6 Key Strategies for Couples Coping with Substance Abuse

Whatever the substance: alcohol, prescription medications, or street drugs, substance abuse can wreak havoc on any relationship. The use of drugs and alcohol can turn into substance abuse once a person allows the substance to become the focus of their...

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Can a No-Sex Marriage Survive Over the Long Haul?

Your marriage is much more than sex. But what do you do when your union involves no sex at all? With no end in sight? It certainly did not start out that way! No doubt, you have realized that your...

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Starting a Stepfamily? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Here’s an interesting statistic: less than 50% of all kids under the age of 18 are living in a home where their parents are in their first marriage. Moreover it is likely that more than 40-50% of all adults...

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Power Play: What to Do About Inequality in Your Relationship

Some relationships reflect differences in expression, ability, or effort. It’s possible to view these differences just as brief chapters in your larger, mutually loving story. However, there are other relationships which remain unbalanced for too long and aren’t fair; ever. In those...

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Relationships: What it Takes to Agree to Disagree

Stalemates happen. You and your partner have talked an issue to death. You’ve made your case. They’ve made theirs. So you say the words. “Alright, let’s just agree to disagree.” Seems like a good idea. It’s clearly a happier alternative to escalating emotion...

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Are Sexual Expectations Getting in the Way of A Good Time?

So you know what you want in bed and you know who you want to do it with. Great. At least it should be great. But somehow, what you want sexually never really seems to happen the way you think it...

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The Top 7 Benefits of Being a Kinder Spouse

Remember when you couldn’t wait to lavish the one you loved with a million kindnesses, big and small? Once upon a time, the idea of being compassionate, thoughtful and self-sacrificing was not difficult. It wasn’t an imposition. It wasn’t an...

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Damage Control: Effective Relationship Repairs to Use Often

Happy couples fight, slam doors, walk off, and put up emotional walls. People do things they shouldn’t do. Partners say things they regret. Relationships get messy. No matter how many relationship counseling blogs you read, bullet points you memorize, or...

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Why Couples Therapy Makes Sense When You’re Happy

Most couples come to therapy when it is almost too late. Things have gotten to a point where spouses may be so fed up with each other that they feel they need to either get help or get divorced. A...

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6 Strategies To Make The Most Of Making Up

In any relationship, unhappy interactions happen. Doors slam, voices raise, silent treatment ensues, and partners roll over without saying good night. Making up and making peace is an integral part of a successful marriage. To make up well is to employ...

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