“Most people are drawn to partners at their same level of emotional development,” says Neil Strauss, author of .
While the guidelines for dating in recovery are similar to the rules of engagement for “normies,” a few rules are critical to your success: Dating carries obvious risks.
You’re sharing personal information with someone you don’t know well who may or may not be who they say they are.
Safety can be of even greater concern for the 40 million people dating online where it’s easy to hide behind anonymity, make up personas and date multiple people at the same time.
As your brain and body heal from drug abuse, it can be tempting to replace the high of alcohol and other drugs with the flood of chemicals like norepinephrine, dopamine, phenylethylamine (a natural amphetamine), estrogen and testosterone that create the “high” of new romantic love.
For some, relationships and sex emerge as an addictive behavior.