While some people can easily relate to and embrace the fact that everyone has a past, others can find it hard to reconcile the two.
If you’ve decided to move forward with the relationship, here are some dos and don’ts that will make dating someone in recovery a lot easier for both of you.
Men and women learn a lot in recovery, not just about staying sober but living a happy, satisfying life.
They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.
Ask a mental health professional about the disorder or read a book about the struggles people with alcoholism have faced to expand your knowledge. Be open about your concerns and hesitations about dating her. Share your story and why you have come to the meeting.
Creating an air of openness and honesty lets her know that she can be forthright and builds trust between the both of you. Al-Anon is a support group focused on the people affected by alcoholism, such as wives, husbands, parents, partners and children; these groups allow people to share their experiences and benefit from the support of others. Continue your participation in the support group for as long as you feel necessary.
Healthy Recovery, Healthy Relationships Most recovering addicts aren’t strangers to therapy and, as a result, have spent a lot of time working on themselves and their relationships.
They have learned critical relationship skills, including how to identify, process and communicate their emotions and to set personal boundaries while respecting the lines drawn by others.