The American media and the ease with which current events are disseminated has left everyone with a news outlet capable of hearing stories about their favorite celebrities’ trips to rehab for substance abuse. With the recent revelations that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack cocaine, comedian Artie Lange’s substance abuse and suicide attempts, Josh Brolin’s recent drunken bar brawl and subsequent swearing off of liquor, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas being treated for alcohol dependence, and ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith’s death from an overdose, it’s clear that substance abuse is a very real and dangerous thing.
While those are certainly the most visible to the public at large, celebrities are not the only ones susceptible to substance abuse. Even the average individual is occasionally reported on when their substance abuse leads to a tragic event. Many people are often afraid to leave a spouse who suffers from substance abuse. More still are concerned that if they leave, their spouse may spiral further out of control. Substance abuse is a dangerous thing, it can lead to serious strains on a marriage and it should never be dismissed lightly.
There is no simple answer when it comes to diagnosing and treating substance abuse, but it is often triggered by a more serious underlying problem. You may not have even been aware that your spouse had a problem until after you were married. Perhaps you thought the wild party days would cease after marriage. Perhaps there was no problem but one has developed. Whatever the case, substance abuse can lead to more serious economic and often life threatening events.