Does your husband appear to put sports ahead of you and the family? Is he always watching sports and neglecting other important life responsibilities? If so he could be a sportsaholic. For many women having a sportaholic husband can be frustrating and emotionally painful. To help understand the impact a sportaholic can have on a marriage and what a wife can do to deal with her sportsaholic husband, I have interviewed therapist Susan Rua LPC CAC.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“My name is Susan Rua I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor. I have worked in the field of addiction for twelve years now. I have worked with forensics, abused women, women and men who have been incarcerated. I have worked with a lot of broken people who are looking to feel whole and live life again. Most of my profession I have worked with addiction and Forensics, which have a special place in my heart. I am a private clinical practitioner with Positive Pathways at this time and I treat a wide variety of people who experience addiction, anxiety disorders, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder with women, families with addiction, grief, and anger management.”
What type of impact can a sportsaholic husband have on a marriage?
“The impact will ultimately lead to divorce and a broken family unless changes are made. It can cause feelings of great stress, loneliness, emotional deprivation in the marriage, low self worth in the wife and negative feelings for the family whole family.”
What can a wife do to deal with her sportsaholic husband?
‘First and foremost the wife has to understand she is powerless over the sportsaholic husband and that she can’t make him change. What she can do is take care of herself and make changes within whom she is. The wife needs to know that nothing is wrong with her and it is not her fault.”
Is there any type of professional help for either the wife, sportsaholic husband or both?
“Yes there is individual counseling, couples counseling, sportsaholic can fall under addiction counseling and there are support groups as well.”
What last advice would you like to leave for the wife who has a sportsaholic husband?
“My last advice is first and foremost is to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally and seek help for yourself and know that you are important to you. Don’t lose yourself in the insanity of your husband’s addiction.”
Thank you Susan for doing the interview on how a wife can deal with her sportsaholic husband. For more information on Susan Rua or her work you can email her at email@example.com or check out her website on http://www.positive-pathways.net/index.htm.
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