Dating a recovering addict advice
If you understand these realities and accept them, you may be ready to start dating a recovering addict.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind as you take this journey: Dating a recovering addict is not impossible, but it may represent an additional relationship challenge.
If you’ve struggled with addiction yourself, be extra cautious – your use can trigger their relapse, and their relapse could spell ruin for both of you.
Left unaddressed, relapse can set in motion a roller coaster of chaotic break-ups and reunification that in the long run only exacerbates the problem.
Even if it’s inconvenient for you, you’ll need to make allowances for your partner to go to meetings or counseling sessions, particularly in stressful times, so that they can continue to prioritize their recovery.
Short of a relapse, there still may be times when they fall into old habits, such as withdrawing from friends and family or telling lies.
Are they actively working a program of recovery (e.g., participating in self-help support meetings, counseling or an aftercare program)?Addiction is a lifelong disease and even if he has been sober for years, a relapse is always possible.Also know that love does not conquer all, especially real world problems like addiction. You meet all kinds of people in bars and clubs and maybe you meet some real strange characters in online dating as well. Is that a deal breaker or should you consider getting to know him better?The choice is a personal one, but before you dive head first into a relationship with a recovering addict you should be ready for what lies ahead.