Yes, Alcohol Ruins Relationships – Best of Excursions Magazine

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Will my wife’s/husband’s/partner’s drinking cause a divorce?


Every day at Sanford Behavioral Health people come to us for help. One of the most frequent queries is, “Will alcohol ruin my relationship?” We are also asked, “Will my wife’s/husband’s/partner’s drinking cause divorce?” Finally, these individuals ask, “How do I know if my loved one has a drinking problem?” Of course, all these questions have a theme. The person is hoping we will tell them that everything is going to be fine. But deep inside, they already know the answer.


Alcohol Ruins Relationships

The answer to the questions about alcohol and shaky relationships is yes. Yes, alcohol ruins relationships, marriages, and families. But asking the question is the first step in getting the help needed to repair the family. Likewise, it is the first step to getting help confronting and finding treatment for the person with alcohol misuse. Below please find our best and most read articles about relationships and alcohol. And if you or a loved one needs professional help, call us. You are not alone in this journey. Our admissions specialists are standing by to answer questions, or guide you or your loved one through the admissions process.


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Our Best Articles on Relationships and Alcohol:


Alcohol and Divorce – Is Drinking Ruining the Marriage?

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In an old song recorded in the 50s, Frank Sinatra sings, “Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. This I tell you brother; you can’t have one without the other.” True indeed. But a less lyrical hypothesis is also true; alcohol and divorce go together like a horse and carriage. Studies show that alcohol is often cited as the reason for a marriage break-up. Likewise, lack of commitment, infidelity, conflict, money worries, and domestic violence are common reasons for divorce [read more].



Dear Rae: How Do I Talk to My Spouse About Their Drinking?

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Dear Rae: I’ll get right to the point – since the pandemic began, my husband has been using alcohol as a crutch. In other words, he drinks to reduce his stress, but it actually adds to the stress in our home. Now that the world is opening back up again, he is still drinking every evening (sometimes starting at lunchtime). It is affecting our relationship, because when he drinks he either becomes sleepy and doesn’t want to do anything or he gets argumentative for no reason. It feels like he has chosen alcohol over us. Rae, how do I talk to him about my concerns without it turning into another fight? [read more]


Women’s Addiction – “Pink Flags” for Moms Who Need Wine

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I met with a thirty-something therapist last week who said she was concerned about her peers and their drinking habits. The “Moms who Need Wine” crowd, Starbucks cups filled with iced KJ at the soccer games. Play dates are replete with chardonnay and imported cheese. Even baby-carriage walking groups with wine in the cup holders. And during the pandemic? Straws fit under masks. It got me thinking about the fact that women, especially younger women, are self-medicating the stress of motherhood, working, and the pandemic [read more].


Drinking Problem? How Do I Know if I Have One?

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Our Admissions Specialists regularly take calls from people who are on the fence about whether they have a drinking problem or not.  Oftentimes the caller is obviously in trouble, but they don’t see it. Or don’t want to see it. We appreciate these calls, because it provides us with a non-threatening forum to discuss addiction and the treatment options available in our continuum of care [read more].


Hope and Evidence-Based Strategy

Fortunately, several evidence-based strategies are available for treating anxiety and alcohol use disorders, including both pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy approaches. Your best friends are research and education.  At Sanford Behavioral Health we offer integrated programs treating addiction, eating disorders and mental health conditions. There is a wealth of options for care including: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient programs, one-on-one therapy, family therapy, and support groups. In-person and telehealth options are also available.



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