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Family And Infidelity: The Road To Recovery

Sep 4, 2008
Marriage is all about trust. If the trust is broken through dishonesty or secrets it can result in drastic problems. These problems effect family, friends, and children. The road to recovering from an affair can be a difficult process, but there are ways to heal a broken relationship.

Marriage counseling can be an imense help in these situations. A marriage counseler helps both spouses express their feelings about each other in a calm and controlled environment, without kicking and screaming at each other. Their role is to help calm heated situations and they know how to handle and heal couples emotionally.

Family counseling is just as important as marriage counseling, because it can help the family members and children of the couple understand and support them in their toughest times. With the help of counseling, your family and children can band together and help each other work through the trouble and support themselves and each other in their hardships. The counseler will be there to help the healing process move along.

If you are a member of a religious organization, you may find help within your congregation. Pastors, rabbis, or other spiritual leaders want to help you in a time such as this. They know that marriage is sacred and will be willing to counsel you as a couple to help in your time of need. However, be sure to turn to someone who has experience with recovery from infidelity or you could receive very damaging advice.

Family and friends will be there for support too. Although they will most likely be mad at the cheating spouse for ruining the couple's commitment, they will be there to help get through the troubled times. The people who really do care for you as a couple will always be there for guidance when they're needed. However, it is best not to disclose the whole situation to everyone. Together with your spouse, choose 2-3 \"safe\" people with whom you can share your struggles. This will help quell rumors and protect your relationship. If possible, seek out confidants who have experienced infidelity.

There are certain things that each spouse needs to keep in mind through out this entire process. After infidelity, the betrayed spouse will be very angry, sometimes depressed or on edge. Since such a large trust was broken, they may question the unfaithful spouse often. They may be depressed. Additionally, many people who have been cheated on are so hurt they cannot be around the other spouse. If this is the case, the unfaithful spouse may want to move out temporarily while counseling is still ongoing.

The cheating spouse may feel immense guilt and undergo depression. Feeling sorry for themselves won't do any bit of damage control. They should be loving, caring, and understanding of the betrayed spouse's feelings. If they want to keep their relationship going and make it stronger, the cheating spouse should attend counseling sessions with a contrite willingness to fix what they've broken.

Infidelity can have drastic effects on the marriage, family, children, and friends of the troubled couple. Honesty and trust make a marriage run smoothly. If the trust is broken, the marriage can be lost too, but, with a little effort and willingness to get things back on track, it can be rebuilt, even stronger than before.
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