By Kelly Burch You’ve put in the hard work, going to meetings, resisting temptation and redefining your life as positive and productive.But now, you want someone to share all that progress with. Going to the bar to meet someone is out of the question, and even the mainstream dating sites are likely to garner suggestions to meet for drinks after work.You need to learn to love yourself first before you have anything to offer anyone else,” he said.“Date yourself first, and if you have good time then you know you have something to offer to someone else.” Five tried-and-true sober date ideas. Whether you’re practicing a dance or trying to cook up a dessert there will be plenty of laughter when you try your hands at something new.The site is free as well, and allows you to connect with over 11,000 sober singles across the country.12 Step Match 12As it’s name implies, this site is for anyone working the 12 steps.“You need to find someone who understands trials and tribulations of someone in recovery.Both Kole and Williams were inspired to start sober dating websites from their own recovery experiences.
It’s natural to want to share the new you with a partner, but don’t go looking for love too quickly, experts caution.
Have coffee and conversation: Because “coffee and recovery go hand in hand,” according to Paul Kole. Best of all, the site is free, generating it’s revenue from ads, rather than membership fees.
Recovery Date This site lets your get specific, allowing you to search for potential dates by state, age and even recovery program, from Overeaters Anonymous to Adult Children of Alcoholics.
“A lot of times we tell people that they should wait for the first year to make major changes,” said Dr.
Harris Stratyner, clinical regional vice president of Caron Treatment Centers in New York.