Dating a newly recovered alcoholic

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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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