The challenge of keeping marriage vows when one parnter is an addict often seems impossible. Addict behavior is definitely in the category of "for worse". When a christian seeks church advice and scripture is consulted, there can seem to be no way around the problem. In 1 Corinthians 7:10 it says, "Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord, a wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife."
Though the Scripture seems clear, it is difficult to follow when one is married to someone addicted to drugs. Loving someone who is struggling with drug addiction is never easy, and there will be many times where you doubt why you stay married. As a Christian, the Bible decries divorce, but addiction tests every marriage vow. There is a solution however. It is possible to ensure the survival of your marriage. Christian treatment programs for drug addiction really work.
In Christian drug treatment programs, addicts learn what the Bible says about their disease. Through daily Bible study and prayer groups, addicts acknowledge their weaknesses and turn their fear, shame and feelings of inadequacy over to God. To be an understanding spouse, one needs to recognize that the admission of drug addiction was, most likely, the most difficult chapter of your husband or wife’s life. 1 Peter 5:5 says, "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for he cares about you." Humbly seeking help allows God to work in your marriage.
Addicts need to understand that when they turn their sins over to Christ, and recognize that they are new creations in Christ, that healing can truly begin. Christian drug treatment understands that the needs of husband or wife of the addict must be addressed. Both partners should be on the same page and work together towards achieving a "new normal." Sobriety is the ultimate goal of drug rehab, and recovery will be an everyday struggle. However, with the love and support of one’s spouse and faith in Christ’s love and grace, anything is possible.