Honest background-disclosure is a great way for people to connect and get a feel for who the other is — but there will inevitably be some aspect of everyone’s past which they fear will give others the wrong impression.
These addictive relationships are distracting and dysfunctional, and they greatly increase the risk for substance abuse relapse.
Men who stop using drugs or alcohol but have not yet addressed their underlying psychological issues and emotional challenges often transfer their chemical addiction into the sexual or romantic arena.
Many such men search obsessively, usually online or using smartphone apps, for sexual partners, regardless of whether they are in an existing relationship.
Some do well but, for example, I have 12 patients on my unit right now and 5 of them are "frequent flyers".
Even my patients that have every reason in the world to do well fail. Aside from relapse, a majority of my patients have committed crimes in order to continue feeding their addiction. We have them that have completely destroyed their families with their addiction. A "junkie" shouldn't ever be out at a bar or drinking ever again.