During Recovery, Valentine’s Day Should Be a Time for Sober Single ReflectionOn Valentine’s Day, everybody wants to be in a happy, romantic relationship. For individuals who have only recently started or completed rehab for substance use disorder (SUD), however, it may be best to remain single. There’s an unwritten rule in Alcoholics Anonymous that is shared by most addiction specialists and psychotherapists that states people who are in recovery from SUD should not begin dating for at least the first year of their sobriety. Take comedian Pete Davidson of the television program Saturday Night Live. His marijuana abuse was complicated by pain from Crohn’s disease and depression from his borderline personality disorder. Since coming out of rehab in March 2017, he has ended one long-term relationship and started and ended another four high-profile ones:
- Singer Ariana Grande, May to October 2018: Dates, becomes engaged, and breaks up.
- Actress Kate Beckinsale, January to May 2019: Dates and breaks up.
- Actress (and daughter of model/actress Andie MacDowell) Margaret Qualley, June to October 2019: Dates and breaks up
- Model (and daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford) Kaia Gerber, Nov 2019 to January 2020: Dates and breaks up.
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