Substance Abuse Counseling for Families & Couples
Does your loved one struggle with substance abuse or alcohol addiction?
- Has your life become chaotic as a result of your loved one’s substance use?
- Has your loved one promised to quit using but keeps going back to drugs and/or alcohol?
- Do you question whether you are helping or hurting their behavior?
- Do you feel like their parole officer and not their partner?
If so, you likely feel powerless to influence your loved one’s behaviors—and you’re ready to get some support.
Couples or family counseling for substance abuse can be a great first step toward restoring health, trust, and connection — it can also be an excellent follow up after a partner has stabilized through completion of a treatment program.
If your loved one is ready to seek support for their substance use, great! Lets take the first step together. Call us today at 720-468-0101 to set up your first appointment.
What if My Loved One is in Denial about Their Substance Abuse or Alcohol Problem?
Even if your loved one isn’t ready or willing to seek help, your needs still matter.
You may be exhausted from stretching yourself thin and attempting to hold it all together due to your loved one’s addiction. When facing the difficulties caused by your loved one’s drinking or substance abuse, it’s easy to neglect taking care of yourself. As a result, you may have realized that you are no longer the person you want to be. If your loved one is not yet ready to seek treatment for their addiction, you can still get support through therapy to reclaim your life and to work through the issues that you are facing.
Benefits of Family Counseling for Parents or Partners of Addicts
Living with and loving someone who struggles with drug and alcohol abuse can be enormously difficult, frustrating, and discouraging. At Colorado Counseling Center, our addiction counselors can help you navigate these common themes that show up around substance abuse and alcohol addiction:
- Set Loving & Firm Boundaries: Counseling can help you learn how to set limits in your relationship in a way that promotes meaningful, healthy connection.
- Stop Enabling: It’s easy to fall into a habit of doing things for your addicted loved one that they need to be doing for themselves. Counseling can help you tell the difference between healthy support and unhelpful enabling.
- Identify Codependency: Family members, parents, and partners of addicts often struggle with feeling responsible for their loved one’s feelings and actions. Counseling can help you identify what you need to be responsible for—and what you can let go of.
- Address Secrecy, Lies, & Manipulation: Secrecy, lies, and manipulation often go hand-in-hand with addiction and alcohol problems. Counseling will support you in finding the courage to promote honest sharing with your loved one.
- Restore Trust in Yourself: When you’re caught up in the web of your loved one’s addiction, it’s common to begin doubting yourself and to wonder if you’re “crazy.” Counseling can help you learn how to trust yourself again and put you back in touch with your wisdom and confidence.
- Restore Appropriate Trust in Others: There are few things more painful than being on the rollercoaster of addiction with your loved one. As they follow a healthy, rigorous path of recovery, family / couples counseling can help you restore safety and trust with your loved one.
- Emotional Abuse: Unfortunately, people who struggle with alcohol addiction or substance abuse sometimes become emotionally abusive to others around them. Learn how to identify emotional abuse and take steps to heal.
Working with an addictions counselor will empower you by helping you develop the tools and skills to handle the common issues that so many people face when dealing with someone who has an addiction. You don’t have to go through this alone. By collaborating with your counselor, you can learn what you can do to improve your well-being as you go through this challenging time.
Substance Abuse & Addiction Counselors at Colorado Counseling Center
At Colorado Counseling Center, Allie Quade (Centennial & Denver) and Sarah Miller (Denver) offer individual counseling, family counseling, and couples counseling for Substance Abuse and Alcohol Addiction.
To schedule your first appointment, call us now at 720-468-0101, or click one of the buttons below to schedule online:
Drug & Alcohol Counseling Resources
Oftentimes families and those struggling with abusing alcohol and drugs can benefit from multiple forms of support. If you and your loved one could use additional support beyond counseling and therapy, here are some community resources for addiction recovery:
Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
Heroin Anonymous (HA)
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)