Plus, when the conversation goes silent you have the scenery to fill the gaps. There are a myriad of ways you can volunteer for half a day in your community – go to the pet shelter, serve food at a soup kitchen, or clean up the local park.
Stop for an unexpected sweet treat, or walk as far as you can in one direction and then take a taxi or bus back. Use what you see as conversation starters, and awkward silences will be less likely. Find something you are both willing to try and give it a go! Dating in recovery doesn’t always have to be so serious. Not only is it a great way to get to know each other and help out, but volunteering is great for your recovery too.
Not only will this be a great place to talk about the new feelings that arise as you first start dating again, but your group members will help keep you focused on what is important – your recovery.
Anywhere that has become an important and conducive place for your recovery, such as AA meetings or a new job, may not be the best place to find a partner.
Breakups can put people at risk for relapse, and if a breakup also makes a place that was once a solid part of your recovery uncomfortable, this risk gets even greater. Dating another recovering addict is advised only if both people are secure in their recovery, making both partners’ risk for relapse less likely.
If you feel that you are on the way to relapse or are currently relapsing, contact us today to see how we can help.
A substance abuse problem changes the way a person looks at the world, and treatment does much the same thing.
Here, we explore a few of the most common challenges: Meeting up for a drink is a common suggestion for a first date – which means you may be pressed to speak up about your sobriety before you are completely comfortable.
(Keep reading to find our list of unique date ideas that are substance-free.) It is imperative that you keep on track with your recovery progress by attending regular meetings.
If you do choose to embark on a relationship with someone who still drinks or takes drugs, you must ensure that they take your recovery seriously, and you may want to lay down some ground rules about substance abuse in your presence.
There are many great things you can do on a first date that do not involve getting inebriated, and that can help you get to know each other better – which is what a first date is all about, right? And if the meeting goes well, you might just have a full day of fun ahead of you!
Used bookstores are full of interesting artefacts and can serve as a springboard for any number of brilliant conversations.
Going for a walk can lead to a spontaneous and open-ended first date.
If you do meet someone special within the first year of recovery, taking it slowly and being honest that your sobriety is the most important factor in your life is crucial.