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How to Deal with Spouse Alcoholism

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How to Deal with Spouse Alcoholism

What are the treatment options for dealing with spouse alcoholism? If you have realized that your spouse can't control his or her drinking, it may be time to seek help. For some, alcohol is a way to unwind and have fun with friends. It can even be good for you when drank in moderation, like having a glass of antioxidant-rich red wine with dinner. But for many Americans, alcoholism is a part of their everyday life. It's not just heavy drinkers who have to deal with their alcoholism-the families, friends, coworkers, and everyone around them feel the effects as well. When kids are thrown into the mix it can be even worse, as the parent's alcohol abuse can have effects on the child's developing mind. Click here to learn more about the effects of addiction on the family.


Understanding Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disorder that has strong stigmas attached to it. More than many other addictions, and virtually all other diseases, alcoholics are often thought to be solely responsible for the state of their lives. However, there are many factors that go into developing alcoholism. For instance, genes account for half or more of your likelihood to become an alcoholic. If the genes are the "nature" behind alcoholism, there is also an element of "nurture" that goes into the equation as well. The environment that you grow up in can play a huge role in your eventual relationship with alcohol. Not to mention environments that exist later in life, like traumatic events or stressful work situations. Alcoholism is much more than the choice to not stop after two scotches. Read more here about how addiction affects our closest relationships.

The Practical Questions

Some people already know that their husband or wife needs rehab, but have questions about the practicality of rehab in their busy lives. For instance, losing a month's income can be hard on the house's finances. Other people are concerned about childcare while the spouse is away. The spouse who stays home doesn't always have it easier than the one who goes. The answers to these questions are personal and individualized, but it's key to know two things if you or your spouse are thinking about going to rehab. First, you are not alone in this decision. Other family members, coworkers, and religious groups are often willing to help out in times of need. Second, while rehab is expensive, it's a lot cheaper than living with and paying for the consequences of a life of addiction.

Get Treatment for your Spouse

If this post has struck a chord with you, it may be the right time to investigate your options for rehab. Retreat at Lancaster County is one of the Northeast's premier alcohol rehab facilities. With a staff of knowledgeable and capable addiction specialists, it offers the best service around. Not only is the staff outstanding, the facilities and location are hard to beat. Retreat at Lancaster County is the perfect place for you or your spouse to start a life free from addiction. Click here to find answers to your questions about fighting addiction at the Retreat at Lancaster County.

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