Getting Serious: Dating in Recovery, Part 5

If you’ve been careful to take time for yourelf and your personal growth after your initial treatment in recovery, then when the right person comes along, you’ll be able to more successfully enter into a long-lasting, fulfilling relationships. But remember. .  .

Serious Relationships Take Serious Work

As the relationship progresses, you should open up emotionally over time and become more committed to the person you are seeing. This should happen gradually as a result of mutual attraction. You don’t come to a magical point in a relationship where you should instantly open wide the floodgates of your emotional attachment. Your connection to each other should grow gradually over time as you earn each other’s trust.

Tha said, even when two people carefully grow closer together over time, the relationship often doesn’t work out in the end. And dealing with that loss should be carefully done. Discoutinued relationships are often some of the hardest and most dangerous times in recovery. But they are often the times for the greatest personal growth.

Your Sobriety Is More Important

Always remember that your sobriety is more important than dating. You don’t want to be with someone who would willingly or even unintentionally jeopardize that. Just because someone is a “good person” or “has potential” doesn’t mean they are right for you at this point in your life.

There truly are plenty of fish in the sea. If you keep that in mind, you will be more fulfilled than ever when you do eventually develop a lasting, healthy relationship.