Although the divorce rate for the general population has been going down for some years, many people worry that the country continues to essentially be a culture of divorce. A couple having trouble in their marriage may wonder whether it makes sense to keep devoting time and effort to a relationship that is no longer rewarding. Perhaps it would be easier to face reality and split up. Before doing so, they might try participating in an intensive marriage retreat that takes place over a long weekend. These retreats often accomplish in three or four days what months of counseling may not even achieve.
A Lack of Traditional Support
Many married couples don’t have much, if any, of the traditional support that used to be more prevalent. For example, they may not belong to a church or a religious faith. They may live far away from their families, having moved for a job or the desire to live in a different part of the country. They don’t know who to turn to when they feel like the marriage is falling apart.
An Intensive Counseling Retreat
With an organization such as Colorado Marriage Retreats, the couple is guided by a counselor and spends much of the time talking with each other face to face. They gradually begin to focus on some of the issues that have been undermining their relationship and talk about how they might turn things around. The relationship begins to be restored and two now realize that they can authentically reconcile.
Resolving Important Issues
Sometimes the problems involve extremely important issues that the two have not been able to work through. For instance, they may have both wanted children but have been unable to bring this dream into reality. Many marriages break down under this type of disappointment.
Rebuilding the Lines of Communication
Rebuilding the lines of communication is crucial. That’s what the couple focuses on during the intensive retreat and counseling. When they return home, they are ready to continue having honest discussions. This is a substantially faster way of breaking down barriers and regaining trust than happens with weekly hour-long counseling sessions.