Alcohol and Drug Abuse frequently pose significant problems in relationships.
- Alcohol and Drug abuse impair the individual from being present in the relationship as abuse of substances:
- Alters consciousness.
- Impairs social regions of the brain from forming interpersonal bonds.
- The substance takes precedence in the abusers life thus leaving the partner to play second fiddle. The drive for the substance often leads to deceit of the partner which ruptures the bond and trust between the couple.
- Therefore, substance abuse must be addressed before entering into couples therapy.