My Marriage is in Trouble! There is an Addict in the House!
Addiction is one of the most damaging and challenging problems spouses will ever face in a marriage. Because additive behavior touches everyone in a family, most marriages are severely damaged years before a decision is reached to end the marriage.
Most non-addictive members of a family feel helpless because they cannot stop the addict’s downhill spiral that destroys the family eventually resulting in divorce. Addiction hurts the addict, the spouse, children and extended family members.
Some Statistics on Addiction in the US
– The United States accounts for only 5% of the world’s population. However, two-thirds of illegal drugs are consumed in America.
– Approximately 14 million Americans, 7.4% of the population, meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or alcoholism.
– Children of addicts or alcoholics are almost 3 times as likely to be verbally, physically. or sexually abused; and 4 times more likely than other children to be neglected.
– 1 in 4 deaths in the U .S. can be attributed to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use.
– More than 75% of domestic violence victims report that their assailant had been drinking or using illicit drugs at the time of the incident.
– 8 million Americans have eating disorders
– 2 million U.S. citizens are estimated to be pathologically, problematic gamblers
– 1 to 2 million cocaine addicts in the US
– At least 12 million American spouses suffer from the effects from the effects of living with an addict.
All addictive illnesses are usually progressive and unless help is sought through attained rehabilitation, 12-step programs or other meaningful support, an addict will predictably continue to act in a self-destructive manner. The threat of divorce is usually not enough incentive for the addict to address their addiction.