It's not a river addiction if you're like me - it's something that makes you whole. A supportive wife/husband wants that person to have the thing that makes them whole. If they are not supportive, well.....
I'm lucky and my hubby's lucky as we both love to raft and in the off season we support each other's other hobbies. It's hard with young kids. We have had to take turns on the Grand and the Middle Fork so that one of us is home with the kids. Now that they are older we're all going together now - just picking rivers that aren't crazy. Best piece of marriage/mothering advise I ever got was "Mama ain't happy, ain't no one happy." The other was what kind of woman do you want your kids to grow up to be- then model it. My girls are well on the way to being river rats worse than me!!!!
If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh