How do you recognize when the life of someone you love is threatened by addiction, and how do you react? For many people, the trauma of this experience can be crippling and can lead to a wide range of problems.

You may not be able to do anything immediate to help your partner, but it’s just as important to do what you can to help yourself in this situation. You cannot be strong for them if you’re not strong for yourself first.

How addiction becomes an issue

Every relationship is different, so what works for one couple or person may not work for you, and vice versa. However, some universal lessons can be learned from others going through this experience. Here’s how addiction became an issue with one couple:

Moira is 27 years old, and one month ago she left the home she shared with her fiancé, David. The two have been together for almost three years and have been engaged for a little more than a year. Throughout their relationship, they mixed casual