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There are 4 predictable stages that couples experience in a dating relationship.
At each stage, there is often a decision (sometimes more thoughtfully arrived at than others) to move forward or to end the relationship.
Some stages take longer than others to go through and some people take much longer at each stage.
Used bookstores are full of interesting artefacts and can serve as a springboard for any number of brilliant conversations.
Going for a walk can lead to a spontaneous and open-ended first date.
Stage 1: Initial Meeting/Attraction Dating relationships have to start somewhere.
It is also a time when recovering addicts are starting to rediscover themselves.
The early stages of recovery are spent figuring out who you are without drugs and alcohol, rebuilding your own sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and re-learning how to cope with stressors of everyday life.
If you do meet someone special within the first year of recovery, taking it slowly and being honest that your sobriety is the most important factor in your life is crucial.
Dating in recovery can be challenging for many reasons.
This is why it is often recommended that you wait at least a full year before starting to date in recovery.