently: both individual partners, and the couple recovery. My approach has specific objectives for incorporating recovery into the relationship by helping couples to:
- Manage conflict
- Establish guidelines for setting boundaries
- Understand what healthy relationships need
- Support your partners recovery without taking responsibility for it
- Attend to the relationship
How Can Couples Counseling Help?
Along with addressing the substance use disorder and supporting sobriety, I can teach you the skills to increase friendship and intimacy, help you reconnect with your partner, enable you to solve problems productively, and restore balance in your relationship.