In order to achieve long-term sobriety, you have to put your program first.

This remains true, regardless of your relationship status.

If you are already dating someone, it is a good idea to discuss with your partner the pace of the relationship.

Try to avoid making any big decisions within your first year, like moving in together, marriage or children.

The excitement of a new relationship can lead to a shift in priorities.

You may neglect the parts of your routine that were helping you to stay sober.

To be clear, no professional would ever recommend dating in early recovery.

But, we have to be realistic and look at cases individually.“Solid” sober time is entirely subjective as recovery is an individual process.However, it is important to consider that 12 step purports waiting one full year before starting a new relationship.In addition, there is an increased risk of relapse with breakups. Could you both indulge a case of the “screw-its” together?If your partner is in recovery too, it is important to assess their stability as well as yours. Structure and routine are crucial to the recovery process.Give them time to learn and understand what your program consists of.