Dating someone in alcohol recovery
Alcoholism and drug abuse seriously impact your ability to have meaningful, healthy relationships.
Dating in recovery means that your connection and conversation will be more genuine, caring and from a place of greater emotional health, leaving both you and your date feeling fantastic – whether or not a romantic relationship is sparked.
It is also a time when recovering addicts are starting to rediscover themselves.
You may fear being judged about your addiction history, but sobriety is a part of your life now. Plus, a potential partner should be 100% supportive of this, so it is important to be honest with them straight away.When you first start dating in recovery, it is normal to feel completely scared and confused – after all, where is all that liquid courage?Here we take you through the best steps to getting back out on the scene while ensuring that you do not relapse in the process.Visit a tourist attraction neither of you have been to, or get on a hop-on, hop-off tour around your own city – you will be amazed at the amount of new information you will actually learn about the city you thought you knew! Remember, it is not just the first date that will be substance-free, all of them will be!
Keep things interesting by incorporating a shared interest, adding an element of competition, or creating new variations on old date ideas – such as waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise in the park.
Dating in addiction recovery can often lead to relapse if you are not ready for what lies ahead.