On the surface, things are deceptively simple – a person is choosing to rid their lives of alcohol for the betterment of everyone around them.It’s much deeper than that, though, and often involves a life filled with choice and temptation.But before you put yourself in a position to fall for an addict, there are a few things you need to know: For anyone considering dating an active addict, it is important to realize that love cannot conquer addiction.
In fact, f MRI imaging of the brain on cocaine and the brain when sexually aroused are virtually indistinguishable.Thus, people struggling with drug addiction are also at risk for sex and love addiction.In early recovery, time spent figuring out who you really are is the best way to find someone to complement your sober life. Recovery is a time for self-care and reflection, establishing structure and controlling urges.By learning as much as you can about alcoholism, you’ll be able to both deal with and support that person through the best and worst of times.
Some people are connected to people in recovery choose to attend support groups as part of their own routine of self-care.Sometimes men relapse with drugs because they “need” the disinhibiting substance to reduce their sexual inhibitions.Other times they relapse because their new playmate is using.But, we have to be realistic and look at cases individually.Whether you are single and getting sober, or recovery is a part of your relationship, here are some tips to help you date smarter and safer. A therapeutic environment is a necessity for learning more functional patterns of behavior and gaining insight into the origins of your disease.In working with the spouses and significant others of addicts, I’ve often heard it said, “I’d rather be an addict than love one.” While few people would ever walk eyes-wide-open into a chronic disease like addiction, the statement speaks to the confusion, loneliness and despair common not only among addicts but also the men and women who love them. In fact, addicts who are solid in their recovery can make excellent partners.