Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is undeniably one of the most difficult things a person can go through. If you are currently faced with this unfortunate situation, you might feel as if you are backed into a corner and have completely run out of options. Watching a spouse struggle with addiction can be especially difficult. As you watch the person you fell in love with wither away to a shell of his former self, you begin to feel completely isolated and alone. You know you need to put your foot down and maintain the personal boundaries you constantly set, but you’re simultaneously afraid that maintaining these boundaries and encouraging change will push your spouse farther away — maybe even causing permanent marital damage. Because it is so difficult to know what steps to take when dealing with an addicted husband, you might inadvertently end up enabling your husband and exacerbating the symptoms of his addictive disorder. How do you know if you’re enabling your husband, and what steps can you take to make the crucial switch from enabling to empowerment?
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we understand how difficult it is to reach out for help when you’re dealing with an addicted husband. You might feel as if no one else is going to understand what you’re going through. You might feel a certain level of guilt or shame that prevents you from seeking professional guidance. Most of our staff members have helped a loved one through the early recovery process, and we know firsthand that making the right decisions is challenging. The good news is that help is available and recovery is possible.