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Divorce and AddictionThere are many circumstances that may cause a divorce, and addiction is one of these. Divorce and the dissolution of a relationship can also be a factor that leads to addiction. Divorce and addiction affect each other in many ways, and both are big problems in Anchorage.

Divorce rates in the US have been rising for many years. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2012 statistics 41% of marriages in the US end in divorce. Addiction rates in the US have also risen to new heights. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that over $600 billion dollars were spent in 2012 concerning substance abuse and addiction.

Divorce Can Lead to Addiction

A divorce may play a part in the beginning of substance abuse or addiction. There are many side effects of divorce. Unfortunately, nearly half of the marriages in the US end in divorce, but the effects are far reaching. Divorce and the ending of a relationship can cause the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Fear
  • Anger

According to NIDA these issues affect the brain and how people handle everyday situations.  Depending on substances to address difficult feelings leads to dependency and addiction and does not address or solve underlying concerns.

Addiction Leading to Divorce in Anchorage

Addiction may lead to relationship troubles or divorce, as addiction causes a focus on a substance and not a relationship. A spouse may choose to leave an addicted husband or wife for many reasons, but the foremost is often safety. Protecting yourself or your family is a top concern. A spouse may also choose to leave to prompt action on the addict’s part. A sudden change may cause someone who is dealing with addiction to realize there is a problem. If addiction or substance abuse is occurring in a relationship, there is help available.

Rebuilding Relationships after Addiction

Spouses can get help with addiction and rebuild relationships before divorce occurs. Before a relationship can change, addiction must be addressed. You are not the only one affected by addiction or substance abuse, and you are not alone in treatment. Counseling and therapy sessions treat addiction and substance abuse. Couples counseling or marriage therapy may follow to allow for dialogue between spouses that can heal relationships. Having a supportive spouse or family can provide incentive to seek help to live a healthy and happy life in Anchorage.

Addiction Help for Anchorage Residents

If you or your spouse is dealing with addiction, help is available. Please call our helpline to speak with an admission counselor and discover the treatment resources that are best for you and your family.