People with alcohol or substance use disorder are just as likely to get married as those who do not have these issues. About 12 million of the 20 million people in the U.S. with an active drug or alcohol addiction are married. Unfortunately, addicts are 20% more likely to get divorced than their non-addicted peers.
Marriage is hard enough without throwing substance abuse into the mix. Although the divorce statistics on addicts and their marriages are less than optimistic, a marriage can still survive addiction if the person afflicted is willing to get treatment, and their families are supportive. For those married to an addict, all hope is not lost. There are several things that spouses can do when their loved one struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol.