Infidelity is never a simple situation, but it can be especially complicated when it’s tied to a substance addiction. Though drug or alcohol abuse certainly doesn’t excuse the act itself, understanding the role it plays can create a better understanding for all involved — and perhaps may even help to mend fences.
This guide will examine the factors that can lead someone with a substance addiction to cheat on their partner. It will discuss making amends on both sides and offer suggestions for moving forward. For some couples, moving forward may not mean reconciliation. Other couples may find a way to grow together from the experience. Know that whatever you and your partner decide, only you can truly know what’s best for your specific circumstances; however you choose to heal is a personal decision, and yours alone to make.