Romantic relationships can be a great source of happiness in sobriety, but they can also be the source of great pain.One of the worst things that an individual can do in early recovery is jump headfirst into romance.When people become sober it opens up a world of possibility.They can now begin to rebuild their life and get back many of the things they have lost.The first few months of recovery are often described as an emotional rollercoaster because there is so much going on.The last thing that an individual will want to do will be to add the stress of a new relationship to the mix.Healthy Recovery, Healthy Relationships Most recovering addicts aren’t strangers to therapy and, as a result, have spent a lot of time working on themselves and their relationships.
Because recovery is a lifelong process, recovering addicts are in a perpetual state of self-improvement.
After dating one dud after another, you finally find someone who seems to have it all – thoughtful, witty, responsible – and good-looking to boot.
Then they drop a bomb: “I used to be a drug addict.” They may as well have said, “I’m married.” But does one partner being in recovery automatically spell doom for a relationship?
I did whatever I could to support him while he was sick -- his laundry, cleaning his house, caring for his dog.
I was at every doctor's appointment and went to family support groups with his parents.