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Divorce and Addiction

Divorce and AddictionAddiction and divorce can be interrelated for some Des Moines couples. Even strong marriages will be impacted negatively by addiction of one or both partners. Conversely, the pain of divorce may cause some individuals to use drugs or alcohol to cope. Addiction is a powerful disease that can easily take over the lives of even the most loving couples. If you or your partner is struggling with addiction, or a recent divorce has triggered you to abuse drugs or alcohol, seek professional help immediately.

How Can Addiction Lead to Relationship Problems or Divorce for Des Moines Couples?

Addiction impacts every aspect of the addict’s life. Included in the following are some examples of how addiction can lead to relationships problems or divorce for some Des Moines couples:

  • Financial strain
  • Mixed priorities
  • Unstable emotions/behaviors

Addiction is not cheap and can impact you and your family’s financial status in negative ways. Financial strain can cause even the strongest relationships to crumble due to stress and instability. Addiction, instead of family, will become the addict’s main priority. Additionally, addiction can cause an individual to experience unstable emotions and behave unpredictably and because of this, fighting with, stealing from, and lying to love ones is extremely common.

How Can Divorce Contribute to Addiction or Drug Abuse in Des Moines Residents?

Like any major event, divorce can cause individuals in Des Moines to react and behave in ways that they have not before. Included in the following are some examples of how divorce can contribute to addiction:

  • Feeling overwhelmed by unstable emotions
  • Using drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism
  • Using drugs or alcohol to alleviate stress and/or anxiety

Going through a divorce can stir up a plethora of emotions, some of which can go as far back as childhood. Experiencing these emotions can cause an individual to look for alternative methods of coping.  Using drugs as a coping mechanism can progressively turn occasional use into a full-blown addiction.  While drug abuse can help alleviate stress and anxiety in the short term, the consequences of addiction will create even worse problems for the individual in the future.

Drug Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you know in Des Moines is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to help answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. Stop wanting a better life and get it. Call us today!