Many schools of thought exist on whether it is appropriate to date in recovery, particularly if the person also has an addiction. One of the benefits from dating someone with similar circumstances is the ability to empathize and understand each other. Nearly 20 million American struggle with addiction so everyone has most likely been impacted in some way, shape or form. Here are some things to keep in mind before dating an addict in recovery.
Individuals in recovery from addiction can be quite balanced and healthy as the mind and body clears of substances which formerly clouded judgment, perspective and positive thinking. It is, however, one thing to desire personal empowerment and quite another to have achieved it, depending on the length of time a person has been in recovery. Some key points to be aware of include:
Some do’s and don’ts are helpful in the decision making process when it comes to dating an addict in recovery. It may be easy to assume things from the start but it is best to know a few things before jumping in head first to avoid stress and broken hearts which may hinder progress in recovery.
Education and counseling can help individuals overcome concerns about being in a relationship with someone recovering from addiction. Strong communication is key to keeping the partnership strong in addition to support for each other’s individual journeys. Dating an addict in recovery can be wonderful for both parties or dangerous for the addict’s recovery and sobriety.
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