Facing uncharted dating territory without your usual liquid courage can increase your risk for relapse.
Be aware that diving into a new relationship can trigger the same receptors.
Ask yourself if you are really ready to share your time with a significant other, or if you are using relationships as a distraction.
In addition, there is an increased risk of relapse with breakups. Could you both indulge a case of the “screw-its” together?
If your partner is in recovery too, it is important to assess their stability as well as yours. Structure and routine are crucial to the recovery process.
The excitement of a new relationship can lead to a shift in priorities.
You may neglect the parts of your routine that were helping you to stay sober.
You may also expose yourself to more social situations where alcohol is available.
As part of your therapeutic process, it is a good idea to understand what an enabler is and to make sure that your partner is unmistakably supportive of your sobriety.
Whether you are single and getting sober, or recovery is a part of your relationship, here are some tips to help you date smarter and safer. A therapeutic environment is a necessity for learning more functional patterns of behavior and gaining insight into the origins of your disease.