Dating for people in recovery

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It is common for addicts to seek instant gratification and experience a transfer of addictions, particularly in the earlier phases.

Take time in sobriety to reset those dopamine receptors.

To be clear, no professional would ever recommend dating in early recovery.

But, we have to be realistic and look at cases individually.

In addition, there is an increased risk of relapse with breakups. Could you both indulge a case of the “screw-its” together?

If your partner is in recovery too, it is important to assess their stability as well as yours. Structure and routine are crucial to the recovery process.

The first year should be focused on working the program and working on yourself.

Recovering addicts need time to learn how to cope with stressors and deal with urges.

If your partner uses drugs or alcohol, it is more likely that they could lead you down a counterproductive path.

Facing uncharted dating territory without your usual liquid courage can increase your risk for relapse.

You might make up excuses as to why you aren’t drinking (i.e.

Your sobriety is a part of your life and there is no need to be ashamed of the amazing work you have done to get to this point.

Being upfront, if not preemptive, will help you to reduce the chance of a slip up, avoid risky surroundings for dates and weed out the people who may be uncomfortable with dating someone in recovery.

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