Facing uncharted dating territory without your usual liquid courage can increase your risk for relapse.
You might make up excuses as to why you aren’t drinking (i.e.
You may also expose yourself to more social situations where alcohol is available.
“I’m on an antibiotic” or “I have to get up early for work”), but lies won’t eliminate the possibility of future dates at tempting bars and restaurants.
It is imperative to approach this topic honestly, like you would (hopefully) approach the rest of the relationship.
In order to achieve long-term sobriety, you have to put your program first.
This remains true, regardless of your relationship status.
The first year should be focused on working the program and working on yourself.
Recovering addicts need time to learn how to cope with stressors and deal with urges.If your partner needs support, couples counseling and ALANON meetings are recommended.Oftentimes people in recovery are apprehensive about revealing their sobriety for fear of judgment.Consider where you spend the majority of your time – work, 12 step meeting, favorite yoga class.To avoid future stressful situations and risk for relapse, do not date someone from these important places.“Solid” sober time is entirely subjective as recovery is an individual process.