1. Trading One Addiction for Another
Just because drugs and alcohol are no longer in the picture, a new relationship can serve as a replacement addiction. Instead of obsessing about getting high, you can start to obsess over your new found love. Instead of focusing on your recovery, a new relationship can distract you from your recovery instead.
2. Developing Codependency Issues
Codependent relationships are a type of dysfunctional relationship where one person supports or enables another person's addiction. Once you get sober, you become extremely vulnerable and it can be very easy to become infatuated with someone and end up feeling like you desperately need them.
Relapse is always a possibility when dealing with addicts/alcoholics. If you and/or your partner struggle with addiction, your use can trigger their relapse which is extremely dangerous for both people involved. Addicts and their partners need to be aware of their triggers and be prepared to get help if necessary.
The main concern for dating in early recovery is that it distracts us from our main purpose of why we decided to get sober in the first place. When we first come into recovery, we are broken and lost, in need of serious care for ourselves. We deserve to give ourselves a chance to better our lives and to become healthy, productive members of society, before starting a relationship. The relationships we enter will only be as healthy as we are as individuals.