Addictive personality and dating
Of course, not all addicts relapse and those that do are often able to get back on track before too much damage is done, but the threat is there nevertheless.
If you move forward with the relationship, be aware of a few unique aspects of dating someone in recovery.
Second, they should be actively working a program of recovery – attending meetings, volunteering, practicing self-care and so on – not just begrudgingly staying away from drugs and alcohol while addictive patterns fester.
I was hoping that after the program we could slowly start to date. The question is, I am on anti-depressants for when I was being bully at work.Some are deeply spiritual people whose lives are infused with meaning and purpose, while others volunteer in their communities or have interesting hobbies that keep them grounded.Because recovery is a lifelong process, recovering addicts are in a perpetual state of self-improvement.It isn’t your job to safeguard their sobriety, and someone firmly grounded in recovery won’t expect you to, but as a member of their support network you’ll need to encourage them to prioritize their recovery, sometimes even over you.You also need to assess how much baggage you can handle. They may have accrued debts, a criminal record or legal problems, or irrevocably damaged key relationships in their lives that make your interactions with their family and friends tenuous.
Recovering addicts don’t expect perfection in their partners, having learned firsthand that it doesn’t exist.