As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to unfold, the world is locking down, forcing millions out of work and many into isolation. While social distancing isn’t easy for anyone, it is hitting one group particularity hard. People who are recovering from a substance use disorder are finding it difficult to maintain recovery with their routine uprooted, and many of them are relapsing during COVID-19.
Sex is a natural, healthy part of relationships, but it is also a major cause of relapse among the newly clean. For some, unhealthy sexual behaviors and relationship patterns are cross-addictions that fully emerge once drugs and alcohol are out of the picture. For others, one soured relationship can trigger a surge of dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors, eventually leading to relapse. Is your recovery solid enough to withstand a relationship?