7 Reasons Why it is Impossible To Have a Relationship With an Addict

Is it possible to have a genuinely loving, connected, intimate relationship with an addict? The simple answer is no. Find out why.

Kenny Weiss
Kenny Weiss

Is it possible to have a genuinely loving, connected, intimate relationship with an addict who is active in their addiction? The simple answer is no.

No Mutual Sharing

Addicts are self-absorbed, so any mutual sharing of information, of their heart, or their interests doesn't exist. A lack of mutual sharing is a barrier to intimacy. That is because the addiction runs everything, so any sharing they do is manipulative.

No Stability

With addicts, everything's intense. Therefore, addicts are completely impulsive and compulsive, which leads to a lack of stability. When there's a lack of stability in a relationship, it creates a high state of stress and fear and a massive amount of intensity.

No Trust

Addicts lie, they manipulate, they steal. They'll do anything to keep the addiction going. They'll hide it from you. They are covert in their ways. Therefore, trust is not possible, and neither is intimacy and connection.

Inability to Connect

At the heart of addiction is intolerable emotional pain.

The addiction is there so that they don't feel that intolerable pain, and if they can't feel their pain and are numb, they can't feel you.

They won't be able to express themselves, and they won't be there for you emotionally. However, healthy relationships and intimacy require a person to be in touch with their feelings.

Self-Loathing

Addiction comes from self-loathing because every addict goes against their morals and values, needs and wants negotiables, and non-negotiables. As a result, they don't want to be an addict, even if they try and convince you by saying, "Oh, I'm not an addict," or "It's no big deal, I'm fine."

All of that is a lie, and the lies that they continue to tell are more self-loathing and more of the pain they project onto you. Since they cannot take ownership, they won't see that their lies aren't true.

Delusion

Addicts operate from a skewed reality. But addicts are extremely convincing. After all, they've convinced themselves and most likely you that they need the substance or are not abusing the substance.

Detachment

Addicts survive their unhealed pain by detaching from reality. They aren't present in the world, and therefore they aren't present in the relationship. When in a relationship with an addict, you're essentially in a relationship with an actor. Can you have a relationship with an actor? Of course not. Is there true, authentic intimacy? Of course not.

Solution

If you're in a relationship with an addict, there's only one solution. You have to face the addiction and accept that you can do nothing to stop it. The addict comes to that on their own. Typically an addict will exhaust all of their denial mechanisms until they're in so much pain that the consequences of continuing the addiction feel worse than the addiction itself. For some people, that never happens because usually, they're great at finding enablers to keep it going.

Conclusion

If you're in a relationship with an addict, you're not really in a relationship because it's a codependent dual enabling. So there's not an authentic relationship or authentic intimacy.

It's two people doing the best they can with where they are at the moment. Both of them are hurting; both of them are perfectly imperfect.

Life is so challenging because we don't teach how to navigate these complex issues. Ultimately it all boils down to a choice:

Would we like to live a little bit better and in a little bit less pain?

If that's what you want, there's only one way.

We have to face the pain that created the pain on both sides: for the addict and the enabler of the addict's behavior.

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