Dating for people in recovery programs
In the earliest stages, most recovering addicts are trying to figure out who they are, what they want and how to be in a healthy relationship.Beyond the first year, the longer someone has maintained their sobriety the more secure you can feel that you’re choosing a partner who is healthy and whole.
Short of a relapse, there still may be times when they fall into old habits, such as withdrawing from friends and family or telling lies.An estimated 40 to 60 percent of addicts relapse, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.Since relapse is always a possibility, addicts and their partners need to stay alert to their triggers and be prepared to get help when warranted.No one can tell you when it’s time to call it quits except you.
Dating a recovering addict can be complicated, but most relationships are.
Before diving into a relationship, find out if your prospective partner is actively using drugs or alcohol, or if they display addictive or compulsive patterns in other areas (e.g., gambling, work, sex, food or spending).