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).
If you care about someone in active addiction, help them into treatment and hold off on turning a friendship into more until they’re grounded in their recovery.
Someone with less than a year sober should stay focused on their recovery program, not dating.
Addiction is a disease of emotions, and once you become sober, those emotions can be confusing.
If you have not heard it yet, you are not a “bad” person because you are an alcoholic or addict.
You are a “sick” person, however, that needs to concentrate on getting better.
Whether you are single and getting sober, or recovery is a part of your relationship, here are some tips to help you date smarter and safer. A therapeutic environment is a necessity for learning more functional patterns of behavior and gaining insight into the origins of your disease.
In therapy, you will work on assessing readiness, especially for the dating game.