Your time in a Colorado rehab can be an intensely emotional experience with many difficult emotions to process and work through. Romantic relationships also take a great deal of emotional and mental energy, so they should be approached with great caution during your stay in rehab.
Reasons Dating During Rehab May Be Problematic
To be successful in Colorado rehab takes all your mental and emotional energy as you explore the reasons for your substance abuse and learn new techniques for maintaining sobriety and handling temptations. For most people, putting energy into dating will interfere with your commitment to rehab and risk the success of your program.
Having a relationship while in rehab can also have other detrimental effects, including encouraging you to present the best possible version of yourself and possibly even hide negative things about yourself. Particularly when it is a new relationship, you are not likely to be as willing to be vulnerable and talk about your faults, which is a necessary part of rehab.
Besides the energy and vulnerability required for relationships, having a sexual relationship while in rehab may be particularly challenging physically as the body heals from addiction. In addition, if risky behavior while under the influence exposed you to any STDs, they could be passed on to the new partner during this time when you might not even be aware of them.
What You Should Know Before Dating an Addict in Rehab
If you are the one considering dating an addict, there are some things you should consider before taking that step as well. Besides the fact that you probably do not want to take energy and effort away from their rehab efforts, it can be risky for you to date someone who is in rehab also.
Addiction is a chronic disease, and 40 to 60 percent of addicts go through periods of relapse where they are actively using drugs or alcohol again. Their behavior may put you and possibly other family members at risk for abuse, accidents, or financial problems, depending on how closely you become involved in the relationship.
Addicts face many difficulties outside their addictions; some are involved in the criminal justice system, have ongoing health conditions, or have mental health disorders along with the addiction. They will likely need high levels of ongoing emotional support and may even need financial support if they have trouble getting or keeping a job.
Despite all these concerns, you may still decide you want to date an addict. Recovering addicts have many good qualities that make them attractive, and once they have finished rehab and had some time to transition back into their lives, you can re-evaluate your feelings and enter the relationship at that time. After all, you want your relationship to have the best possible chance of being successful. A post-rehab relationship will be much more likely to survive than one that starts in the middle of such an intense and formative time.
If you or any of your loved ones need help overcoming an addiction, Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a Colorado drug rehab equipped to help you face your addiction head-on and learn how to enter recovery successfully. Contact us for more information about all of our treatment programs.