When this other person becomes sober it can be a dramatic change that heavily affect their own life.
Their identity of the addict’s keeper is taken away, and they can struggle to find their place in the world.
Al-Anon is a fellowship that offers support to partners and other family members of addicts.
Beginning a relationship with another person who is also recovery from an addiction can be particularly problematic.
This is where they become so wrapped up in looking after the addict that they begin to lose their own identity.
They spend their time cleaning up after their partner’s mess and making excuses for them.
Another reason for why people are advised to avoid relationships in the first year is that they need to get to know themselves better before they choose a partner.
When people are addicted to alcohol or drugs, it puts a strain on their relationships.
Their partners will have been harmed by the substance abuse, and it can take a long time for these wounds to heal.
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