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Can Couples, Siblings or Friends with Addiction be Treated Together?

July 12, 2017 - , - 0 Comments

Friends with Addiction be Treated TogetherCoping with the illness of drug or alcohol addiction is a difficult and often lonely place and it can place a huge strain on close personal relationships. When two people sharing a close emotional bond have addiction issues and are both seeking treatment at the same time, is it advantageous for them both to embark on the same program at the same drug addiction treatment center? Siblings, close friends, and romantic partners can often be wrapped up in the cause of each other’s addiction issues and to some extent, they may have been unwittingly enabling each other further into substance abuse.

For that reason, is collective treatment where the two patients are treated as a unit a better alternative than isolating each individual’s needs to create separate drug addiction treatment programs? Here we take a closer look at the steps involved in drug addiction treatment and how they can vary in the cases of couples, siblings or close friends seeking help at the same time.

The First Steps to Overcoming Addiction

Whether facing addiction alone or with a loved one also in rehab, the first step has to be making a conscious decision to seek treatment. It is only when an addict fully accepts responsibility for their addiction and the consequences to their mental and physical health that they are able to accept professional treatment as the only way forward.

Being ready for rehab is integral to successful recovery and when two parties are involved in the treatment process at the same time, they may be at different progress stages in which case one could delay or hamper successful outcomes in the other.

However, if both parties are completely on the same page in the rehab process, it can be extremely beneficial for them to join forces in their treatment program. A relationship that is likely to endure beyond rehab needs to have its’ addiction issues fixed jointly to ensure mutual support in sobriety when the inpatient program finishes.

The Benefits of Combined Addiction Treatment

One of the most difficult aspects of rehab is breaking the behavior patterns associated with addiction. This often means removing oneself from negative partners or close friends who are still using so as to avoid temptation and the risk of relapse into substance abuse.

When two people sharing a close bond go into addiction together, with the same commitment level as each other, breaking these patterns and relationships can be made much easier with the continued emotional support of the other partner.

This is particularly valuable in recovery when residential addiction treatment has been completed, as neither party has to completely isolate themselves from the people who enabled their addiction before embarking on treatment.

Social isolation and stigma can be enormous pressures for recovering addicts and alcoholics and can often highlight feelings of depression and anxiety. Partnerships in addiction are better placed to protect themselves from total isolation and can provide invaluable support to each other in building a new life of sobriety.


As with all cases of drug or alcohol addiction, each person is different. Much depends on the collective state of mind of partnerships entering rehab as to whether a combined or individual approach to treatment is a better option. All treatment centers go to great length to understand each patient’s addiction history on a case-by-case basis and it is during this process that they will determine whether two close friends or relatives with addiction can provide each other with a strong support network through treatment or whether they could be detrimental to each other’s progress.

The important thing is to accept that addiction is never a personal issue. Whether using substances themselves or not, loved ones and family are all affected when one in their group is suffering from the illness of addiction. To some extent, a collective treatment approach is always applied to the patient’s wider circle of family and close personal friends, which is usually delivered in family therapy sessions. Understanding the roots of addiction is the best way to find a solution to the underlying issues that sustain addictive behavior.

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