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Can Couples Addiction Treatment Keep You Strong As You Support Each Other?

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Couples rehab is a viable option for partners that are dealing with substance abuse. If both members of the couple are working to become sober, it’s beneficial that both partners go to rehab to overcome their substance abuse. For many couples, going to the same rehab facility makes the most sense and allows them to support one another through this challenging time.

If only one partner goes to rehab, this can cause the other partner to relapse after they return from rehab. Additionally, if both partners don’t seek help for their substance use disorder, this can create relationship challenges that will negatively affect both partners and their love relationship overall. Thankfully, many rehab facilities offer couples rehab to encourage both partners to get treatment at the same time.

Will Couples Addiction Treatment Help Partners Support Each Other?

Partners that already have a strong relationship with one another and are committed to moving on from substance abuse can expect to benefit from couples addiction treatment. As both partners want to do all they can to achieve sobriety, going to couples rehab together will help each partner support one another through all the challenges that come with getting sober.

The more motivated both partners are, the better the outcome they can expect at the end of their treatment. As SAMHSA or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration connects motivation with recovering from substance abuse, both partners that are aptly motivated to go through rehab together will fare better than going through treatment on their own. As couples rehab gives each partner the ability to reaffirm their commitment and engagement with treatment and each other, it is an excellent option for partners hoping to achieve sobriety.

How Couples Rehab Works

While each couples rehab program will differ based on each treatment facility, these programs are typically influenced by behavioral couples therapy or integrated behavioral couples therapy. Both BCT and IBCT are designed to restructure dysfunctional couple interactions as they work to push them towards sobriety.

In couples addiction treatment, both partners will focus on learning each other’s triggers and figuring out how to avoid them. Additionally, a portion of treatment focuses on getting couples to associate new leisure and recreational activities that don’t center around drugs or drinking. As couples discover how to spend positive quality time together, they also work to unlearn the negative habits that fostered their substance use.

Treatment Methods in Couples Rehab

Programs for couples rehab typically last between 30 days and nine months. These programs use a variety of treatment methods that are designed to address addiction issues combined with therapy to promote lasting and positive change.

The following are common treatment methods found in couples rehab facilities:

  • Behavioral Couples Therapy BCT is used to help couples dealing with substance use disorders overcome addiction to behavioral modification techniques. With BCT, partners are often asked to create a “recovery contract” that requires them to state their intention to not use substances as their partners are asked to support them in this goal. With BCT, couples typically attend therapy sessions twice a week to set goals and learn new coping skills.
  • Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy ABCT is designed for couples facing alcohol addiction. ABCT is similar to BCT as it uses various psychotherapeutic models to encourage abstinence and promote healthy functioning in the relationship. ABCT is an outpatient treatment that focuses on improving communication, self-control, contingency-management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment MAT is an addiction treatment that uses medications to address substance abuse. Medications like naltrexone, buprenorphine, and methadone are often used in this treatment to alleviate symptoms and assist in detoxification through the detox and recovery period. MAT also utilizes education for non-addicted partners to inform them on best practices to support their partner’s recovery.
  • 12-Step Meetings or Recovering Couple Anonymous 12-step meetings are another forms of support that couples rehab facilities use to help partners recover from substance abuse. Programs like Recovering Couples Anonymous are helpful both during and after treatment. These treatment programs encourage participants to use spirituality as they work through the program’s 12 steps. With the help of a sponsor, RCA encourages couples to support one another through this journey of shared sobriety.

Couples rehab offers partners fighting substance abuse the opportunity to find sobriety together. If you have any questions about whether or not couples addiction treatment is right for you, call us now at 888-380-0342. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day.

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