If there is one word to describe life in most of my 20’s it would be hopeless. I picked up drugs at 17 and got sober at 26. Those years that I was using I was merely existing in life, my only priority was getting drugs. I’d have all these ideas of my future like getting a college degree, finding a career I love and starting a family but that’s all it was, just ideas.
If one partner is abusing or addicted to alcohol or other drugs, it may be true that your spouse isn’t the one in rehab, but chances are that the addiction has impacted your relationship and made it unhealthy in one or more ways. It has long been known that healthy relationships and substance abuse do not mix.
Why ‘Just Say No’ Doesn’t Work Whether we like it or not, substance abuse and addiction are part of the global zeitgeist. People of all ages, genders, ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and beliefs can and have fallen prey to the addictive power of alcohol or drugs. In fact, current estimates are that over 50,000