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Relationship Issues

Relationship Issues Treatment at Promises

Many people struggle with relationship issues. Relationships are the foundation of our lives. It can be very painful when they are out of balance. Unhealthy relationships can make people act out with harmful behaviors. Some people have serious issues that go beyond typical relationship problems, such as:

  • Failed relationships that set off a path of self-destruction
  • Feeling stuck in an abusive and unhealthy relationship
  • Getting locked into a pattern of love addiction
  • Difficulty achieving true intimacy with a partner
  • Cheating and lying, possibly due to sex addiction
  • Experiencing physical issues like erectile dysfunction
  • Ending up with toxic partners
  • Suffering from low self-esteem

If you look at family history, you will almost always find childhood trauma. The person may not be aware of it. Yet, relationship problems often arise from those early traumatic experiences. They are also shaped by the relationship a person’s parents had with their parents and by the relationship between their parents.

Patterns run deep and may cross over into an intimacy disorder. People who are especially vulnerable include those who have been hurt in childhood. This includes those who have experienced:

  • Being used or exploited
  • Abuse of any kind
  • Neglect
  • Betrayal
  • Abandonment
  • Early loss
  • Unhealthy role models

In many instances, relationship difficulties come with underlying psychological issues and substance abuse.

Psychological Issues That Are Common in Relationships Problems

Relationship difficulties go hand in hand with many of the conditions we treat at Promises. Dual diagnosis is common. Psychological assessments are the first step on the journey to healing. People who come to our treatment programs don’t always ask for relationship therapy. They sometimes seek help for issues that affect relationships. Examples include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Borderline personality

What to Expect When Addressing Relationship Difficulties

Our experienced therapists help clients navigate relationship issues. We help people assess the behaviors that are disrupting their lives. We empower them to regain dignity, self-respect and the trust of those they love. Our treatment process is designed to identify and resolve other issues clients may be experiencing as well. This includes grief, drug and alcohol abuse, and trauma.

We use effective traditional therapies. We also use alternative and experiential therapies. Our goal is to help clients stop engaging in self-defeating relationship patterns.

Once psychological testing is complete, our treatment teams create a personalized program. This approach takes into consideration all diagnoses. If addiction treatment is needed, we’ll find the right blend of treatment modalities. The same goes for any co-occurring mental health issue. Individual therapy teaches clients how to deal with relationship conflict. A marriage counselor may help with relationship issues treatment. The types of behavioral health therapy in the treatment plan may include:

  • Premarital counseling or couples therapy for unmarried partners
  • Marriage counseling for married partners
  • Family therapy that can include children and parents
  • Sex therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help with trauma

People in residential treatment often need individual treatment before couples therapy. They may have to explore early trauma or current emotional abuse with a therapist first. Eventually they can address relationship difficulties with partners.

Do You Have an Intimacy Disorder or Are You a Love Addict?

Some people come to residential treatment because of an intimacy disorder or love addiction. They may have related issues such as a mental illness or addiction. But they seek addiction recovery for specific symptoms. These may include:

  • Always attracting emotionally unavailable, troubled, addicted or abusive partners
  • Going to extremes to change their appearance to attract a partner
  • Many extramarital affairs
  • Searching endlessly for the “perfect” partner
  • Mistaking sex or romance for love
  • Sacrificing their own wants and needs for others
  • Always falling in love with strangers
  • Trading sex for affection, help, money, power, status or drugs
  • Engaging in inappropriate relationships (such as having a relationship with a married person or supervisor)

These behaviors may be an attempt to soothe emotional pain. They can be the result of underlying issues. At Promises Treatment Centers, we help with issues that fuel intimacy disorders and love addiction. We help clients realign with their authentic selves. They find self-love is the most important love.

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Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 27, 2019

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