Dating and chemical dependency
For example, many professionals point to early sexual abuse as the place where some anxieties began.
It has been recognized that childhood sexual abuse is a risk factor in drug dependence.
And, to break down its walls, it’s necessary to understand the effects of sex addiction.
Sexuality is often one of the most fragile areas of a recovering individual’s torn self-esteem.
When we begin to neglect our responsibilities—work, family, friends—in search of personal pleasure, we then call this phenomenon an addiction.
And, when someone comes to the end of the rope with addiction, they often recognize that the only way to undo the damage is to go into what we call sobriety, or recovery.
Many of the issues of love and relationships, that come up for addicts in recovery from alcohol/chemical dependency, have something to do with sexuality, once the walls are broken down.
Many women are still the primary home caregivers, putting the needs of men and children ahead of their own, neglecting their own need for support and intimacy.
Addicts need to learn to recognize the patterns of feelings, sexual or otherwise, that drive them to drink or abuse substances.
Only then are they ready for new relationships, or of rekindling an old one. A recovering addict also needs to move slowly, whether in a new or old relationship.
It is important to mention that drug and drinking problems can be sexual problems in disguise.
Sex plays a major role for some individuals who become chemically dependent.
Research indicates that, of all the people in treatment, about half have been raped or abused, while a third are victims of incest.