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Depression Alcohol and Marriage

Marriage is a great thing, but it isn’t candy and flowers every day.  It can really be hard work.  When one spouse has depression, the other can react by drinking alcohol heavily.  It becomes a two-fold problem that
threatens to tear the relationship apart.

Young Marriage In Trouble With Depression And Alcohol

Imagine this – A young married man gets laid off from his dream job and can’t find work for months.  He falls into a depression and rarely leaves the house.  His wife tries to keep him motivated, but has trouble facing his pain every day and dealing with all the bills that flood their mailbox.  She turns to alcohol as her escape.  She tries not to make a habit of it, but it becomes a fuzzy blanket to curl up with when her husband broods in front of the TV.  As a new wife, she may feel ineffective at helping him, useless and lonely.  Without meaning to, her alcohol abuse has doubled their problem.  Will their marriage survive?

It’s hard to say how long that can go on without something disastrous happening.  She could easily drink a little too much and get a DUI.  He could get suicidal and hurt or kill himself.  Both partners are so involved in masking their own pain, they aren’t in touch with the other person’s problem.  Instead of turning towards each other, the depression and alcohol abuse (or possibly alcoholism) has caused them to turn away from each other.

Alcohol Rehab Can Help A Hurting Spouse

If the alcohol abuse gets bad, it may take alcohol rehab to turn it around.  When the habit becomes a strong and destructive addiction, it can be difficult to manage alone.  If the wife already had depression, she may need a dual diagnosis alcohol rehab center.  A dual problem like alcoholism and depression needs specific treatment that only a qualified alcohol treatment center can provide.  Also, her husband needs to be sure he gets counseling and avoids alcohol or drugs.

When each spouse gets the help they need, they can begin to rebuild their lives together.  A young woman just starting out in marriage may find a women-centered alcohol rehab to be a good fit.  She can learn more about being a healthy strong woman and how to take care of herself.  When she can do that well, she can give healthy energy to her marriage.  If you or your wife have an alcohol problem, it may be time to go to alcohol rehab.  Marriages often crumble under the crushing weight of an addiction.  But with alcohol rehab, you and your marriage have a fighting chance.

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