Divorce, Drug Abuse & Prevention

Anne Davis

Unfortunately, things will happen in your life that will stand between you and your happily ever after. Nobody marries thinking that they will end up as part of the statistic that at least half of all marriages end in divorce. Although there are several different reasons marriages end, that doesn’t make dealing with your own divorce any less stressful. 

Some marriages are never quite “right” and it’s just a matter of time before you and your partner decide divorcing is the best option. Other marriages dissolve due to different issues, such as adultery, abuse, or poor quality of life. If you’ve previously had or currently have issues with drug abuse, that certainly compounds concerns in the divorce. 

When it comes to recognizing that you have an issue with substance abuse, it’s important to seek out trusted addiction treatment in southern California. Getting help before things get too far out of hand will make getting your life back in order that much easier. 

Prevention

There are things you can do to prevent drug addiction from becoming an issue. Regardless of genetic predisposition or environmental factors, being aware of preventive measures can help you stop addiction before it starts. 

Don’t let stress get the best of you. It’s when stress overwhelms you that seeking comfort in drugs is more likely. That supposed comfort couldn’t be any more misplaced. Hiding from your problems, or worse, altering your reality so that you aren’t dealing with them, doesn’t get rid of stress, it adds to it. Instead, find healthy ways to deal with the stressful things in your life. Learn how to meditate, take up exercise, or find activities that relax you. These types of activities will keep stress from taking over. 

Talk to a Professional

Sometimes life’s lows can feel lower than usual. If you have a feeling of doom that doesn’t go away, it’s time to talk to your doctor. Even if prescription medicines aren’t something you’re interested in to help you with your depression or anxiety, your family doctor can refer you to speak with a therapist or counselor. Being able to get advice from an independent, unbiased professional, and learning how to share your concerns and learn how to deal with them is priceless.

Be Happy

Make sure your schedule allows you to have “me time” to do things you truly enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy walking, reading, or alphabetizing your movie collection; the important thing is to make sure you are taking the time to enjoy the things you like to do.  By staying happy and keeping depression at bay, you lower your likeliness to turn to drugs to escape your unhappiness. 

Predisposition

There is a genetic link that shows that if you have family members that have had addiction issues, there is a strong chance you are predisposed to also have addiction issues. Make sure you understand your family’s history so you can avoid pitfalls your relatives may not have. 

Complicating Divorce

Going through a divorce is a stressful and turbulent time. If either you or your separating spouse has issues with drug or alcohol addiction, it can certainly compound and complicate the process. If you have children and are trying to figure out what is in their best interests, struggling with sobriety dampens your ability to take care of them. 

Raising children is demanding; trying to shift the responsibilities to a co-parenting agreement between divorcing parents is difficult enough. Trying to figure out if your children are safe with a parent with dependency issues is nearly unbearable. Even if drug addiction problems contributed to the breakdown of your marriage, it doesn’t also have to stand between you and your children. 

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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