Dating an alcoholic
Someone with less than a year sober should stay focused on their recovery program, not dating.
This guideline is designed to protect the addict as well as the people they might date.
For example, you’ll likely need to avoid drinking or using drugs around your partner.
If you go to parties or events where alcohol is being served, you may need to leave early or offer additional support.
You’ll need to recognize these signs and get involved.
Many recovering addicts have done things in the past that result in a criminal record, making it harder to get a job.
Even if it’s inconvenient for you, you’ll need to make allowances for your partner to go to meetings or counseling sessions, particularly in stressful times, so that they can continue to prioritize their recovery.
Left unaddressed, relapse can set in motion a roller coaster of chaotic break-ups and reunification that in the long run only exacerbates the problem.They may have accrued significant debt, declared bankruptcy or had other financial problems.They may still be working out legal issues and trying to earn their way back into the lives of family and friends.You can’t change your partner or their past, but you can control yourself.In any relationship, setting and enforcing personal boundaries is an essential skill.
If they are in recovery, how long have they stayed sober?