Many experts in addiction treatment strongly encourage their clients to wait at least one year before beginning a new relationship. The first year of addiction recovery is a vital time when your sobriety should be in the absolute forefront and will take all of your focus and energy.
It is also a time when recovering addicts are starting to rediscover themselves.
Addiction is a serious disease that has taken a toll on both your mind and body.
It is only fair that you take the time to heal both of those aspects before you even think about becoming romantically involved with another person.
Did you know that when you enter alcohol or drug rehab, there is a good chance that you will be asked to agree to a non-fraternization policy?
Dating in addiction recovery can often lead to relapse if you are not ready for what lies ahead.
Watch this video to hear more about my experience with disclosing that I am in recovery, and please share your own–or your thoughts on the matter–below.
When you first start dating in recovery, it is normal to feel completely scared and confused – after all, where is all that liquid courage?
From the abundance of strong emotions at the beginning of a relationship, to the emotional turmoil experienced during a breakup, dating can often cause a person to put their recovery on the back burner, or worse – experience a relapse.
This is why it is often recommended that you wait at least a full year before starting to date in recovery.