One of the messages you probably hear in early recovery is that you should be very cautious about dating.You may even be told that you should avoid dating or forming relationships for at least a year.
Recovery is essentially about finding and loving yourself and this cannot be achieved through dating another person.
Romantic relationships can be appealing because they can temporarily numb pain we may feel from facing our personal hardships, behaviors and past.
Personal reflection and self-analysis is an important step to knowing ourselves and learning to accept and love ourselves.
Our work to understand ourselves can be undermined or become convoluted if our efforts are distracted by a budding romance.
It also becomes very difficult to sort out what are my issues to work on and what are someone else’s.