Sober & Single? A Guide to Sober Dating

Dating can be challenging but it doesn't have to be. Use these dating tips to meet your sober sweetheart.

Are You Single? Tips on Staying Sober for Dating

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Dating can be challenging, and navigating the dating world while new to sobriety can be even more complicated. Add Covid-19 restrictions on top of that, and it can feel overwhelming. When meeting up with someone for the first time, people often don’t want to commit to dinner, suggesting grabbing a drink. It can be difficult for individuals in recovery to either attend or explain why they are declining. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner on February 14, 2022, so whether you’re in recovery or just sober curious, these sober dating sites can help you find companionship.

1. Sober Dating OneDate at a Time

This app consists of individuals in the recovery community that has committed to abstaining from a life of drugs and alcohol. You are connected with potential matches based on your sobriety preferences, social comfort levels, meeting attendance, and relationship with your sponsor. The app is available for individuals age 17 and older.

2. Clean and Sober Love- CASL

Finding a sober companion is difficult. CASL connects individuals in recovery that are ready to begin a relationship connect. Creating a profile is easy to set up, with easy search options and chat features. The Premium option unlocks additional features such as unlimited super likes, read status option, profile boost, and removes ads.

3. Loosid

This app provides more than just a love connection. It includes a clean time counter, sober tracking system, connecting with other sober members, listening to audio podcasts of how people have overcome addiction and live sober in the rooms and out, or dating other sober singles. Loosid is a one-stop shop for navigating the social side of sobriety.

4. Clean and Social

Clean and Social is an app similar to Tinder, where users share a photograph and any details they want to share with other users. It features a complete social sobriety network, sober events calendar, recovery meeting schedules, positive habit-building tools, video testimonials, and complete dating services. Even if you are not at the point where you are ready to begin dating, this app is good for you. You can begin with daily affirmations, breathing exercises, or just searching for meetings, and then when you are ready to start the dating process, that feature is available as well.

5. Hinge

While this app isn’t specifically for individuals in recovery, there is an option to select how often you consume alcohol. Not everyone who chooses not to drink or do drugs is in recovery, so you may find someone with similar interests who chooses a clean lifestyle. This app has also been around for a while and is more widely known so that you may find more potential partners.

6. I Am Sober

I Am Sober is a great app for accountability. You can connect with an extensive network of people who all share the same goal to live one day at a time sober. There is a beautiful community of supportive and motivating individuals struggling with similar obstacles in their lives and provides a sense of home and resource for any moment of needed reassurance and hospitality.

What if I feel uncomfortable meeting people online?

If online dating isn’t your cup of tea, there are other ways to meet local singles in person. There are many ways to enjoy an alcohol-free dating life. Try the following in-person methods to find your sober sweetheart!

1. Meetup

Meetup is a website that has groups created for sober people. One of our favorite groups is Sober NYC- it’s a group of over 1,000 members that post events and share activities throughout New York City that don’t involve drinking alcohol or consuming drugs. Whether it be a coffee meetup or a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you are destined to meet some sober singles!

2. Volunteer

Try seeking out volunteer experiences at a local animal shelter or community organization. Not everyone who lives a sober lifestyle is in recovery, so meeting individuals with the same goals outside of a recovery program is possible.

3. Take a Class

Look on Groupon for a pottery class or another class that might interest you. This way, you don’t have to make a substantial financial commitment in your attempt to meet some new people. In recovery, you’re always in the market for new sober ways to spend your time, so trying out a Yoga or cooking class may also be another way to put yourself out there. Who knows, intro to Yoga could lead to a long-term relationship.

4. Go to an AA or NA Meeting

While dating is not encouraged within your first year of the program and dating someone from your home group could make your continued attendance uncomfortable if things don’t work out, I would not suggest dating someone from your meeting. However, it is still an excellent way to interact with other sober individuals. Perhaps a friendship made during a meeting can lead to a sober activity where other sober individuals will be, and it can increase your odds of finding a sober companion. Sober people at your meetings will also have mutual friends outside of your meetings, and maybe they are your perfect match!

5. Alumni Programs

Avatar Residential Detox offers extensive aftercare planning, to help prepare for real-life challenges. It does include an Alumni Program, which is another excellent support network where you can connect with other individuals who have completed our treatment programs and participate in sober activities like BBQs, Hikes, Movie Nights and Support Groups. To find out more information about our treatment programs and aftercare planning services, contact us today at 973-774-7222.

Dating when you are sober may not seem easy, but that’s why we’ve prepared these helpful tips to help you get started. When you feel you can begin dating and have discussed it with your support system and sponsor, the first thing you’ll need to do is meet new people, whether it be online or in-person! The options above are a great way to start but don’t forget that the best way to meet people is, to be honest, and just be yourself.

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