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Partner Struggling with Addiction? 3 Tools to Help with Recovery and Rebuild Trust in a Relationship

Many couples with a partner abusing alcohol have dealt with a history of lying to maintain the addiction. Simply put, they are struggling with trust.

Relationship expert, Dr. Morgan Cutlip, recommends the following tools to aid in the process of rebuilding trust and maintaining sobriety.

“These tools are empowering to both the participant in their addiction recovery process as well as their loved ones. They let them know that recovery is on track, that things are getting better, that it is safe to invest trust in their loved one, and that the participant is willing to be transparent and is dedicated to their sobriety. These tools can be so instrumental for couples as they are reconstructing and reimagining a new life together and finally moving forward.”

  • The Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book”This app is packed with resources to support your or your partner’s sobriety. There are podcasts, an AA meeting locator, testimonials, and a calculator to track sobriety. This app can minimize the barriers to locating meetings and provide tons of educational content to support the recovery process.

  • Soberlink – Soberlink is a portable breathalyzer and recovery management tool that uses facial recognition technology to confirm the identity of the user during each breath test. Blood alcohol content results are then wirelessly transmitted in real time to Soberlink’s cloud-based recovery management software. Users are able to customize who receives the results of each breath test—the family, partner, medical professionals, or the recovery circle. Soberlink provides tangible proof to loved ones in the recovery circle and allows them to invest trust and get real time feedback on how their loved one is doing with their recovery. It offers peace of mind, which is priceless.
  • Sober Grid Sober Grid is a free app that helps people in recovery access support directly from their smart device. It allows users to connect with a sober community locally and globally, set recovery goals, receive regular inspiration and encouragement, and provides a mechanism for reaching out for help when they need it.