Dating when in early sobriety

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Early recovery is a time for self-exploration, learning, and a multitude of other things, and choosing to date can interrupt or stop that process.” [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][dt_fancy_separator separator_style=”double” separator_color=”custom” custom_separator_color=”#a49161″][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text] A commonly heard piece of advice given out at 12-step meetings is that avoiding any romantic relationships in the first year is recommended. Very few relationships that begin during the first year of recovery go well.

Though it’s not one of the 12 steps or traditions, it’s just one of those things that is commonly suggested. In fact, most end swiftly and dramatically and, as a result, the newly recovering person or persons involved in the affair often end up relapsing – and some return to full-blown addiction.

Dating in addiction recovery can often lead to relapse if you are not ready for what lies ahead.

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.

Says Miller: “Early in recovery, getting into a relationship, you really take the focus off of yourself and put it on somebody else.In co-ed meetings, the opposite sex may share some attractive qualities, drawing the newly recovering man or woman to them by speaking about similar values, top line behaviors, goals and other enjoyable changes occurring in their life.IT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL TO FEEL AN ATTRACTION TO WHAT THEY SHARE. It’s OK to like what is being said, and not have to become attached to someone by sleeping with them or dating them!Written By Ivy Chase Often times, early sobriety is full of change and difficulties.Life seems stressful just getting out of bed for someone who is newly sober; facing the world with raw emotions and no chemical buffer can seem like a defeat in itself.

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