Dating when in early sobriety

This is a common cliché that people in recovery hear over and over again.However, like all clichés, they stem from a common truth.

People’s commitment to sobriety should always be recovering addicts’ first priority during the first year.

And if they stay committed, eventually it will pay off in other periods of their life, like forming a relationship with someone who cared enough to support someone’s efforts to become sober.

When and who people fall in love with can’t be controlled.

However, one word of caution is that these relationships should be taken slowly, with no serious commitment made in the first year.

People who are in early sobriety are in an especially fragile period of their life.

And, frankly, most romantic relationships formed in the early stages of sobriety are not going to last, and when they do end, this unfortunately may trigger a relapse.

The ultimate goal of someone in the early stages of sobriety is to learn how to form healthy relationships with people, dating or otherwise.

When you first start dating in recovery, it is normal to feel completely scared and confused – after all, where is all that liquid courage?

Dating can throw a big monkey wrench into this, because everyone knows nothing chips away at self-confidence and feelings of self worth like dating.


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