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The thing with me and my past partner two years ago now was that he would make all these promises, assure me he would take his medication and get help and do better, but I never saw him making a genuine effort to get clean, at least while we were together. He now said he cannot date me as its part of his recovery program and I am on medication. I was honest about my past and shared I would have 9 years of recovery in January.
If he had even gone to al anon meetings and tried hard with their programme, I would have stayed with him. We had only been on four casual dates so I had not shared the exact details of my past because they are painful and personal.
I've seen more relationships fail, in the rooms, than succeed.
But that doesn't mean it can't work-- as long as the partner has a good sense of self. I met someone who was addicted to marijuana and hashish, and also alcohol.
All of these can be difficult to understand, so you have to honestly evaluate and communicate your tolerance level.
If you are in a relationship with someone in a.a., n.a. I was certainly going to share more as time went on.
or the weekly bridge game, you are intimate with them. The person started googling me and found a mug shot from an arrest a decade ago from one of those extortion websites ( I will be joining the class action suits) , especially since I was never actually charged with the crime and successfully completed treatment and the drug court program.
Some are deeply spiritual people whose lives are infused with meaning and purpose, while others volunteer in their communities or have interesting hobbies that keep them grounded.
Because recovery is a lifelong process, recovering addicts are in a perpetual state of self-improvement.