Dating a recovered heroin addict

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About 5 years ago, I met a guy and we too hit it off really well.Our first date was great and we had a lot in common and were attracted to each other as well.It is also a time when recovering addicts are starting to rediscover themselves.The early stages of recovery are spent figuring out who you are without drugs and alcohol, rebuilding your own sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and re-learning how to cope with stressors of everyday life.Sex is a natural, healthy part of relationships, but it is also a major cause of relapse among the newly sober.

SOBER: Healthy dating in recovery, should look like healthy dating in general.When an individual can’t refrain from having sex or beginning a romantic relationship for the 30-plus days required in drug rehab, it can be a sign of an underlying love or sex addiction. While drugs may be the most obvious object of addiction, when they are taken away the individual may quickly find another “high” in sex or relationships.Clients who pursue romantic relationships during drug rehab often find themselves missing out on the healing work of treatment.Dating in addiction recovery can often lead to relapse if you are not ready for what lies ahead.From the abundance of strong emotions at the beginning of a relationship, to the emotional turmoil experienced during a breakup, dating can often cause a person to put their recovery on the back burner, or worse – experience a relapse.But perhaps dating in addiction recovery isn’t so cut and dry?Today, we talk with someone who is trying to make dating and social networking easier for people who do not use drugs or alcohol.If you do meet someone special within the first year of recovery, taking it slowly and being honest that your sobriety is the most important factor in your life is crucial.Dating in recovery can be challenging for many reasons.For others, one soured relationship can trigger a surge of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors, eventually leading to relapse.Is your recovery solid enough to withstand a relationship?

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