While it may seem juvenile to forbid grown adults from having sex or engaging in a relationship, these rules are in place to protect the recovery of every client in drug rehab.
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.
Since recovery is the top priority in your life, you may hope to find someone who also values the journey of recovery and personal growth.
Relationships take work and energy, and you don’t have much of either to give when you first get sober.
Give yourself time to work on yourself without the distractions and intensity of relationships.
The healthier and stronger you are, the more likely it is that you will eventually have a relationship that is healthy too.
Sex is a natural, healthy part of relationships, but it is also a major cause of relapse among the newly sober.
If this happens, you will most likely experience cravings, and your own sobriety may become precarious.
There are both pros and cons to consider when dating other addicts in recovery, and, in the end, whom you choose to date is a personal decision.
Recovery is the foundation on which they can build a healthy, useful life.
When you date people outside recovery, you may feel like you can’t be yourself.
You may try to hide things you have done in the past or you may struggle to appear normal.