Addiction and alcoholism inevitably affect our relationships. The compulsive behaviors can typically cause a lack of trust and a lack of boundaries within our relationships. One partner might rely excessively on the other to meet their emotional and psychological needs as a result of the substance use. When a partner enters recovery, the relationship must grow with the individual in order for it to continue to flourish.
Individuals seeking couples therapy can expect a non-bias therapy session with solid ground rules set in place. Couples will be challenged to become vulnerable with one another at their own pace and will be given homework to complete with one another outside of therapy sessions. As a result of choosing to be vulnerable in sessions, I've witnessed couples come back together stronger after a major betrayal.