Safety can be of even greater concern for the 40 million people dating online where it’s easy to hide behind anonymity, make up personas and date multiple people at the same time.“Safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind,” says Stan Tatkin, Psy D, MFT, author and assistant clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.What is worse is you'll also have to consider how you'll deal with relapse if it happens. Even the best relationships are sometimes messy and chaotic, but drugs are an immediate escape and a quick way to temporary nirvana. Some addicts realize that they've given up the truly important things in their life, and work as hard as they can not to mess them up again.Ever hear the saying, "Replace one habit with another"? When trying to come or stay off drugs, they often switch vices.Addicts spend a lot of time working on themselves and their relationships on the path to sobriety, so they can apply all those lessons to your relationship.In the early months of recovery, you’ve given up a lot — your go-to coping strategy, your social network, your approach to life.Smoking cigarettes, exercising or having sex are popular stand-ins.But beginning a serious relationship can be another substitute.
You’re sharing personal information with someone you don’t know well who may or may not be who they say they are.
Although it won't be the same for everyone, maybe some of you can relate.
If you're romantically involved with a current or former drug addict, just know it's not all bad.
It’s natural to look to the comfort of new love to counteract the loneliness.
Relationships can be part of healing, but finding healthy partners who support your recovery is a challenge.