Being married to somebody with a substance abuse addiction affects the whole family. A spouse with a substance abuse addiction may:
- have an excessive need for privacy;
- be dishonest;
- behave secretively or suspiciously;
- lose interest in family activities;
- have a hard time paying attention and focusing;
- lose his/her job; and,
- become physically abusive.
Dealing with your spouse’s behavior could be difficult and may even endanger your family. If your spouse has a substance abuse addiction and refuses to seek treatment, you may need to consider a divorce. If you have children, it is imperative that you take appropriate action to ensure your spouse’s addiction does not endanger your children. By leaving your children alone with your spouse, you may be putting your parental rights at risk.
Below are links to helpful resources to assist you in deciding whether a divorce is appropriate and information on how your spouse’s substance use can be monitored during the pendency of a divorce:
- http://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Self_Help/CO_Parenting_Time_Book2004.pdf, see page 55-56
If you decide a divorce is right for you, you should contact an attorney with experience handling cases that involve substance abuse addictions to advice you regarding your options and what action will best benefit your family.