How to Deal with a Partner who Has an Addiction

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About Erika Christensen

Erika Christensen, with Candeo Behavior Change, enjoys helping others overcome addiction problems they may be facing. She has spent her life learning about brain science and the functionality of the mind. She also likes to travel with her friends and family.


  1. I don’t understand the part about attending AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). I think it’s really important for friends and relatives of the addict to attend Al-Anon, the group for friends and relatives of alcoholics. The support is essential. I’ve found the groups to be even more helpful than counseling since there are many voices, a forum to be heard, and lots of experience, strength and hope.

  2. I have been really close to a few alcoholics in my life…trying to be supportive can quickly turn into enabling….and further abuse….

    I have had to cut off these relationships…or at least distance myself away…

    So many emotional vampires out there flying around and trying to glom onto the next victim….gotta be careful!

  3. Yeah I’m sort of with Leia on this one, I’ve learned to be cautious until I can see that someone has it together/is working their life properly and not depending on other people to deal with their problems. If they’re not interested in being a grown up, it’s bound to be a casual acquaintance at best.

    I’m not sure there IS a responsibility to deal with a partner who has an addiction…..unless they show that they are willing to put the relationship/family ahead of their addiction (understanding there will be missteps) it’s not really going to matter what the supporting partner does. That’s why it’s especially sad when kids are involved and the addicted person isn’t really invested in changing.

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