Dating a newly recovered alcoholic


When you make the choice to enter an alcohol and drug rehab, you probably are not checking in with the goal of finding your soul mate.

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?

Some are deeply spiritual people whose lives are infused with meaning and purpose, while others volunteer in their communities or have interesting hobbies that keep them grounded.

Because recovery is a lifelong process, recovering addicts are in a perpetual state of self-improvement.

Recovering addicts don’t expect perfection in their partners, having learned firsthand that it doesn’t exist.

And they have committed – in recovery and in life – to honesty and integrity and making decisions in accordance with their values.

If you have not heard it yet, you are not a “bad” person because you are an alcoholic or addict.

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