While keeping people separated in inpatient drug rehab is important so people can break codependence and focus on their recovery, Behavioral Couples Therapy, or BCT for short, can help relationships get sober together.

As Globe Newswire reports, BCT “allows for the abusing partner to be seen with the spouse or partner and build support for abstinence and improve the relationship.” This report also claims that couple therapy can create better functional relationships than individual treatment and that BCT “should be considered first when trying to help a loved one with their recovery.”

BCT can be done in inpatient and outpatient therapy. As this report continues, “Clinical research shows that partners who attend couples rehab for drugs or alcohol together report a higher degree of abstinence, they’re happier with the relationship, and have better interactions within the family than couples who only opt for individual addiction treatment.”

As reported, treating couples addiction often uses the same techniques as individual inpatient drug rehab, whether it’s BCT, ABCT (Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy), and MAT (Medication-Assisted Treatment), along with 12-step meetings. 

The 12-step groups for couples are often called RCA, or RecoveringCouples Anonymous. Rehabs.com adds that in addition to the 12-steps, “RCA also emphasizes the importance of the couple staying committed to each other and to their shared sobriety,” and this could be very helpful in giving partners additional support in working their recovery together.

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