The Stigma of Addiction in Romantic Relationships

  • Lindsey M. RodriguezEmail author
  • Lauren Prestwood


Given the interdependence of romantic partnerships, close others are among the first to experience and respond to an individual’s substance misuse. This chapter explores stigma related to substance use as it pertains to individuals’ own perceptions of themselves as a romantic partner, as well as to partners’ perceptions of the disorder and perceived stigma from outside sources. We finish by covering effective therapeutic approaches that target substance use disorders (SUDs) at the couple level, for individuals struggling with substance use disorders, for concerned partners, and for the couple together.


Marriage Romantic relationship Intimate relationship Partners Substance abuse disorder Stigma Alcohol use disorder Addiction The Stigma of Addiction in Romantic Relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South Florida St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgUSA

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