Question by  Sin42 (11)

Why does alcoholics anonymous tell people in recovery that they should not start new relationships?


Answer by  malone (4817)

While addicts are selfish and self-involved, they are also very "other focused. " Given that recovery takes a great deal of introspection and self-examination, honesty and hard work, and given that an alcoholic is not well, turning time and energy to a new relationship is not advisable.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

When you are in recovery, you are seeking to end your addiction to alcohol. That should be your entire focus. Forming new relationships takes time, energy, and effort away from the recovery process. Secondly, the best relationships are those formed when healthy and whole. When in recovery, you're lacking. Wait until healthy, and then you will seek healthy relationships.


Answer by  imoecc (25)

The recovery process is hard, adding things like relationship troubles and considerations that go along with relationships add to the stress of recovery.


Answer by  Betty0320 (734)

It's because the feelings in a new relationship are really intense, a newly sober person needs the stability of routine and the flexibility to go to meetings whenever necessary.

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