In the case of romantic relationships, addiction truly is a family disease. This is especially true if both partners in the relationship are suffering from it. Broadway Treatment Center gained national attention for our couples addiction treatment program on CNN and by Facebook. The JCHAO (The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) has given us its Golden Seal of Approval for our couples addiction treatment program. This certification is a guarantee of quality that reflects our commitment to providing safe and effective treatment to our clients. We designed a curriculum specific to treating both partners in the same facility. Until now, the industry standard is to separate addicted couples and have them attend different facilities. We believe that couples should stay together during treatment and that this approach is their best chance at long lasting sobriety.


Studies have shown that couples who are suffering from addiction and recover together at the same facility are more likely to have lasting sobriety together. Our clinical staff has seen this first hand, time and time again. We specialize in helping couples, whether they are married or not, recover from substance abuse at the same facility. It is imperative for both members of the couple to recover together so that they can provide one another with support and continue to grow as a unit. The chance of relapsing after completing a couples addiction treatment program go down significantly due to the fact that both individuals are learning how to be sober at the same time.

When a couple gets sober together, the numbers go way up in their favor of actually staying together


Once an addict becomes more balanced and functional as in individual, it’s time to strengthen their romantic relationship through the couple’s behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is offered as a part of Broadway’s comprehensive treatment plan. This therapy will help to heal and grow the relationship that was once tainted with addiction. The main premise behind CBT is teaching people new routines and eventually changing their thought process. Thoughts create feelings, feelings create behavior, and behavior reinforces thoughts. It is a cycle. The implementation of CBT follows a specific schedule. Changing behaviors through counseling helps couples build new routines to change their thought processes, feelings, and actions into new and healthy ideas.


Codependency is a frequent issue that arises when working with couples recovering from addiction. Enabling, caretaking, and denial are all signs of codependent behavior that is seen in a lot of relationships where addiction is involved. This type of behavior tends to exacerbate the cycle of addiction. Codependency negatively affects a newly sober relationship as well as the individual successes of the newly sober couple. Enabling behavior is the most common and the most harmful to the new foundation of sobriety. During couples behavior therapy these codependent behaviors are recognized and corrected so the couple is able to move on in creating a healthy relationship.


Often times a marriage can survive when a member, or even both members, are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction alone causes quite a bit of damage to a relationship, on top of other factors that have caused relationship issues. When children are involved the process becomes more complex. The marriage can be saved, but it will take a little extra work. A substantial amount of time spent in CBT will be needed to repair it. As with everything in recovery, there are no guarantees, but there is hope. The good news is that once both partners are sober and engaging in therapy, their relationship can be a strong, positive influence on making their new found sobriety last a lifetime and reduce the chance of relapse.


If you have questions about our treatment programs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our staff. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and if we aren’t able to help, we can refer you to someone who can.