Dating a recovered alcoholic aa meetings
The old “I’ve wrestled with my demons and won” line? How about a simple, “I’m a pretty hot colossal f**k up”?
It’s always a little awkward when a potential date wants to “meet you for a drink.” Telling them you’re sober feels like confessing to some horrible chronic STD.
AA has done such a good job of selling alcoholism as an uncontrollable disease, maybe people believe that you can just slip off (like Lee Remick in Days of Wine and Roses) into oblivion.
I commend you for not dating primarily fellow recovering alcoholics. Because then your life would be totally circumscribed by alcohol, its avoidance, the issue of alcoholism, etc. And, given that you don’t belong to any movement for recovery, it seems you don’t want to devote your life to group meetings and fellow alcoholics.
Many have a hard time accepting that a hiatus from intimate relationships is necessary.
In their minds, dating and new relationships seem benign.
That, in fact, makes it sound like you subscribe to AA and disease theory.It is strongly advised that they remain focused on themselves until their sobriety is strong.Once they are settled in their new life, they can then begin to consider sharing it with somebody else.I find it very frustrating because I am not ashamed of being sober. And furthermore, do you have any suggestions that I could use to make people feel more at ease with my sobriety? Americans in general claim that they accept that alcoholism is a disease, and accept AA.But, it seems many don’t want it to touch their lives.
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It can come as a surprise when you’re dating someone who reveals that he’s a recovering drug addict.