Couples with Substance Problems are Four Times More Likely to Divorce

Addiction disrupts relationships. It is a third party that interferes with the relationship and destroys trust. Did you know that couples with substance problems are four times more likely to divorce? One therapy model, the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, helps couples have conversations they have not been able to have, in a healthier way than was previously possible, when both partners engage in couples' recovery. Robert Navarra developed a therapy approach for couples who have been disrupted by an addiction, in conjunction with Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman. Listen in to this podcast as we discuss the elements of a stable relationship and tips for improving them.

Discussion Guidelines:

How has your addiction effected your primary relationships?

Does your partner have symptoms of second hand addiction, such as negative emotions, hypervigilence and chronic distrust?

Do you feel that you have good relationship skills?

Do you know what the characteristics of a healthy relationship are? What are they?

What makes it difficult for you to stay connected to your partners in a healthy way?

Supplemental Resources:

Robert Navarra,

John Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

John Gottman Ph.D. The relationship Cure: A 5 Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family and Friendships

John Gottman Ph.D. What Makes Love Last? How To Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal