Especially for those in recovery, the feelings of excitement or fear can intensify when preparing for a first date.No matter what your thoughts are, remember that just because you are recovering from a substance use disorder doesn’t mean you aren’t fun, desirable or adventurous.She is an advocate for mental health and addiction treatment and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Central Florida.In the early months of recovery, you’ve given up a lot — your go-to coping strategy, your social network, your approach to life.While the guidelines for dating in recovery are similar to the rules of engagement for “normies,” a few rules are critical to your success: Dating carries obvious risks.You’re sharing personal information with someone you don’t know well who may or may not be who they say they are.Remember, triggers are people, places and things that remind you of your previous drug or alcohol use.
Relationships can be part of healing, but finding healthy partners who support your recovery is a challenge.
Remember, there is nothing wrong with staying single and focusing on the most important person in your life: you.
You’re excited about your first date, but what should you do and where should you go?
You are amazing just as you are, so while out there in the dating world keep these tips in mind.
While it is important to surround yourself with people who care about you and your sobriety, remember that there is no reason to rush into a new relationship. Deciding to date someone new can be an emotional experience, whether good or bad, so prepare yourself for what that might mean for your recovery.