Taking the steps to free yourself from the hold of a drug addiction is no small feat, so if you’ve gotten yourself onto the path of recovery, that’s something to be very proud of. Now that you’ve made the commitment to stay clean, you might be wondering how to handle this new way of life in the midst of life’s many pleasures—in particular, a loving relationship. Relationships aren’t always easy, even in the best of circumstances, so when one or both partners are recovering from addictions, it can be especially tricky. To help you decide whether it’s okay for you to pursue a relationship while you’re still in recovery, here is what we recommend you consider:
How far into your addiction recovery are you?
There is no definitive recovery timeline when it comes to addiction. For some people, full recovery takes years, while others find themselves healthy in just one year. The very fact that you are here on this page right now, taking the time to research what might be the best thing to do, demonstrates that you are likely in a healthier place than you have been in the past. Yet, how strong is your desire to drink or use? When we still spend much of our days yearning for the drugs we left behind, we’re usually not quite ready to immerse ourselves in a relationship.
Recovery is a full-time job.
Especially in the beginning of your journey, staying addiction-free requires a commitment like no other. Usually, that leaves very little time and energy for other things outside of what’s absolutely necessary (going to work, maintaining your home, rekindling relationships with your family, etc.). While a new love interest can be exciting and it can feel good to have someone there to take your mind off drugs, this kind of distraction can prevent you from continuing the work that’s necessary for full, long-term recovery from addiction.
A relationship can be a trigger.
Before you decide to get into a relationship at this point in your recovery, think long and hard about what triggers you to drink or use drugs. Keep in mind that relationships can be major triggers. Sometimes, falling in love is a high that we addicts will use as a temporary replacement for our addictions to drugs. Sometimes, when things go wrong in a relationship, we use that as an excuse to return to our old standby addictions. If you’re not prepared for how you’ll handle these issues, then it might be best to avoid a relationship right now.
Do you have more questions about drug rehab in Maryland and recovering from addiction?
At Phoenix Recovery Center in Maryland, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have and guide you towards the best treatment option for you. It is our mission to equip each and every one of our clients with the knowledge and support systems they need in order to get clean, stay sober, and live a joyful life, free from addiction. We work with families to help stop the cycles of addiction and the enabling patterns which prevent their loved ones from finding sobriety. We also establish aftercare for our patients upon completing treatment to help them continue down their path of sobriety.