How long should you wait to date in recovery?

While the answer will be different for everyone, it's important that you wait until you've maintained your sobriety for a significant period of time before jumping into the dating group. Most experts recommend waiting until you've been sober for at least a year. This will give you time to readjust to sobriety. There is no one-size-fits-all rule about dating in recovery.

However, many experts, as well as the 12-step guidelines, recommend not dating for at least a year after being sober. The philosophy behind this recommendation is understandable. During early recovery, we must focus on ourselves, learn to cope with stress, and try to minimize emotional triggers. While romantic relationships can be empowering and supportive, they can also be stressful and emotional.

However, a good foundation in recovery can help us to better measure ourselves in the relationship, as well as in the relationship itself.

Melba Marois
Melba Marois

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