Tips For Navigating Relationships After Addiction Recovery

Many people struggle with the burden of repairing existing relationships or learning how to have a healthy relationship during and after recovery.

While experts advise waiting to start a relationship until some time has passed, many people undergoing treatment are in relationships already. Others still feel lost when they get back into dating.

Prioritize Your Sobriety

While putting your sobriety ahead of a relationship might feel unnatural or selfish, it’s quite the opposite. Your sobriety is the foundation of a healthy relationship.

Prioritize Communication

Being open about your experience when dating someone new is also essential. Tell them about your recovery and what it means to date you.

Develop Strong Boundaries

Setting solid boundaries— and communicating them— is crucial for protecting your sobriety. What these boundaries entail will vary depending on your unique circumstances.

If you’re in a relationship, your partner might still feel skeptical, hurt, or untrusting. It takes time to get back on track and build a new, stronger relationship.

Take Things Slow

Prioritize Self-Care

Prioritizing self-care ties into prioritizing sobriety. It’s essential to practice holistic health habits like nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management practices.

Take Accountability

Substance abuse causes people to say and do things they wouldn’t while sober. While addiction is a disease and those who experience it have limited control over what happens.

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