Marriage Changes Once a Spouse Becomes Sober

If your emotional supply is depleted, repairing the relationship after recovery will be even more difficult. Make sure you have a support system of your own. Seek the support of friends and family members, join a support group like Al-Anon, or find professional help. It’s also important to spend time on tasks that you find enjoyable and rewarding. At the end of the day, sobriety gave me my life back, but it also gave me the ability to be a good partner to someone, which is something I was never capable of when I was drinking. So this Valentine’s Day, we’ll absolutely be celebrating — with our favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Being married to someone in recovery from addiction can in unpredictable ways alter the dynamics of your relationship. If you’d like to know more of the story of our alcoholic marriage and our progress in relationship recovery, please download our new e-book, He’s Sober. A Spouse’s Guide to Alcoholism Recovery for free.

The Psychology behind Getting Drunk and Saying Hurtful Things

I began to doubt which Bill was authentic. Did the alcohol fuel his charm and affection? Was a sober Bill, a man with a very different personality? Those questions haunted me for a long time as Bill struggled to reconnect with his emotions. He had never taken medication before.

And I’ve got three of them scheduled for this year 2022. Today we’re talking about how to make marriage work after you stopped drinking. And I’m incredibly excited about my guest, Dr. Rob Navarra.

Even with sobriety, alcohol dominates their marriage

Maintaining sobriety as a couple requires true partnership to achieve a balance between recovery and relationship. Finding unity in both recoveries, along with fostering friendship within the marriage can help create an even deeper bond for many couples struggling through addiction together. Well then, what about the question, “Do marriages last after rehab when both partners suffer from addiction? ” Again, the answer is yes, couples can recover together. Marriage isn’t always a walk in the park. However, add drugs and alcohol to the equation, and everything intensifies.

How likely is it to relapse after 1 year sober?

As noted, up to 85% of individuals relapse within their first year of sobriety. The good news is that the longer one is able to maintain their recovery, the better chance they have at sustaining long-term sobriety.

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