Dating someone in a 12 step program

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It’s been more than 15 years since my last drink or drug.

I credit the 12 steps for helping me rebuild my life and have attended tons of meetings (probably around 4000, but who’s counting? When I found recovery I was single, never married with no kids and strung out on more than drugs and alcohol—I was addicted to attention from men.

In other words, there's often a lot for them to "unlearn" in recovery.

As a result, they might view dysfunctional relationships as normal and seek out these types of unhealthy relationships in their new sober life, unless they are made aware of what they are doing and work diligently to release and heal their past.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 took years of bad decisions, heartbreak and, ultimately, hard work on myself before I was relationship material.I met my husband seven years ago at a 12-step service meeting and we’ve been together ever since.

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