Dating a former addict

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Addiction recovery is a complex process and it is important to understand what that process entails when entering a relationship with a recovering addict.

The obvious initial concern is; will he/she relapse?

Dating a recovering addict may involve unique challenges such as scheduling dinner plans around addiction support group meetings.

Supporting your partner means understanding and encouraging the former addict’s efforts to be sober or drug-free.

Addiction is described by the Merriam Webster dictionary as the “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (such as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” This broad definition can not take into account the many individual experiences of addiction and recovery. Some go to 12 step meetings or other sober support groups. Some find support and spiritual renewal in church while others engage in certain self-care practices to maintain an emotional and physical balance that allows them to remain free of addictive behaviors.

If you are considering dating someone then having these interests in common is a positive indicator that you may be compatible.This is an understandable worry as the majority of individuals seeking abstinence do not succeed on their first attempt.Relapse though not a feature of every recovering addict’s journey is commonplace enough that a potential dating partner may be concerned.In this way, you are able to enjoy shared interests while actively supporting your partner’s sobriety and deepening the intimate connection.There are risks and benefits in any dating relationship.

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