Someone with less than a year sober should stay focused on their recovery program, not dating.
This guideline is designed to protect the addict as well as the people they might date.
The findings, presented last week at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington, DC, are the latest developments in a long-researched and controversial approach to treating addiction – using vaccines to effectively neuter drugs' effects.
We'll see more problems going forward, simply because it takes a couple of months to grow poppies, but it only takes a couple of days to make the synthetic opioid."One of the difficulties with developing vaccines to counter these kinds of drugs is that the opioids are made up of tiny molecules that the body's immune system doesn't recognise, and so doesn't do anything to fight against them.Before diving into a relationship, find out if your prospective partner is actively using drugs or alcohol, or if they display addictive or compulsive patterns in other areas (e.g., gambling, work, sex, food or spending).If you care about someone in active addiction, help them into treatment and hold off on turning a friendship into more until they’re grounded in their recovery.Better still, because the same receptors in the brain that signal pleasure in response to opioids are the ones that can depress breathing in high doses of drugs, it's possible the vaccine could reduce deaths from overdoses – a result the animal research suggests.
To that end, the team hopes to begin clinical trials investigating how their molecule works in humans.For example, you’ll likely need to avoid drinking or using drugs around your partner.