It is strongly advised that they remain focused on themselves until their sobriety is strong.
Once they are settled in their new life, they can then begin to consider sharing it with somebody else.
Whether they turn out to be happy relationships, or they crash and burn in a few weeks, romantic attachments have the potential to distract the individual from his or her ability to remain focused on recovery and that is the reason that so many are talking about whether or not it’s worth the risk for newcomers.
Ryan Miller has worked in substance abuse treatment for the past four years and spent the past two years at Futures.
Romantic relationships can be a great source of happiness in sobriety, but they can also be the source of great pain.
One of the worst things that an individual can do in early recovery is jump headfirst into romance.
They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.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.”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.The first few months of recovery are often described as an emotional rollercoaster because there is so much going on.The last thing that an individual will want to do will be to add the stress of a new relationship to the mix.