Dating a recovering gambling addict
Visit a tourist attraction neither of you have been to, or get on a hop-on, hop-off tour around your own city – you will be amazed at the amount of new information you will actually learn about the city you thought you knew! Remember, it is not just the first date that will be substance-free, all of them will be!
Keep things interesting by incorporating a shared interest, adding an element of competition, or creating new variations on old date ideas – such as waking up at the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise in the park.
While this is just a suggested time period, many treatment professionals and old-timers have seen the consequences of dating in very early recovery.
By Aimee Runyon For those of us recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction, dating can be a complicated and confusing world.
Dating in addiction recovery can often lead to relapse if you are not ready for what lies ahead.
From the abundance of strong emotions at the beginning of a relationship, to the emotional turmoil experienced during a breakup, dating can often cause a person to put their recovery on the back burner, or worse – experience a relapse.
Anywhere that has become an important and conducive place for your recovery, such as AA meetings or a new job, may not be the best place to find a partner.
Breakups can put people at risk for relapse, and if a breakup also makes a place that was once a solid part of your recovery uncomfortable, this risk gets even greater. Dating another recovering addict is advised only if both people are secure in their recovery, making both partners’ risk for relapse less likely.