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They may have other mental health issues, compulsions and cross-addictions that need to be addressed as well, before they can truly focus on a relationship. The focus of the first year in recovery should be on working your program, practicing the 12 Steps and meeting with your sponsor, counsels Desloover, not on the distraction of relationships. Desloover asks her clients, “Would you want to date you right now? Early in recovery, people tend to have high expectations of others without thinking about what they themselves are bringing to the table.
Only when people know who they are and what they have to offer can they find a mate who is an appropriate match for their values, interests and goals.
Recovering the mind, body and spirit requires time to clear the years of shame, guilt, denial and emotional wreckage, and the likelihood of staying sober increases with each year in recovery. Once individuals pass the one-year mark, they can gradually ease back into dating.
At the same time, Desloover counsels, they should continue in therapy for at least another year for help to maintain healthy dating habits.
“If they start dating too soon, they are likely to choose someone who is emotionally less mature, as they themselves are, than if they waited a year.” People tend to choose partners who are at their same emotional maturity level.
It would follow then, that recovering individuals would choose differently after working on themselves first.
Some women choose abusive partners in early recovery because they lack discernment or grew accustomed to being treated poorly in childhood.Many recovering addicts benefit from ongoing support to help them work through their insecurities, build confidence, and learn to feel and express emotions in healthy ways.Dating is never an excuse for using drugs or alcohol.“Whether the object of the addiction is drugs or an unhealthy attachment to another person, the individual is searching for something outside themselves to fill the emotional void within.” The “rush” of a new relationship can be emotionally damaging and can derail even the most valiant recovery effort.In most cases, individuals who can’t refrain from having a relationship in the first year of recovery are missing an opportunity to address the core issues underlying their addictions.
In early recovery, people tend to choose the same type of partner they would’ve chosen when they were using drugs.