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They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.
Romantic relationships can be a great source of happiness in sobriety, but they can also be the source of great pain.
Recovering addicts hear this all the time in 12-step programs.
However, this sound bit of wisdom is rarely heeded.
This guideline is designed to protect the addict as well as the people they might date.
But before you put yourself in a position to fall for an addict, there are a few things you need to know: For anyone considering dating an active addict, it is important to realize that love cannot conquer addiction.
Addiction takes priority over everything – you, children, career, financial security, even one’s own freedom.
When it comes to delaying gratification, when it comes to "choosing" between "one step at a time" versus "all at once," thinking in terms of gradual and taking time to develop and being objective and realistic are not how addicts are wired. Most recovering addicts don't realize that admitting to being out of control and surrendering to their powerlessness, as having done so in Steps I and II, also apply to their emotions when dating and in early stage relationships.
The problem is not the relationship or the intimacy. Sex tends to increase one's level of emotional involvement and intensity of feelings, especially for women.