Many recovering alcoholics and drug addicts have problems with their sexual and relationship life. Even though they have been in 12-step recovery, they may still have problems with intimate relating.
They may have great difficulty following through with relationships and instead go for repeated seductions in which they use the feeling of falling in love as a substitute high. Other recovering chemical dependency people become sexually compulsive with online hook-ups or internet pornography as their new drug of choice. Still others have intense, high drama relationships in which they seek to control the other person out of fear. As they often say, “I don’t have relationships, I take prisoners.”
Recovering alcoholics and drug addicts may use denial mechanisms to avoid seeing their problems with intimacy and sexuality. When we talk about being “in denial” what we mean is that the addict is using one or more habitual ways of thinking about a situation which serve to eliminate the need to take the situation seriously or to do anything about it.
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