May 30, 2016
A new, key, groundbreaking study found that marriages can actually help against developing drug and alcohol use and abuse disorder.
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden have studied the link between marriage and alcoholism and drug use too. Apparently it is a lot less likely to happen amongst one or more of the members of a marriage couple than it would be to occur within just one individual.
The study, titled as it was as, “The Effect of Marriage on Risk for Onset of Alcohol Use Disorder: A Longitudinal and Co-Relative Analysis in a Swedish National Sample,” suggests that marriage causally related and in fact was part and parcel to a significant reduction in risk for developing an alcohol or drug use disorder. With all of the talk about marriages causing stress and unhappiness, it didn’t become clear until now that the real key truth was that marriages actually prevented to a great deal stress and upset within a marriage.
The Details of the Research Itself
We know that addiction is a major problem in the United States today. Specifically with alcohol abuse, which is what the study really focuses on, substance abuse is really out of control in the United States. For example:
• There is no doubt about it at all, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction has become a very serious aspect of American life indeed. Form the perspective of recording a statistics, drug and alcohol abuse can statistically speaking almost always be counted on to produce at least several different adverse reactions in a human being. Some of these are:
• Weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections.
• Cause cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
• Cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
• Cause the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure.
• Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
• Produce global body changes such as breast development in men, dramatic fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.
• An alarming epidemic has come on to the radar with the residents of the United States. This has been with the issue of drug addiction and substance abuse. Prior to the year 2007, a relatively small percentage of Americans were abusing or addicted to drugs and alcohol. Now the numbers on this are far more dangerous and severe. Truthfully, the nation has rarely seen a substance abuse crisis of this order of magnitude, and some professionals have even labeled it the worst it has ever been. Roughly eight percent of the American population over the age of 12 are addicted to or abusing drugs and alcohol, which equates to about twenty-five million people all in all.
• Many different people all across the nation who are not even abusing drugs and alcohol are in someway affected by substance abuse. Easily the most seriously affected are the children of drug or alcohol abusing parents. These individuals stand a much higher chance of becoming substance abusers themselves and they always have a much lower quality of life than children of non-substance abusing parents.
• Opiate use and addiction is linked to at least 50 percent of the major crimes in the United States; at least half of all suspects arrested for violent crimes (homicide, assault, etc.) were under the influence of opiates when arrested.
• We know that substance abuse is a big deal in the nation, so what is it about marriage that does such a good job at keeping it at arm’s length?
• According to the research done in the above study, there was no less than a 59 percent reduction in risks of alcoholism in males and no less than a 73 percent drop in females, who were in their first marriage.
The study involved more than a full 3.2 million individuals born in Sweden between 1960 and 1990. The people chosen were definitively single at the beginning of the study and had no personal history of alcoholism of any kind at all.
What to Do if a Spouse is Addicted Afterall
Without a doubt, this is good news indeed when it comes to the findings of this study. It is warming and good to know that drug and alcohol abuse drops down a tad when husband and wife are close together. What then, does one do if one individual in a relationship is abusing drugs and alcohol and the other is not? The answer is and always has been rehabilitation. With rehab, it is most certain and definitive that one will have a chance at full and complete sobriety and recovery. To make sure that rehab goes even better for the spouse who is in rehab and for the one who ins’t much involved is allowed and should be kept between the two as one goes through rehab all by itself or all by himself for that matter.
Stay calm and relax in the peaceful thought that your spouse is at rehab doing what is necessary to make good changes in your life. This might sound really cooky but it is totally successful and accurate. One can simply sit down for a minute and enter a calm period of silence when one is being overwhelmed with work-related issues on the weekend. Rest and relax for a few minutes, then you should be able to address and confront the issue as best as is possible.
This is what is needed for all those who are addicted, wether they have a spouse or not. Rehab, rehab, rehab is what needs to be focussed on.