Men and women learn a lot in recovery, not just about staying sober but living a happy, satisfying life.
They don’t need to be taken care of; they learned how to do that for themselves.
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.
While some people can easily relate to and embrace the fact that everyone has a past, others can find it hard to reconcile the two.
If you’ve decided to move forward with the relationship, here are some dos and don’ts that will make dating someone in recovery a lot easier for both of you.
After dating one dud after another, you finally find someone who seems to have it all – thoughtful, witty, responsible – and good-looking to boot.
Then they drop a bomb: “I used to be a drug addict.” They may as well have said, “I’m married.” But does one partner being in recovery automatically spell doom for a relationship?
They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.
Healthy Recovery, Healthy Relationships Most recovering addicts aren’t strangers to therapy and, as a result, have spent a lot of time working on themselves and their relationships.
They have learned critical relationship skills, including how to identify, process and communicate their emotions and to set personal boundaries while respecting the lines drawn by others.
Recovery is a time for self-care and reflection, establishing structure and controlling urges.
Most weeks, Saturday nights are spent at 12 step meetings.
If your partner needs support, couples counseling and ALANON meetings are recommended.