Whether or not rehab can truly save your marriage all depends on the unique circumstance that you are in. Rehab is not a place to save relationships but is a place that offers alcoholics and addicts the care and attention they need to leave their alcoholism and addiction behind forever. It is possible to save your marriage once you get clean but the two are not one in the same. Whether it is too late or just in time, leaving behind an addiction and alcoholism can mean everything for your marriage.
Hopeful and desperate wives, husband and partners are one of the biggest reasons that many people decide to go to rehab. The reason they beg, plead and in the worst case scenarios threaten the relationship for you to go to rehab so somehow they can salvage your marriage. Spouses believe that marriage problems can and will be healed when your alcohol addiction is addressed. In some cases, rehab is a godsend for a marriage. Addicted and alcoholic husbands and wives get the care they need to get better and the spouses at home want to put the work in to get through the hard parts of recovery. In other cases it turns out that alcoholism and addiction was only one of the multiple problems within a marriage. In these marriages, while alcohol rehab can and will make a difference for the alcoholic or addicted spouse, rehab couldn’t and won’t save the marriage.
For the marriages that include the alcoholic or addicted spouse getting help and the spouse at home willing to put the work in, yes, rehab can save a marriage. Rehab can be the place where the addicted and alcoholic spouse gets clean, where apologies for mistakes during the drinking and using start, where the healing process can truly take hold and this can help save a marriage if both parties are willing to put in the effort. Rehab is also the place where family therapy happens and that can really help to save a marriage. Of course with all marriages, it takes work and time, and even after rehab if you want to save your marriage, you are going to need to continue going to therapy.
While rehab can save your marriage in some instances there are some things that rehab definitely cannot do for it. Rehab’s main purpose is to help you get medical and psychological treatment for addiction and alcoholism, point blank. Rehab’s goal is not to save your marriage but save you. No one can and nothing can save a marriage but the two people in it who are willing to do what it takes to salvage it. That means that rehab cannot make you or your spouse go get therapeutic care, stay sober, attend therapy, or go to codependency groups etc. The action and work has to be done by the two people in the marriage, rehab can just give you a good starting point if the effort and willingness is there.