Addiction develops over time, and during that time, relationships change. A spouse may have to deal with health risks or financial turmoil because of the addiction. Hurtful words can also happen easily. During the recovery process, it’s critical to address those moments and hardships. Couples therapy enables that to happen. It is a safe place for people to come together to determine what needs to happen next. At Grace Counseling, that’s a big part of the work we do to help you.
What Is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy is not a time for two people to come together to fight. It is not about one person pointing the figure of blame at the other. Rather, it is a time to talk, learn, and grow. There are times when it is no longer safe and beneficial for a couple to remain together. This can happen for many reasons, especially during active addiction. Yet, when there is a desire from both people to work on healing, couples therapy can help achieve that.
What Happens in Couples Therapy and Addiction Treatment?
Once a person begins addiction treatment, a therapist may offer the opportunity to work on family therapy or couples therapy. This is an opportunity for people to come together to discuss the addiction and the opportunities for healing. Some of the topics that may be discussed and worked on during this type of therapy include:
- Communication problems
- Education about addiction as a disease
- Improvement of relationship challenges – can it happen
- Deciding to work together to heal
- Improving health outcomes by each party knowing what they should do when relapse is a risk
- Creating a plan for addressing stress, miscommunications, and conflicts later
During therapy, the goal is always to support a positive way forward. That’s not always easy to do if one party isn’t willing to work through the changes. Most of the time, compromise has to happen. Yet, both parties may also need to learn to forgive and move on. That takes time.
What Makes Couples Therapy with Us Beneficial to You?
At Grace Counseling, we put a lot of time and attention into couples therapy in Fort Worth. For example, our full-time family program provides three full hours a week each week during treatment for people to work together. A therapist remains present, and each party can interact positively. Taking time to work through these challenges now, during treatment, provides an opportunity for people to heal and develop strategies to avoid relapse or the relationship ending.
We offer this type of therapy to those engaging in any of our programs and therapies, such as:
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Mental health counseling
- Physical wellness services
- Additional addiction treatment programs
Who Should Consider Couples Therapy?
If you want your relationship to continue – even if you think it is doing well right now – after addiction therapy and recovery, you may benefit from couples therapy. It is one of the most important resources for overcoming the past and creating a way forward.
There’s a lot of work to be done in every situation. Even if you are both on the same page and want the same outcome. Working out hardships, past pain, previous trauma, and health needs now can help avoid problems down the road that can lead to relapse.
Ready to Get on the Right Page? Call Grace Counseling Today
For men and women battling addiction, support comes in all forms. Our team at Grace Counseling wants to give you as much support in various methods as possible, including couples therapy. It’s key to lasting results in addiction therapy. Learn more about what we do and why it works when you call 844.564.0712 or reach out to us online.