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Dating and addiction are two words you don’t often hear together and sadly, it seems the perception ‘once an addict, always an addict’ still rings true, with just under a third of the UK population (29%) saying they would not consider a relationship with a recovered drug addict.

Help and addiction service Port of Call carried out a survey to find out more about the UK’s attitudes to addiction, including how people feel about getting romantically involved with a former addict.

Interestingly, 50% of 16-24-year-olds had no qualms about being charmed by someone post drug addiction, however, more than 57% of those aged 45+ were opposed to the idea; suggesting that despite the lingering taboo, the younger generation is much more understanding and sympathetic towards addiction as an illness.

The survey did reveal that for a very small number of UK females (16%), dating a former addict is very much on the cards, answering that they would be...

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