Spouses Who Abuse Drugs
Whether you have a spouse who abuses drugs or alcohol, you know the heartbreak of never knowing exactly where your spouse is or what he or she is doing. Will he (or she) come home sober or intoxicated? Will he or she come home at all? The worry and upset that drug or alcohol-abusing spouses inflict on the other spouse and on the children in the family can be enormous. The financial burden of trying to finance a drug habit can break the family bank. And one day, the fear that your spouse will be involved in a fatal traffic accident or accidental overdose may be the last straw for the marriage.
It has been estimated that 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older have used drugs in the past month, or nearly nine percent of the population. Another sixteen million people reported heavy drinking.
Beyond this country's borders, drug and alcohol abuse affects approximately 240 million people worldwide. How did it get this bad? And how can we get back to some kind of sobriety and sanity when it comes to family relationships?
Narconon Can Help People Find Lasting Sobriety
There is a program that can help a drug or alcohol-addicted person find lasting sobriety, no matter to what drug he or she is addicted or for how long. The Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, started in an Arizona State prison in 1966, has about fifty centers for safe and effective drug and alcohol rehab in the world today. The Narconon program is safe, using no alternative drugs to help someone wean off drugs. Still, some people say that the Narconon withdrawal is the most tolerable they have been through.
When one goes to a Narconon center, whether in Taiwan or Cape Town, South Africa or at one of many locations in the United States, he will find a safe, comfortable retreat where he or she can fully concentrate on recovery. The Narconon program consists of eight different steps which help the recovering drug abuser to face the physical as well as mental or emotional effects of drugs.
He or she will have an opportunity to rid the body of the harmful effects of drugs and study several courses that help him learn how to live without drugs at all. Before graduating from the Narconon program, the person who has recovered from drug abuse must be confident that he can maintain his sobriety even in the face of difficulties or stress that used to prompt him to use drugs.
Vera Talked about Drugs Affecting Her Life
Vera's husband was a drinker and she described how she had been unsuccessful in dealing with that problem. Then she found out that he was also abusing drugs. Vera said that when the addiction was really bad her husband used to be hard to find, even when he was supposed to be at work. His co-workers would say, "He just left," or "Oh, he went out for a little while," when she called to speak to her husband at work.
One wake-up call for Vera occurred when she received a call from the bank to say they were overdrawn on a checking account that Vera knew should have had $10,000 in it. When she told the bank to simply transfer some money from their savings to cover the overdraft, she was informed that the savings had been drained as well. However, this was not yet the final straw for Vera.
It was after her birthday, in the middle of the night when her husband announced he was going hunting. He came back four days later and she found out he had been abusing crack. At the time, she said, "I didn't even know what crack was."
But even that wasn't enough to prompt Vera to draw the line. The final scare was when her husband was taken to the Emergency room with a possible overdose. A friend called Vera and told her they were in the hospital. When she learned that the ER staff was going to release him and put him back on the street, Vera quickly found the Narconon number a friend had recently given her and called. She liked what she heard, particularly that the admissions counselor asked to speak to her husband.
Her husband was off to Narconon Arrowhead about an hour after talking to the admissions counselor on the phone. And with the help of Narconon Arrowhead, he regained his sobriety.
Now, Vera says, "My husband calls me about five times a day," and he is very easy to communicate with. She talked about the relationship that they now have with their children and their grandchildren. "He has the respect back," Vera says proudly. "It will bring your family back together."
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- World Drug Report, 2013, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), New York, 2013. (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.13.XI.6), Available online at: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/secured/wdr/wdr2013/World_Drug_Report_2013.pdf
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012. Available online at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/nsduh/2k11results/nsduhresults2011.htm