Is it Safe for me to Start Dating in Recovery?

Once you have transitioned to sobriety from active addiction, your desire to experience all that life has to offer will be reignited within you. This includes the natural inclination for humans to seek companionship, and many in early recovery quickly grow impatient and wish to jump into the dating world as quickly as possible. This could prove perilous for your recovery for several reasons, so you should do some careful introspection and discuss your dating activity with your sponsor before taking this step.

Addicts often seek comfort and validation from others, and this behavior does not disappear simply because we have stopped our active substance abuse. We must work to establish a healthy level of self-esteem and belief in our own value in order to stop compulsively seeking external validation of our worth. If you are still in a mindset of low self-esteem, your motivation to enter the dating world may be stemming from your desire for validation from others which would do you more harm t