SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services, announces a new article, " When One Plus One Equals Addiction," written by Jennifer Fallon of LifeZette, featuring Donna Hugh, Program Director at Sovereign Health of Los Angeles. In the article, Ms. Hugh explores the relationship dynamics between a newly sober partner, who has detoxed in a controlled environment and returned home, and a partner who has continued using. As noted in the article, this may create conflict between the couple.
As Ms. Hugh explains, the key for a newly sober partner to remain clean in this high-risk atmosphere is to develop a network of supporters. "When they realize their partner hasn't stopped and maybe doesn't intend to stop or can't stop, they have to put the oxygen mask over their own mouth first. You have to save yourself, or you're no good for anyone else. As a sick person, you can't help them if you decide to collude with them and become sick." Addicts in recovery must work to "resist the urge to isolate." Medicated detox when combined with support groups has the highest recovery rates. Ultimately, a spouse's choices can only have as much influence over an individual's choices as that person allows. If the sober partner discovers a stash of drugs, it could be a tremendous trigger to relapse. Every day, an estimated 78 people die from opioid overdose. Many more are likely dying from other opioid-related causes, such as violence, suicide, disease and accidents. The costs to society and levels of human suffering caused by these drugs are immeasurable. Ms. Hugh remains optimistic about couples going through treatment, either separately or together, and believes a continued example of sobriety will help spouses who continue using to find the motivation to change.