Dating a recovered meth addict
Until your new coping mechanisms are solidly in place, relapse may follow every time a relationship doesn’t end well.Equally problematic is the fact that it’s just as easy to become addicted to the “high” of a new relationship or sexual partner as it is to drugs or alcohol.In many cases, these relationships are not only distracting and dysfunctional, but they also put both partners at increased risk of relapse. Promiscuity, Affairs or Risky Sexual Behavior If your therapist recommends sexual abstinence for at least the first 90 days of sobriety and you feel like all air has escaped the room, you may be struggling with an underlying love or sex addiction.An inability to be alone, feeling worthless or unloved when not in a relationship, or a sudden drop in self-esteem brought on by having fewer sexual partners can all point to a deeper issue.Bars and clubs are an obvious threat, but dangers also lurk in unexpected places such as 12-Step meetings.These groups provide a safe, supportive forum for sharing and receiving feedback from peers, but this openness also makes them an appealing place to meet a romantic partner.
Why do relationships in early recovery so often lead to relapse? At a time when emotions are already unstable, a break-up can trigger the kind of anger and despair that used to be assuaged with drugs or alcohol.Alcohol and drug use are an accepted (and sometimes expected) part of the dating scene, which can trigger a relapse for even the most resolute.