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Dating a dude that's sober (like, full-blown, 12-step kind) can be a challenge.
But even if you can't live without your happy hours, it doesn't have to be a deal-breaker, according to a guy who has sworn off booze. But it's not easy being the soda drinker in a party of two.
Men and women learn a lot in recovery, not just about staying sober but living a happy, satisfying life.
They don’t need to be taken care of; they learned how to do that for themselves.
Many PIRs [people in recovery] also need help establishing healthy relationships.
They have learned critical relationship skills, including how to identify, process and communicate their emotions and to set personal boundaries while respecting the lines drawn by others.Recovering addicts don’t expect perfection in their partners, having learned firsthand that it doesn’t exist.And they have committed – in recovery and in life – to honesty and integrity and making decisions in accordance with their values.In other words, there's often a lot for them to "unlearn" in recovery.In Twelve Step programs, and especially in Steps Four through Ten, PIRs learn how to develop healthy relationship skills.