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.
In therapy, you will work on assessing readiness, especially for the dating game.
Beginning a new relationship too early can add to those stressors and actually tap into the parts of the brain associated with addiction.
If you date too soon, you may also be using the relationship as a way to quell the urges in early recovery.
Recovery is a time for self-care and reflection, establishing structure and controlling urges.
Most weeks, Saturday nights are spent at 12 step meetings.
It is common for addicts to seek instant gratification and experience a transfer of addictions, particularly in the earlier phases.
Take time in sobriety to reset those dopamine receptors.
In addition, there is an increased risk of relapse with breakups. Could you both indulge a case of the “screw-its” together?