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Being in a Relationship with a Recovering Drug Addict

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It takes time to rebuild relationships that have been damaged by cocaine but—with help and effort—it can be done.


Cocaine is known as a party drug, but it leads to behavior that is anything but social.

A study by the University of Zurich in Switzerland found that long-term use of the drug leads to anti-social behavior, a lack of empathy and difficulty judging the emotional state of others.

Cocaine may start out as fun but—like all illicit drugs—it always ends up taking more than it gives. Eventually, the user can’t appreciate any of life’s joys.

The only relationship left is the one with cocaine.

There is, of course, hope. Rehab can help repair the physical damage done by cocaine and, equally importantly, can also help address the mental, social, spiritual and emotional toll caused by drug use.

Relationships After Rehab

Life after rehab isn’t perfect. Every day requires perseverance, thought, determination and focus—both for the person in recovery and for family and friends.

The thing is, that’s the way life is for everyone—a challenge.

In other words, this is not the time to expect perfection. No relationships are perfect. But a relationship that has been battered by addiction will take even more time and patience. Just because your loved one has finished rehab doesn’t mean everything else will magically fall into place.

Another thing to avoid is bringing up things that happened before rehab. Chances are you have been hurt by your loved one. But this is not the time to harbor resentments. Give your loved one the chance to have a fresh start.

In reality, life is messy and this is all easier said than done. That’s why it can be helpful for many to find a treatment center that incorporates family and friends into the healing process.

Recovery at The Raleigh House

The Raleigh House is a residential treatment center located in Denver. We believe that family involvement is a crucial part of the healing process. We also believe that addiction isn’t just a physical problem. That is especially true of cocaine, which changes the way the brain works. Our team of doctors, therapists, nurses and even a nutritionist knows how to best help—and give hope to—those in recovery for cocaine abuse. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the cocaine addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.

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