It can be a rather delicate area when it comes to whether or not a person should consider dating during rehab. While there are several schools of thought on the subject, it is important to remember that your time in rehab, first and foremost, should be spent focused on your recovery. If you are looking for safe and effective addiction treatment, call 800-481-6320Who Answers? now.
Rehab is for Recovery
It should be noted that one’s agenda when entering a professional treatment program for addiction should never be focused on finding a potential partner. In fact, this should often be the furthest thing from your mind.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Addiction is a complex but treatable disease,” and while treatment can help one begin to recover from this issue, it is very important not to upset this delicate balance, especially early on in your recovery.
Relationships are Good, but Breakups can Result in Hardship
If you choose to date during rehab, make sure your recovery still takes priority.
Romantic relationships can be a source of strength and support, but they can also be volatile, especially new relationships. If you choose to start dating someone during rehab, it may seem like it’s helping you stay on track with your recovery at first, but if you do happen to break up, it can make it much harder for you in the long run.
A failed relationship in rehab could make a person likely to leave their treatment program early, which could be very problematic for their overall recovery. As stated by the NIDA, “Good outcomes are contingent on adequate treatment length,” so it is necessary for patients and rehab staff to avoid anything that could cause the individual to want to leave treatment early.
Some individuals, especially when both parties are struggling with addiction and recovery, can have issues with codependency or with encouraging the negative behaviors of one another. This will only increase the issues someone will be likely to struggle with during recovery.
For these reasons, it is important to remember that rehab is for recovery, not for meeting eligible partners.
What If I Meet Someone in Rehab?
It is possible that you might meet someone while you are attending rehab. While you shouldn’t necessary go looking for this particular outcome, if it does occur, it is important to consider the consequences above as well as to think long and hard about the possibility of the relationship and how important it is to you.
You should also talk to your doctor and your counselor about the potential romantic relationship and find out if they believe you––and your possible partner––to be stable enough to build a healthy and mutually beneficial connection.
Some individuals believe you absolutely shouldn’t date in rehab or until you have proven that you are stable in your post-treatment recovery while others are not as strict. It is important to reach out to the healthcare professionals in charge of your wellbeing during rehab and to think deeply about the issue before making a decision.
You must also remember that rehab is a time for recovery, self-reflection, and healing and that these are the most important aspects of your treatment phase.
Call 800-481-6320Who Answers? now to find rehab centers where you can receive the treatment options that are best for your needs and recover safely from substance abuse and addiction.
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