If you’re in a relationship with a recovering drug addict or in recovery yourself, there are factors to consider that may not be present in a relationship with somebody who is not an addict.That is, the experience of addiction, the behaviors associated with drug addiction, and the process of recovery can impact the way we interact with others.We’ve seen this repeatedly in treatment centers and sober livings.Two individuals begin dating, one has some difficulties, and both relapse.There are many factors to take into account when jumping into the dating game in recovery, and we encourage you to both investigate what feels right to you and work with somebody who knows you well.
As a recovering addict, we have to remain vigilant about our behavior and where it is leading us.
There are many suggestions, unofficial guidelines, and things to consider when building relationships surrounding recovery.
Let’s start by clarifying that some people are recovering from relationship issues, sexual addiction, and/or trauma.
Something I try to keep in mind in my own relationship is how we can grow together.
In my experience, if we both aren’t growing individually, we can’t really have a healthy relationship. We both have days or weeks of difficulty or struggles, and we support each other.
On the other hand, if two recovering addicts or alcoholics are healthy and doing well, there’s the potential for them to really feed each other. Two addicts are a sobriety “power couple,” working their own programs and growing individually.