By Carole Bennett, MA
Relapse is an unfortunate situation, and though it can be more common with one who is new in recovery, there are many individuals who relapse after years and years of living a clean and sober life.
My client Rachel has had a roller coaster ride with her sometimes sober, sometimes not husband. They had not been married long, and though the love and connection were very evident between them, his relapse and true slavery to his addiction began to present insurmountable odds against an honest and respectful union. She and her husband, Matt, would stitch together a few good months as he professed to work a clean and sober program by attending 12-step recovery meetings. He worked with a seasoned sponsor and appreciated his job and the future it held.