Addiction is a serious problem that can have devastating effects on relationships. When one partner is dealing with addiction, it can lead to trust issues, hurt feelings, and anxiety for both partners. Drug addiction makes it difficult to maintain trust, respect, and open communication, which are all essential elements of a healthy relationship. As a result, the partner of an addict may feel neglected, betrayed, and angry.
Addiction can also lead to cheating on your partner and physical harm. The effects of substance abuse on relationships are numerous. The longer an addiction persists, the more the person can change, which can cause great strain on relationships and lead to their deterioration. The strength of personal and romantic relationships is truly tested in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse.
Unfortunately, addiction and relationships are intertwined and the best step a family member, friend, or partner can take to help an addicted loved one is to let them face the reality of their addiction and the consequences of their behavior. Codependency harms the family system and the health of family members of addicted people. Many of the discussions around addiction tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. Financial and sexual problems lead to distrust and hardship, leading to a greater emotional effect on both the addict and the partner. Other ways addiction can lead to infidelity is by altering your mental state and performing acts that you wouldn't normally do if you were sober. You may not win them in one session, but you can open the door for them to begin to take an interest in recovery and consider what their lives will be like after they have overcome addiction.
Addiction has far-reaching consequences that can affect all aspects of life, including relationships. It is important to recognize the signs of addiction in order to get help for yourself or your loved one.