From the February 2012 magazine.

February 2012: Don't Rush Love

After a first sober relationship turned into disaster, she learned to listen to others

Falling in love is risky business. Falling in love in recovery is really risky business. In AA we are given strong suggestions about staying out of romantic entanglements until we have at least one year sober. We are told that we are not capable of forming and maintaining any meaningful, intimate relationships until we’ve found some peace and stability within ourselves.

So, many of us may think (being perfectly honest), How about shallow, empty relationships to get our physical needs met? Still a bad idea. Empty sexual encounters are destined to leave us feeling, well, empty. And when first starting out, we are most often feeling pretty low already.

-- Carla S.

East Providence, Rhode Island

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