The Interactive Guide to How Addiction Affects Relationships

Introduction: What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that impacts the brain. It is a complex condition with many components, including physical, psychological, and social factors.

It is not just about drugs or alcohol. Many people become addicted to activities such as gambling, shopping, or sex.

What Type of Relationships Are Most at Risk for Addiction?

There are many types of relationships that can be at risk for addiction. However, there are some that are more at risk than others. For example, families with addiction problems have a higher probability of addiction in the children. They also have an increased risk of divorce and domestic violence.

How to Deal With an Addict in a Relationship

Addiction is a difficult topic to talk about, but it is an important one. It can be a difficult addiction to overcome and can take years of therapy and hard work. There are many different types of addiction, but the most common ones are drugs and alcohol.

The first step in dealing with an addict in a relationship is establishing boundaries. This means that you should have limits on how much they can drink or do drugs, what they can do while they’re drinking or doing drugs, and how often they can drink or do drugs. Setting these boundaries will help you feel more in control of the situation.

The second step is to get professional help for yourself if you need it. You may need counseling for your own emotional issues as well as information about how to deal with an addict in

What are the Effects of Addiction on a Relationship?

There are many effects that addiction has on a relationship. These include the addict’s behavior and actions as well as the family’s participation in the addict’s recovery process. The addict’s behavior and actions are often dictated by their addiction. This can cause problems for the family because it may be difficult to predict when they will relapse or if they will relapse at all.

The family’s participation in the addict’s recovery process is also important because this shows how much they care about them and want them to get better.

Conclusion & Tips for Recovery Partners

In conclusion, it is important for recovering partners to remember that their relationship with the other person is the most important thing. They should not feel discouraged if they do not get the ideal response from their loved one. It takes time and patience to heal a relationship.

Some tips for recovering partners are:

– Keep your partner in the loop about what you are doing and feeling.

– Be patient with yourself and your partner as it takes time for both parties to heal from this type of relationship.

– Make sure you take care of yourself by going on walks, reading books, or spending time with friends and family members who support you.

Finding Your Higher Power

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Have you found your higher power? Is it God, the ocean, or a doorknob? Or is it something else entirely?

It is the opinion of the writer of this blog that the newcomer might very understandably feel nonplussed by the Big Book’s distinction between a God rooted in theological tradition, and a “higher power of [their] own understanding.” After all, in both cases, the newcomer is asked to believe in something for which there is no physical evidence. The dismissal of scientific reasoning in the chapter We Agnostics is specious; yes, like faith, science involves assumptions; but unlike faith, science is testable.

So now, what then? What are we left with? Have we outsmarted the Big Book? We can, at the very least, agree that God “is or He isn’t.” And this writer can agree to something else too; something that can be heard quoted, across the world on the right night, in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous:

Except in a few rare cases, neither [the alcoholic] nor any other human being can provide [an effective mental defense against the first drink]. His defense must come from a Higher Power.”

Sometimes, your friends and family will save you from despair. Other times, you will save yourself.

But then there will come another time. A time when there will be no one and you will have nothing. What then?

It is the opinion of the writer of this blog that a reasonable person cannot possibly believe in a higher power, and must dismiss the notion. They must, however, simultaneously and constantly, believe in something exactly like a higher power, and make this belief the fundament of their worldview.

It is the opinion of the writer of this blog that a reasonable person cannot possibly believe in a higher power, and must dismiss the notion. They must, however, simultaneously and constantly, believe in something exactly like a higher power, and make this belief the fundament of their worldview, in order to maintain peak mental fitness. 


Maybe you still feel as if the word “God” or “Higher Power” is something too far out or is just too confusing. The beautiful thing is, this is your experience to have and build. The more you seek your Higher Power, the more your conception of what it might be will grow into something unfathomable, you will just know that your Higher Power is there with you.

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What’s Wrong with Alcoholics Anonymous?

The coffee in Alcoholics Anonymouse, it must be said, is uniformly terrible. Aside from this, one is hard-pressed to find its faults.

Isn’t that exceptional? You might be inclined to levy accusations of bias, but let us look at it.

This is not to say that the meetings of said group are not tedious, or that its members are not tiresome or testy; more often than not, they are. This is to say that the institution itself, by virtue of its architecture, comes as close to perfect as any human construct ever has.

For it is well recognized that the “concentration of wealth yields concentration of power. And concentration of political power gives rise to legislation that increases and accelerates the cycle.” *-Noam Chomsky And this truism has borne itself out time and again throughout human history, even in the most democratically inspired and spiritually erect endeavors; like the coercion of members into the teamsters union in the 20th century, or the offered indulgences of the Catholic Church in the 15th century.

And yet not so in Alcoholics Anonymous. How can this be?

Is the alcoholic so much more upright than the next fellow? Certainly not.

There is, at the time of this writing, a very good documentary available for free on Amazon Prime named Bill W., after the founder of the organization, and it tells his story in some detail. But even those interviewed in it can only guess at the miraculous marvel of the program.

The imperviousness of Alcoholics Anonymous; AA’s infallibility in the face of the most elemental forces of corruption since the world set itself to turning, is indeed mysterious. However, the source of that power is not.

It lies in the 7th and 11th traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, which state that “every AA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions” and that “our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.”

Bill W. certainly meant to act in the latter tradition when he declined the offer, made in 1960 by Time, to feature his face on the cover of their magazine.

Was his decision, in that particular case, right or wrong? This writer, for one, is not so sure. 

So, What is Alcoholics Anonymous, you might be wondering.

Many may believe that is just a group of alcoholics in a dark room filled with smoke drinking coffee. You may be surprised that you might find hope, happiness, laughter and a connection you may have never experience before. Yes we do talk about our problems but we also bring solutions to our meetings that go beyond just not taking a drink. We inspire each-other by sharing our experiences in life, both good and bad, and how we navigated through the rollercoaster of life. Alcoholics Anonymous offers our hand to anyone who might be one minute sober to someone with almost a lifetime of sobriety.


Maybe you have found yourself intrigued by this article and would like to check out a meeting sometime. AA-Intergroup provides an online directory to AA Zoom meetings around the world! You can also come checkout our weekly bonfire meeting at Oak Forest Recovery in the Agoura Hills/Thousand Oaks California area. Come by to listen to a great speaker and enjoy fellowship, food and fun!

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The central office in LA is always available 24/7 365 days a year for anyone who maybe struggling.

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At Oak Forest Recovery, we offer a sober living community that encourages our clients to be engaged with a 12-Step Program along with many other forms of therapy. We do not affiliate with AA in anyway, we just have seen the benefits it has brought into current and past clients who have come through our treatment center.